Young Company Shakespeare Acting Programme - Assembly Hall Theatre

Looking for something fun to do this Summer once you have finished your exams?

Are you also interested in the performing arts, or the works of William Shakespeare?

If so, then read on to discover more about the Assembly Hall Theatre's Young Company Shakespeare Acting Programme coming this August!

This 2-week programme is for young performers aged 14-19 years.

Over 10 days, participants will work with industry professionals exploring the Bard's texts, as well as strengthening and implementing the skills needed for live performance in the Round.

Workshops will include in stage combat, voice for performance, and master classes with professional actors, culminating in a live performance of scenes from Shakespeare's classic works chosen by the performers and director, this is an unmissable opportunity for aspiring thespians.

This programme runs Monday to Friday 5 to 16 August 10am – 4.30pm (both Friday sessions will run later – finish time TBC).

Friday 9 August will include a trip to London to The Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to see the 7.30pm performance of Much Ado About Nothing. The programme will conclude with a final performance to the public the evening of Friday 16 August.

The programme participation fee is £200 per young person. The fee includes all sessions, transport and tickets for the Globe Theatre trip, and 2 tickets to the final performance for friends/family.

If you book your place before midnight on Thursday 27 June '24, the participant will also receive a free ticket to Henry V in Calverley Grounds on Sunday 30 June '24.

Through this programme participants will be eligible for a Bronze Arts Award, which is a nationally recognised qualification for arts participation; the cost of which is included in the programme cost.

“Let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me.” – Much Ado About Nothing

Young Company Shakespeare Acting Programme Show Details
Dates:
05 Aug 24 - 16 Aug 24
Times:

Monday to Friday 5th – 16th August 10am – 4.30pm
(Both Friday sessions will run later – finish time TBC, the session on Thursday 15th August will allow late arrival for the collection of A level results)

Prices:

£200 per young person
The fee includes all sessions, transport and tickets for the Globe Theatre Trip, and 2 tickets to the final performance for friends/family. If you book your place before midnight on 27th June, the participant will also receive a free ticket to Henry V in Calverley Grounds on 30th June.

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Monday 5 August
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For performers aged 14-19 years

Please note that participants must be aged between 14 and 19. If you wish to discuss the potential of an exception please contact Bethan Minter (Bethan.Minter@tunbridgewells.gov.uk)

The programme will finish with a live performance of scenes from Shakespeare's classic works chosen by the performers and director.

Cast & Creatives
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Kim Wright

Kim is a director, movement director and intimacy choreographer working primarily in the creation of new work and education; teaching at some of the UK's leading drama schools. Kim gained a Master degree in Movement: Directing & Teaching from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, has also trained in musical theatre and is an acting graduate of Tom Todoroff Studios in New York.

Kim is very much looking forward to working with Young Company Shakespeare Acting Programme this Summer.

Duncan Woodruff

Sword & Scoundrel - Founder

Training:
The Bridge Theatre Training Company
The Academy of Performance Combat

Duncan began a love for theatre in his youth, performing regularly in Speech and Drama festivals during his teenage years under the training of BVA & VCN Voice Coach Thea Carr.
While studying at the University of Kent, he began working with Rob Rawles, touring pub theatre, and subsequently completed the acting programme at The Bridge Theatre Training Company in 2012. It was there that he encountered stage combat, under Equity Fight Director Andrew Ashenden, who became his mentor during his teaching apprenticeship. 
After playing sword fighting pirates with his Grandfather as a child, and growing up on the swashbuckling adventures of Errol Flynn & Basil Rathbone, a career in acting and stage combat was an undeniable homecoming. With his favourite weapon being the Smallsword, and owning a flair for the dramatic, it was only appropriate that he should embark on teaching under the "Scoundrel" Pseudonym!

Acting Credits include:
National Tours; The Three Musketeers (Baroque Theatre), The Wind in the Willows, (Rain or Shine), & Jane Eyre (Blue Orange).
Aladdin (Granville Theatre), Occupied (Feature Film), Radio Blighty's Idle Hour (Regional Tour/Fringe).

Fight Directing Credits include:
The all new adventures of Peter Pan (Theatre Royal York), The all new adventures of Peter Pan (Hawth Theatre), Dick Whittington (Octagon Theatre), Oklahoma! (Guildford School of Acting), On Bear Ridge (National Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Sherman Theatre), Titus Andronicus (T24, UKC), Twelfth Night (Jupiter Creatives), Thou (Short Film), The Mascot Duel (Saracens Rugby, Twickenham).

Other Qualifications & Experience Held:3rd Dan, Shotokan Karate, 2nd Dan, Shorin Ryu Karate (Instructor, Jinkokan Karate Club), Second Lieutenant (Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, British Army Reserve), Level 1 Foil Coach (British Academy of Fencing), First Aid. Current Equity Kent Branch Committee member.

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