Theatre Royal set to revamp and expand its training programmes
- Credit: Max Hilton
Norwich Theatre Royal has announced plans to revamp and expand its theatre training programme for people of all ages.
The new programme - which launches in the autumn - will see the amount of courses available double and offer more varied opportunities both in terms of performance and behind the scenes skills.
Three new performance companies will be created and there will be a year-long acting course and opportunities to focus on backstage skills, physical or ensemble theatre. More courses will take place during the week, rather than most taking place on Saturdays as they have in the past.
Wendy Ellis, the theatre's learning and participation director, said: 'This new training programme puts a high emphasis on training, learning and individual progression, and taps into the phenomenal professional resources we have at our disposal. It is centred around a series of new companies designed to suit the learning needs of different age groups. Where possible, we will link our learning activities to events and professional performances happening across our three stages (the Theatre Royal, Norwich Playhouse and Stage Two).'
The three new companies are: the Young Company for seven to 17-year-olds; the Empirical Company for 18 to 25-year-olds; and the People's Company for those aged 26 and over.
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Ms Ellis added: 'These new companies and many of the new programmes will give a number of opportunities for people to become a part of performances through the year at Stage Two, Norwich Theatre Royal or Norwich Playhouse. Where possible we will also include opportunities to perform at local, regional and national festivals or events.'
An Introduction To Script-Writing Course will also start in the autumn followed by 2019 courses on Writing For Performance and one for young writers aged 16 to 25. Audition technique courses will resume from September as well as exam classes.
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A Theatre Makers network will offer training and networking opportunities for adults involved in amateur dramatics, and artists and practitioners will be able to take part in masterclasses by industry professionals. There will also be a Volunteer Assistants Programme for adults to get involved with creative work with young people.