Once the school year ends, there is no need for students to ignore Drama during the holidays: there are plenty of opportunities in Hong Kong for those interested in theatre to develop their skills further.
Starlit Voice have been offering tuition leading to LAMDA examinations this year during enrichment sessions, and they offer an interesting-looking programme of workshops and courses over the summer: click here for details.
CentreStage Studios are a relatively new outfit, but they have already been into School with workshops on Shakespeare and musical theatre. They too offer a range of summer workshops, which can be accessed here.
Finally, Faust are a well-established company with a reputation for offering plenty for budding thespians. This summer they not only offer drama workshops, but also workshops in creative writing; further details can be found by clicking here.
This is a very interesting theatre-based project documented by The Guardian:
Award-winning French photographer Patrick Willocq has recreated the experiences of children who have fled Burundi and Syria using personalised theatre sets. From perilous journeys to the battle to adapt to new environments, these are their stories
See the photos here.
Great to see some of our students getting involved in Frantic Assembly’s Chair Duets Challenge, which I wrote about here.
Have a look at the submissions – see anyone you recognise?
UK theatre company Frantic Assembly create some amazing movement and physical theatre work, and the Drama Department uses a lot of their ideas in lessons.
They have recently launched a Chair Duets Challenge, asking people around the world to create their own Chair Duets using a simple devising technique. This is something we often introduce in Year 9 Physical Theatre lessons.
Watch the video above and then visit the Chair Duets Challenge website to find out more: there is a very clear How To video for creating your chair duet on the website.
It would be great to see some Harrow students uploading their work!
This is an interesting article from the BBC which looks at the work done by Tim Robbins in prisons in the US:
In California, six out of 10 inmates will return to prison within three years of being released. But a drama workshop run in prisons by Hollywood actor Tim Robbins appears to cut this recidivism rate in half – by giving prisoners a chance to explore their emotions, and to gain some control over them.
There is also radio broadcast exploring this work, which can be listened to here.
As many of you will know, Starlit Voice have been running LAMDA examination preparation sessions at Harrow Hong Kong since the start of this year. These will continue throughout the year.
Two of the teachers from Starlit Voice have now started a new venture, CentreStage Studios. CentreStage Studios run a weekend Performing Arts Academy in Repulse Bay, which may be of interest to some of our students. Please see the flyer below for further information.
We recently invited students from local schools in to school for the annual community invitation day. 39 students from other schools worked with 11 of our students, learning about and exploring the use of Trestle Masks.
Here are some shots from the day’s work.