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11th July - 7th August 2021


Applications for School of English and Culture summer courses for 2021 are now open. If you were previously booked on to a 2020 course and did not ask for your booking to be cancelled, your place is secure and your application can be completed at your earliest convenience.

In the current climate of uncertainty, we realise that circumstances may alter between now and next summer. We will be as flexible as we possibly can if Covid-19 means your plans need to change and you can request a refund at any time up to 30 June 2021 without losing your deposit.

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Skills for Theatre and Performance

Note this is only a guide, not a guarantee.

Skills for Theatre and Performance

Tutors: Kate Pasco and Lerato Islam
Weeks: 1, 2, 3 and 4

Course Details

This course is a fun and playful introduction to diverse elements of performance and exploring your own creative ideas through new techniques and expressive skills. You will learn and play with improvisation, stage combat, movement and dance, text based work, comedy and using your voice and breath, depending on your group's needs and aspirations. Become confident on stage and performing as you acquire tools for physical performance, be playful with your movement and feel safe to develop your own ideas. You will work in a small group to devise performances and develop your ensemble skills in a silly and joyful environment!

Course Notes

We will do lots of games, activities and exercises which will help you find your confidence in performing, and translating ideas. You will learn new skills which you can use for creating work but also how to be confident on stage.

You will learn put ideas together with others in a group and devise a piece of performance art.

You might look at: Improvisation, voice projection, body language, movement and expression of mood, stage combat, movement and dance, text based work, comedy and using your voice and breath. If the group wants to develop certain skills or enjoys certain exercises, we will take these further.

You will share short performance and learn how to give and receive feedback and then improve or adapt your work. You will work with others from all over the world and you will develop your ensemble skills and have a lot of fun.

All materials will be provided for you, but feel free to bring anything you would like to work on. Please wear comfortable and clothing and come with an open mind!

(The following agenda is flexible and includes time for students to take their own ideas forward)










Class Focus:


Introduction to Drama






Learn names
Learn Key Drama Terms
Start getting used to creating scenes

Get confident working together.

Class Focus:


Voice and Projection







Learn vocal warm-ups

Start practicing Projection

Allow students to become comfortable and explore the concept of mime.


Class Focus:


Character Building

Devising techniques





Learn to embody characters and personality traits

Discuss how to put different ideas together and devise short scenes.



Class Focus:

Movement, physical theatre and stage combat



Become confident with new techniques and skills.





Class Focus:


Put together one piece or small pieces for sharing





Developing work, critical feedback and sharing with an audience.