RSC Workshops

Amateur theatre companies are getting the chance to enhance and build on their stagecraft with the aid of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The world-renowned company is heading back to Norfolk to offer two free workshops in Norwich on September 25 to any group which wants some extra coaching and support as part of its long-running programme of work with communities across the UK.

The project known as Open Stages also builds on their work in the county over the last 18 months when they encouraged local theatre companies to take part in workshops with them and then selected one – The Common Lot – to join them on stage in the critically-acclaimed A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the Theatre Royal stage. Their return later this month aims to build on that with workshops focusing on voice/text work and movement at the theatre’s Stage Two building as a thank you to all the drama groups and organisations that worked with them on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Wendy Ellis, the theatre’s learning and participation manager, said: “The object of these sessions will be to share some of the work they did, say thank you to the companies that auditioned and offer some skills they can take away to use in their own work.

“Given the success of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the RSC is also looking seriously at doing more similar work. These workshops will give them the chance to stay in touch with amateur theatre makers in and around Norwich.”

She added,

“Their energy, ideas and generosity of spirit has had a huge influence on the production and have been a big factor in its success.”

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