Summer School Activities
Summer School kicks off on Saturday at 5pm with a welcome meeting. After the evening meal you will meet your tutor(s) and fellow students for an introductory session.
“I was a bit nervous about coming along to start with as it was my first one, but from the start everyone was so warm and welcoming and the nerves soon disappeared” CW 2017
For the rest of the week, after breakfast, all students meet so that important notices can be given. Classes are close by with coffee machines close to the teaching rooms, you've not got far to go for your mid-morning coffee or afternoon tea break.
On Friday, morning classes are followed by an informal sharing of what's been learnt during the week.
On Monday and Wednesday evenings there are a wide range of optional evening sessions offered by our tutors. It’s an opportunity to indulge in something you love or try something a little different. Scroll to the bottom of this page to view or download the information on Evening Sessions for NODA Theatre Summer School 2018.
“It was fun and not too difficult (even for a beginner)” CM 2017
“I came away from Gregor's evening course with many ideas, thoughts and inspiration - I wouldn't mind doing a full course!" JN 2017
There will also be an evening with a guest speaker(s) with a link to performing to offer their slant on the industry. In recent years this has included People's Strictly contestants, some of the Mechanicals from A Play for the Nation and, in 2017, Matthew Kelly.
“It was just what I needed after a very hard working creative day!” SW 2017
To round off your day you can relax and spend time socialising with other students. Regular evening social activities include quizzes and sing-a-longs
Finally Friday night it's time to party with your new friends at a themed evening with optional dressing up.
A detailed timetable and student information pack for the week will be published on the website, about a month before the school, to help you to prepare for your 'countdown to Summer School'
“The social activities I attended made my week extra special.” HM 2017
Students enrolled on a Summer School 2018 course can now select their options. Please use the Log In option at the top of the page to enable this. Although your first choice cannot be guaranteed, every effort will be made to allocate you a place on a workshop you request (spaces are NOT allocated on a first come first served basis). Please make your selection before Midday on Sunday 29 July 2018.
Monday Evening Options
-Please select your first and second choice
Although your first choice cannot be guaranteed, every effort will be made to allocate you a place on a workshop you request. Please use the Log In option at the top of the page to enable the "Your Activities" below.
Audition with Confidence with Phil Barnett
A look at how nerves can affect your performance at auditions. Find out the key to being able to deliver your best work under the most stressful of circumstances! As a group, we will share tips to overcome our anxiety and fears. There will also be an opportunity to get up and have a go in front of your peers should you wish – but this will be entirely voluntary with no pressure on anyone. A fun evening which will hopefully give you some tools to help you deliver your very best work when it counts. We can’t promise that you will get the part, but you will take away hints and tips to remain more grounded in future auditions.
Dance yourself Dizzy with Lynne Bustard
A fun class looking at a musical theatre classic. Learn new choreography, get some exercise and mix with other summer school students. This session will appeal to those with basic dance experience - no black soled shoes please - trainers or light soled dance shoes.
Devised Theatre Inspired by Board Games with Sarah Osborne
Working as a company, participants will create a brand-new piece of theatre inspired by all things connected with board games a practical and energetic workshop for aspiring theatre makers who fancy having a go at something a little different (and perhaps a little left field too) Bring your creativity, positivity and belief. Dress code – rehearsal clothes you can move freely in.
Improvisation and Theatre Sports with Matt Harrison
A practical and playful workshop full of spontaneity, improvisation, exploring devising techniques and Keith Johnstone’s famous theatre sports!
I’ve @*%ked up Bigger Shows Than This with Mark Shayle
A class all about all the stuff actors, directors and creative types should know to stop the production staff booby trapping your work of Art. Essentially, it’s a session full of lots of brilliant ways to be better at putting on shows in your society – come armed with questions and a sense of humour!
Music Hall to World War 1 in Song with Pam Rudge
Come and sing a varied group of songs from Music Hall up to rallying and wistful World War 1 songs to remember its centenary this year. Initially "Song and Supper", now song after supper at NODA, alcohol optional. Oh Mr or Mrs Porter, do come and explore familiar and unfamiliar songs as you sing to the Boy in the Gallery, while you keep the home fires burning and Pack up your troubles etc etc
Musical Theatre Performance Class (Observer)
Musical Theatre Performance Class with Sarah de Tute and Suzie Dumbreck
Performers will be selected by lottery to get up and sing in a masterclass setting, with a chance to receive the best possible advice on improving both vocal technique and acting through song. Bring a song you know well but are looking for some advice on. This course will appeal to all musical theatre performers at any ability level. (If you’d like to be considered to sing, please bring a copy of your sheet music for Sarah. Observers are also welcome.)
Women in Shakespeare with Josh Roche
A look at the three ‘types’ of women in Shakespeare; the mothers, lovers and witches. We’ll look at whether these types hold up, how one group lends to the other and vice versa. We’ll also interrogate what the plays say about opinions of women at the time and how the plays can be re-interpreted for today.
Wednesday Evening Options
-Please select your first and second choice
Please use the Log In option at the top of the page to enable the "Your Activities" below.
A Little Menken Magic with Marjory Watson
For those who love a dash of Disney with their musical theatre - an opportunity to learn and sing some of Alan Menken’s classic ensemble numbers.
A Play is Play with Kerry Frampton
A chance to discover character and story through play – in this session we will learn by doing – Do – Experience – Understand. A session full of the joys of teamwork, spontaneity, joy and play
Amateur Theatre – Celebrated or Derided? with Ian Good
This thought-provoking workshop/forum will explore the debate of professional theatre versus amateur theatre. It will include an investigation of why there are so many amateur companies? Why they do what they do? Why they choose the show and plays they perform? What societies need to survive in Amateur Theatre? And how we can strive to improve the standard of amateur theatre?
Design for Actors and Directors with Julia Locascio
Designer and director Julia Locascio will lead a session on the principles of visual and sensory storytelling. Students will investigate the narrative, character, and emotional potential of space, colour, light, and texture. Can a shift in light be as captivating as a great Shakespearean soliloquy? Julia says yes and makes the case for why. This session is intended for non-designers interested in design or those wishing to deepen their collaboration with designers. That said, designers and visual artists of all experience levels are welcome.
Latin Fusion Class with Leila Stewart
A free dance class full of Samba, Cha-Cha and Rumba steps – a high energy session – a brilliant opportunity to work hard and have fun! Wear clothes you can move in and trainers – no black soled shoes please
Puppetry with Aaron Parsons
An introductory session for individuals who want to learn the fundamentals of puppetry. You don’t need to have had any experience – just a willingness to learn! The workshops will explore the essential principles that are needed to bring a puppet to life, touching on ideas of object manipulation into multi puppeteer styles such as Bunraku and simple visual story telling.
Wand Fighting with Tom Jordan
Join Tom and a coven of like-minded witches and wizards for an evening of battling with the most magical of weapons…wands! It will be great fun, but you’ll learn some brand new skills too! Physical, energetic and truly creative!!
Write a song in a night with Ian Bustard
Bring any instruments you play and come along and take part as Ian guides you through the process of writing a song. You’ll discover your inner songwriter in 90 minutes and enjoy hearing the results. Suitable for aspiring musicians and lyricists alike at any level.