Where better to take a group of Performing Arts students than to London, famous around the world for its wonderful theatres and world-class productions. Our workshops at the National Theatre are led by industry professionals who share their expertise and experience to provide an invaluable insight into the theatre world.
Our students stay in the centrally-located 3 star Hotel Umi.
These workshops explore some of the key roles involved in making theatre at the NT. All are active sessions and offer a fascinating insight into the theatre’s current repertoire, past productions and the workings of its three theatres. The workshops are led by professional theatre-makers: many are current NT artists and practitioners and all specialise in the area that the workshop focuses on.
The NT's ever-changing repertoire and three different theatres require completely different kinds of performances. Explore voice, physicality and text interpretation and look at how different texts, directors and spaces affect how actors develop a role.
Whether it's Nicholas Hytner, Bijan Sheibani or Katie Mitchell, the NT is home to directors with a wide range of different approaches in rehearsal and with different ideas of what the role of a director should be.Investigate how directors at the NT work with plays, with actors and with others in a creative team to realise a production. Students have a chance to start thinking like a director, analysing a play and making decisions about how they would direct it.
With costume, props, carpenters, metalworkers, make-up artists and wig-makers all on one site, the NT is a designer's playground.Follow the process of creating a set and costume design at the NT, from initial sketches to realisation. Looking at the work of different NT designers, and exploring how plays and spaces impact on designs, students create a scale model of their very own set design.
Seeing a production at the NT? Want to know what was going on in the director's mind in rehearsal, or how the actors have developed their performances? Our Q&A sessions are designed to give students a clear understanding of how director, designer and actors have realised the play they're seeing. Delivered by the staff director of the show you're seeing, or by a learning associate, Q&As are the ideal pre-performance preparation for students.
Arrive at the airport, meet your tour manager and transfer by coach to your hotel in the centre of London. Walk to your local restaurant for your evening meal. Enjoy the evening relaxing in your accommodation or exploring the city of London on foot.
Breakfast at your accommodation. Enjoy a theatre workshop on the West End show, Wicked at The Umbrella Rooms – Studio 4 in the morning. In the afternoon take your seats for Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Evening meal at a restaurant in Victoria.
Enjoy a guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in the morning, followed by a sightseeing tour, including the London Eye, Westminster and Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, to finish in Leicester square for some souvenir shopping. Time permitting, enjoy some museum visits, with options such as The British Museum, The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum. Evening meal at a restaurant in London.
Depart by public transport for the National theatre for a theatre workshop organised by the Royal National Theatre. Afternoon workshop at Neals Yard Meeting Rooms in Covent Garden. In the evening enjoy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Enjoy a visit to the Harry Potter Studios, the ultimate opportunity to journey behind-the-scenes of Harry Potter and see authentic props, costumes and sets from the most successful film series of all time. Evening meal at the Rainforest Café after which you will see you third London musical, Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre.
Depart from your hotel to begin your journey home.
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