Performing Arts Trip to London

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.

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Visits

  • A West End Show.
  • Curriculum-based workshops at the National Theatre, which include acting, directing and set design.
  • Globe Theatre Tour: an exclusive guided tour of London’s most historic theatre, home to many of Shakespeare’s first productions. The tour uses interactive displays and live demonstrations to explore the history of London and play-going during Shakespeare's lifetime as well aspects of performance today, from prop-making to stage combat.
  • Workshops at the Globe: a half-day interactive workshop that sets your chosen Shakespeare play in its social, historical and theatrical context, ready for further classroom study.
  • Victoria And Albert Museum (Costume Display)

Where to stay

Our students stay in the centrally-located 3 star Hotel Umi.

National Theatre (NT) Workshops

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.

Acting (2 ½ Hours)

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.

Directing (2 ½ Hours)

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. 

Design (2 ½ Hours)

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.

Q&A (1 Hour) - suitable for older students

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.

Sample Itinerary

Day One

Leave school in the morning, afternoon check in to accommodation. Evening tour of London.

Day Two

In the morning go on a Globe Theatre tour. Attend an afternoon performance workshop at the NT or at the Globe and in the evening go to a West End show.

Day Three

Morning spent shopping in Oxford Street. Leave London in the afternoon and arrive back at school in the evening.

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