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Stoppard – The Deceptive Dramatist (Drama)

“We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.” Tom Stoppard

Are you intrigued with the plays of Tom Stoppard and would like to get to know his work better?
Are you an actor that loves immersing yourself in excellent writing?
Does the juxtaposition of, or collision between, two different worlds fascinate you as a performer?

Then this is entirely the course for you…

This practical acting course will delve deep into the work of Stoppard – a writing career that spanned 50 years and produced a huge range of some of the best work of British theatre.  It’s perfect for actors who want a hands-on exploration of his plays and for directors who would like an opportunity to develop their knowledge of how to stage top quality writing.

During the week you will:

This course is for actors (although directors are very welcome as long as they are prepared to get on their feet and have a go) with some experience of working with text and it’s staging.

Tutor: Cat Robey

Cat is Associate Director of 2 theatre companies, the award winning Ransack Theatre, and Metamorph Theatre. She is a 2016 graduate of the Birkbeck MFA in Theatre Directing and was Resident Trainee Director at HOME 2015-16.

Most recently Cat directed The Shy Manifesto by Michael Ross at Live Theatre Newcastle and on national tour. She is currently developing My Turn Now, an adaptation of the book Growing Old Disgracefully; We The Young Strong by Nicola Baldwin supported by The Lowry, The Criterion and Arts Council England; On Arriving by American playwright Ivan Faute; Measured by Emma O’Brien; and Weathered, a Cuban play by Abel González Melo.

Directing includes The Good Landlord (VAULT Festival, King’s Head); The God Delusion (Chorlton Arts Festival); After Party (Pleasance); Catching Up (N16); No Signal (RADA); Enveloped in Velvet (Arts Theatre); Yerma (Fourth Monkey); Hatch (Park); Freedom, Books, Flowers, and the Moon (Waterloo East); and Ondine (White Bear) for which she was nominated Best Director by the Off West End Awards. Cat has directed 3 award winning musicals for Fat Rascal Theatre: Beauty and the Beast: A Musical ParodyBuzz: A New Musical and Tom and Bunny Save the World.

Associate and Assistant Directing includes Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe); The Emperor (Theatre for a New Audience in New York and Young Vic); ChamacoInkheartThe OresteiaWallflower (all at HOME); Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. (Old Grenada Studios) and Dogs Barking (RADA).

Cat teaches at, and is on the interview panel for, the Birkbeck MFA in Theatre Directing.