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. Information will be availble from mid-June
“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
“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
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.
BPPSA with Pam Rudge
An invaluable workshop on Best Preparation Practice for Singing Auditions looking at: song selection, how to prepare, how to deliver your best and how to make nerves your ally.
Introduction to Directing Actors for Camera with Justin Allder
A practical workshop exploring techniques and tips for directors to use when directing actors for the camera.
Musical Theatre Performance Class (Observer)
Musical Theatre Performance Class with Sarah de Tute and Suzie Dumbreck
Performers will be selected by lottery (we have to pick names from a hat on this and usually work with about 6 people in the session) 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. Songs should have strong ‘storytelling’ quality – either up tempo or ballad. Something with emotional arc. 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.)
Open House with Matt Jaques
A chance to call in and have a chat to gain an insight into the working life of a professional set builder and props maker including lots of ideas of how to solve set and props problems and an opportunity to ask the expert.
Passing Through with Simon Carroll-Jones
A mass movement session for all abilities. Passing through is a form of collaborative movement based on simple rules that we can either follow or break. Passing through connects us with each other and the space we occupy in the present moment. It was created by the choreographer David Zambrano and is suitable for both dancers and non-dancers alike.
Slam Dunk Shakespeare with Michael Corbidge
Join Michael Corbidge Senior Voice and Text Associate at the Royal Shakespeare Company for some text play direct from the R.S.C.'s Rehearsal Room. This workshop will share with participants some of the essential skills and fundamental tool kit to explore the voice and its message actively.
The Act of Play with Aaron Parsons
This session will give participants the opportunity to focus on play, and how play can lead to creating and generating material in response to text. The approach is influenced by the notions of play, pleasure, and complicity and will allow participants to explore ideas around letting go and staying present through movement, improvisations, exercises and games.
The Importance of the Given Circumstances with Sarah Osborne
A practical exploration of how to ensure every scene of a production has clarity and focus through simple and effective techniques using text as the font of all knowledge and creativity as the key to unlock it.
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.
An Introduction to Laban with Cat Robey
A practical session introducing Laban’s Eight Efforts, exploring how these techniques can be applied to help an actor find their character physically and emotionally. Also looking at how Laban can help us when approaching text.
Creating an Award Winning Programme with Phil Barnett
Our very own Phil will take you step by step through the process of producing a programme that reflects the excellent quality of your shows with top class examples from his own productions at Kidz R Us.
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.)
Ensemble and Chorus with Kerry Frampton
A workshop that will explore the role of a chorus on stage. You will practically explore how to work as an effective chorus both physically and vocally, how to use a chorus to tell a story, how to create a chorus of characters and ensemble techniques to tell a story without props, set, lighting or costume.
Improvisation and Devising with Mark Stevenson
A fun and practical session. Mark will take the group through a series of improvisation and storytelling games before using these skills to devise and present short scenes.
Stage Combat Basics with Tom Jordan
Ever fancied having a go at stage combat? Perhaps you have never had the confidence to try? If so, come along and join in for a beginners session introducing you to the discipline and giving you the opportunity to give it a go!! An active class for any level of Stage Combat experience. Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in.
Stage Presence with Tom Hughes
What makes someone interesting to watch on stage? In this workshop participants will engage in exercises, based on the work and research of Forced Entertainment, about being on stage, telling truths and watching people on stage.
We’ve Saved the Best for Last! with Marjory Brown
Come and sing some of the best finales in Musical Theatre in this practical ensemble singing workshop.
Evening sessions on Monday and Wednesday are volunteered and hosted by our tutors to allow students a taster of something a little different, mix with students from other courses and have fun. Each will last a maximum of 90 mins and have a slightly less formal feel than daytime classes. We hope you enjoy the selections for 2019.