Budding actors and actresses can attend a fun-packed summer school at Coventry’s biggest theatre.
Belgrade Theatre has announced its annual summer school will still go ahead but with social distancing in place.
To comply with the latest Covid-19 health and safety guidelines, the socially distanced sessions will run in two groups for four days each at a cost of £120 per child. It will run from August 10 to 13, then from August 17 to 20 between 10am and 4.30pm.
The programme of activities includes acting workshops and drama games, and will be available to school pupils aged eight to 16 – with no drama experience necessary.
This year’s theme is ‘Coventry Talking Heads’ which will take inspiration from Coventry creatives who have portrayed characters at The Belgrade Theatre.
The young performers will create an original performance led by the theatre expert practitioners, which they will be able to share digitally with family and friends.
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Creative Producer Hannah Barker said: “We are really happy to be offering Summer School this August and excited about what this can offer young performers who have missed out on opportunities to connect, collaborate and develop creative skills in recent months.
“Like many of our participatory programmes, Summer School is about more than just acting. It also offers a platform for young people to find their voice and tell their stories – and what a time to be doing that.
“We don’t want to simply work around the current challenges but embrace them as an opportunity for young people to learn new and different skills, and build the resilience they need to adapt to change. While they won’t be able to share their work in person with parents, guardians and friends, participants will learn what it takes to create, rehearse and perform their characters on stage and explore how that might be adapted to work for an audience that views it on screen.
“We are all learning what it is to create and collaborate in these unusual circumstances, so it will be wonderful to welcome young imaginations back into the theatre.”
Following the summer school sessions, the theatre will be bringing back its youth and adult acting classes in September – with classes designed in a way that can be moved online if necessary.
For more information and to book, please visit www.belgrade.co.uk/acting-classes-and-summer-school .