Summer Study Abroad - London Theatre: Behind the Scenes

From the historic Globe Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, to the innovative and radical Royal Court Theatre, London offers a huge range and variety of performance spaces.

Through practical workshops, visits, backstage tours, discussion groups and performances, this course offers you the opportunity to engage with theatrical London through an intensive three week programme. 

Description

Through practical workshops, visits, backstage tours, discussion groups and performances, this course offers you the opportunity to engage with theatrical London through an intensive three week programme.

From the historic Globe Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, to the innovative and radical Royal Court Theatre, London offers a huge range and variety of performance spaces.

You will be based at Wimbledon College of Arts, a specialist art college with theatre as one of its' key subject areas.

Responding to a brief, you will develop a concept and visually communicate your ideas. You will learn about the technical and creative processes involved in theatre, including costume, set design, lighting and props.

Your learning will be enhanced by attending six theatre performances which will be documented through a performance blog and contextualised in group seminars. 

This course will provide you with:

  • An insight into the wide range of cultural and performance offerings London provides. You will record your thoughts and impressions of the performances and cultural spaces you visit in a Reflective Journal or blog.
  • An opportunity to participate in group discussion and be able to articulate your views on your visits and experiences. You will also offer questions and responses in the discussion of the opinions of other group members.
  • A ‘hands on’ introduction to various creative design processes – such as model making, costume design and 3D making techniques.
  • An opportunity to tailor your own mini design project and design and make a piece of work which will feature in an end of course exhibition.

London Theatre: Behind the Scenes is an intense course with teaching taking place between 10.00 and 16.00 most days and some performances in the evenings, although there will be some time for self-directed study. 

Theatre performances

Students will see 6 theatre performances.  The cost of tickets is included in the course fee.  Performances for summer 2017 will be confirmed in early 2017.  Performances for Summer 2016 were:

  • ‘A Midsummers Night Dream’ at Shakespeare’s Globe
  • ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ in the West End
  • ‘Unreachable’ at the Royal Court Theatre
  • ‘The Threepenny Opera’ at the National Theatre
  • ‘Madame Butterfly’ at English National Opera
  • ‘Wot No Fish’ at Battersea Arts Centre

Tutor information

Bob Bailey

Bob Bailey is a Set and Costume Designer based in London.

Theatre credits include:
The Empire (Royal Court, London)
Angels In America (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield)
Moll Flanders (Theatre Royal, Bristol Old Vic)
Love Me Tonight (Hampstead)
Paradise Bound (Liverpool Everyman)
Solid Air (The Drum, Plymouth)
The Woman in Black (English Theatre Vienna)

Bailey has also designed for dance productions (Royal Ballet), Opera (Opera Holland Park, Royal College of Music, British Youth Opera) and in 2007 he designed the Set for the ‘Take That’ musical Never Forget (Savoy Theatre, London and UK tours).

In 1999 Bob was awarded Time Out Designer of The Year for his Set Design for DV8’s production of The Happiest Day Of My Life (UK and European Tour).

Course handbook

Funding

Wimbledon College of Arts Award for Summer Study Abroad

Wimbledon College of Arts will make two tuition waiver awards to support outstanding students who have been accepted onto ‘London Theatre: Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Modern Shakespeare: London & Stratford-upon-Avon’ in 2017.

The award will cover all the programme tuition fee, theatre trips and materials.

How to apply

Submit a 250-word blog post and four photos or one video of two minutes explaining why you want to study theatre in London and at Wimbledon College of Arts.
Think about what you hope to achieve on the programme, specific programme activities you are most excited about and how the programme could contribute to your long term goals.
Please send your application as an email attachment or via a file-sharing site to studyabroadoffice@arts.ac.uk by 1 March 2017 with ‘Wimbledon College of Arts Award for Summer Study Abroad’ in the subject line.

Eligibility to apply

Applicants must have been accepted onto either ‘London Theatre: Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Modern Shakespeare: London & Stratford-upon-Avon’ for 2017.
Winners will be selected on the basis of their blog post and photos or video.
Applicants must be currently enrolled on an undergraduate programme.

Conditions of the award

In accepting the award, successful candidates will be expected to complete three blog entries of 250 words each with a minimum of two high-quality photos per entry, to be featured on our website. The theme of the blog posts will be your experiences on either ‘London Theatre: Behind the Scenes’ or ‘Modern Shakespeare: London & Stratford-upon-Avon’

We may also ask successful candidates to feature in a profile for the UAL Study Abroad brochure and/or website.

Entry requirements

Who should attend?

Summer Study Abroad programmes offer the opportunity to build on your knowledge of an existing subject, or to study something new. This course is based on a selected project from the year one undergraduate curriculum, and is delivered by a specialist course team. The course is suitable for those with some prior experience of theatre design or theatre studies. 



Summer Study Abroad programmes are ideal for current undergraduates wishing to continue their studies into the summer, or those who want a different study abroad experience – it’s a great way to get a taste of study at Chelsea, and life in London.

Entry requirements

Summer Study Abroad programmes are open to students of all levels. Applications are made by online application form.

Details for booking

DateDaysTimeDurationFeeLocationAction
03/07/2017 - 21/07/2017Monday - Friday10.00 - 16.00Three weeks£1795Merton Hall Rd - SW19

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I really enjoyed every minute of the course, in and out of the classroom. I learned a lot, and got to participate in a variety of different creative pursuits.The course itself was great, but [the tutor] and some of the other people involved made me excited to go every day. Thank you!

Alison Parker, Boston University, Summer 2016