Theatre Summer School
Twenty-five years ago, Earwig Productions set up its first ever Theatre Summer School at The Gardner Arts Centre on the campus of Sussex University. The project was devised to give young people a unique opportunity to work alongside the company’s enthusiastic and dedicated staff and learn many of the skills and crafts of theatrical production. The students work is small groups with specialist tutors acquiring, practising and perfecting skills in all areas of the theatre such as acting, improvisation, make-up, dance/movement, circus, design and lots more. The aim of the course is to help young people develop an understanding of the requirements of the theatre by working closely with professional performers in a safe, friendly and creative environment.
Our week-long courses are always a mixture of fun and hard work, and each year we aim to introduce some new workshop leaders and plenty of fresh ideas so that those returning year after year will not be repeating work they have already covered. On the Friday afternoon of each week we open our doors to parents and friends who can come and see some of the things we’ve been getting up to! Our final presentations are usually the highlight of a challenging and packed week. Our theatre summer school courses run from Monday to Friday; 9.30am – 4.00pm. Participants are fully supervised from the moment they arrive until they leave; during their lunch break as well as during group sessions. All our staff are DBS checked.
Roedean Theatre is an absolute gem! It’s one of the best locations we’ve ever been able to host our theatre summer school in. If you’ve not been inside it, you’re in for a real treat! Without doubt, it’s one of the very best school theatres in the country and our students benefit enormously form being able to perform on the Friday afternoons at the end of the theatre course in such an wonderful theatre.
As well as the theatre, there is a superb dance studio and a number of large performance and workshop areas, it is also a very safe environment. Children can eat their packed lunch on the grass just outside the theatre, and we can use the building itself if it’s raining.
The school is very accessible and parking is not a problem. It only takes a few minutes to get to by car from the centre of Brighton.