London Theatre: Behind the Scenes

Early-bird discount

A discount of 10% will be applied to all applications for this course received by 31 January 2017

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. 

Course details

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. 

Dates and fees

Dates 2017

Summer: 3 July - 21 July 2017

Fees

£1,795*

*Early-bird discount of 10% will be applied to all applications received by 31 January 2017

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

Rebecca Hurst is a Theatre Designer and Visual Artist.  She is an Associate Lecturer on the BA Costume Design Course at Wimbledon College of Arts and also works widely in arts participation.  Rebecca was Resident Designer and Co-company Director for the devising company Cartoon de Salvo between 1999 and 2011 and has designed shows for Manchester Royal Exchange Studio, Battersea Arts Centre, Southwark Playhouse and The Orange Tree Theatre. 

www.rebeccahurst.co.uk

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