Monday, 27 April 2015

Dissertation Performances, trips and workshops . . .

Loads is happening on the Bucks Uni Performing Arts course at the moment!
The academic year is drawing to a close, and we are extra busy during this exciting time of the year!
Apart from the dissertation performance having kicked off, we have various theatre trips and extra workshops happening to fill up an already busy end of year schedule.
Read on to find out what our students experience alongside preparing and performing their final performances, hand in their last essays, and rehears for their last practical assessments . . . . 

Last week, our students had the opportunity to see 'The Boy In The Stripped Pyjama' at The Swan Theatre in High Wycombe. Additionally, there was an chance to meet two of the cast members, Marianne Oldham and Rosie Wyatt.

Next week, we offer a free one-off workshop in Clowning, led by Jonathan Young, who is a LeCoq trained performer and director. The session should be a fun and dynamic experience and a great chance to improve everyone's performance skills. Jonathan's work is funny, moving and thought provoking and he has been shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award. The workshop will be held on Wednesday 6 May, from 9am-1pm in DS2! Here is a little blurry that Jonathan provided about his workshop:
What's the difference between acting and clowning? And how can an experience of clowning help all performers be better? Through fun games and exercises we will explore the qualities of pleasure, playfulness, truthfulness  and receptivity that clowning requires and how these can be applied to all acting. 
 Jonathan Young is a director, writer, performer and Feldenkrais practitioner. He has worked with clown theatre since 2000 and regularly teaches at drama schools and universities in the UK and Berlin. 

On Thursday 7 May, our students can go the wonderful Globe Theatre in London and see the production of 'The Merchant of Venice' for only £4!
The venue is a beautiful reconstruction of the Elizabethan theatre that once existed near this site, with performances taking place in the semi-open air, in largely natural light, in an atmosphere unlike anything else you'll find in a major London theatre. The production also stars Jonathan Pryce, former Bond villain, world class stage actor and current Game of Thrones regular.
Exciting and not to be missed opportunities!

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