The Shoebox Theatre is now taking enrolments for its first ever Summer School for performers aged 11-16, starting on the 14th and 21st of August. The 5-day courses offer an intensive week of tuition from industry professionals in Acting, Stage Combat, Puppetry and Comedy.
“The courses have been designed to give young performers an introduction into a variety of theatre skills, which will be invaluable for those looking to continue studying or working in the performing arts.” said Luke Marquez, Artistic Director of the Shoebox.
“We have brought together a team of practitioners, who are experts in their discipline, including Royal Shakespeare Company Associate, Tom Jordan, who will be teaching Stage Combat and Bee Daws, who is a professional puppeteer and theatre maker. We have been providing masterclasses for actors in Stage Combat, Puppetry, Acting and Comedy over the last year, and cannot wait to share these skills with younger performers.”
Each course is limited to 16 students per class and will provide students the opportunity to widen their knowledge of theatre and discover new talents. It will also include a performance to an invited audience at the Shoebox Theatre, so students can put their new-found skills to the test!
Managed by Wrong Shoes Theatre Company, the Shoebox Theatre is a 50-seat studio space located in the centre of Swindon. It supports new and contemporary theatre and provides training opportunities for students aged 11+. Award winning actress, Billie Piper became the Patron of the Shoebox in February this year.
“Venues like the Shoebox are really wonderful and important. When I was growing up in Swindon, I came through the traditional drama training routes, which are great, but the Shoebox Theatre offers alternative ways of developing skills and gaining experience, which is really, really exciting.” said Billie.
To find out more and to register for the courses visit www.shoeboxtheatre.org.uk/summerschools