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Creative Production Skills

Tue 26 Jan - Tue 23 Feb 2021

Ages 14+ | 60mins

Online course that allows you to take a look backstage, behind the sound board and view the stage from the director’s chair. Suitable for ages 14+.

£4 per session

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Interested in the performing arts? Whether it be theatre, dance, music, events and more, this series of creative production skills workshops will explore the jobs we don’t often see or hear about... Take a look backstage, behind the sound board or view the stage from the director’s chair.

From prop sourcing and sound design to stage make up and directing these classes are designed to give you a practical insight into the various creative roles necessary to make a production.

Please note these are online workshops. Online booking closes one hour before this session begins. A zoom link will be sent to all bookers via email 45 minutes before each session.


Week 1 (Tue 26th Jan) - Sound Production:

Join composer and sound designer Gary Cameron for a workshop exploring how to produce sound for Theatre and Television. To practically engage you will need Logic Pro X/Garageband or simply take part by watching along and asking any questions you may have.

Together we will:

  • Analyse and create sound effects
  • Look into the art of Foley
  • Examine Music and sound within films and how they are composed
  • Create our own sound design for the elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space)


Week 2 (Tue 2nd Feb) - Directing Theatre:

Join theatre maker and director Nikki Kalkman for a workshop the job of theatre director. From idea conception, funding, in room devising, script workshopping through to the rehearsal process, running technical sessions and quieting those opening night nerves. Join Nikki as she explores all the ins and outs that come with the director's chair.


Week 3 (Tue 9th Feb) - Costume:

Join theatre maker Nikki Kalkman for a workshop exploring costume design within a theatre production. Together Nikki and the workshop participants will explore how costumes play an important role in theatre performances, from traditional period costumes through to contemporary performance. From conception through to sourcing and design, this workshop will explore how to create a character, not through how they act, but by what they wear.


Week 4 (Tue 16th Feb) - Stage Management:

Join stage manager Lucy May Wilson for a workshop exploring the various roles in the backstage world of stage management. From prop making to show calling, we will delve into what it takes to be a stage manager and the importance of their role in a production.

Together we will:

  • Learn the difference between an SM, DSM and an ASM
  • Watch a snippet of a Deputy Stage Manager at work
  • Analyse an excerpt of a script for props and explore the various methods of acquiring them.
  • Discover the importance of "The Book"


Week 5 (Tue 23rd Feb) - Theatrical Make-up:

Come along to our online workshop and learn about the role of a theatrical make-up artist in the performing arts and theatre setting. In this workshop we will learn skills such as how to make your very own edible blood whilst learning how to create realistic cuts and bruises.

Want to make your own blood? Then bring along the following:

  • 250ml golden syrup
  • 4 tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder (or chocolate syrup)
  • Red food colouring
  • Warm water

Booking Details

26 Jan - 7:30pm
02 Feb - 7:30pm
09 Feb - 7:30pm
16 Feb - 7:30pm
23 Feb - 7:30pm