Theatre Workout Education

Maximise your theatre visit with a bespoke workshop tailored to your group.

Our workshops can be tailored to any West End show you're going to see, exploring its story, characters and themes.

Workshops can also expand your curriculum studies by focusing on technique or practitioners.

 

Simply tell us what you want your students to achieve and we'll develop a unique experience just for you!

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Bespoke, performance based workshops

Our most popular workshops and masterclasses cover all aspects of theatre and performance technique, including Acting, Shakespeare, Musical Theatre and much more...

Tailor your workshops to the show(s) of your choice, or select one of our official West End Workshops developed in collaboration with leading West End plays and musicals. 

For something more unique, take a look at our specialist programmes

Acting For Theatre

Acting is at the heart of all theatre and performance techniques, so Theatre Workout Education offers a range of acting masterclasses to cover all the main philosophies and styles of acting technique.

 

Our standard masterclass explores contrasting techniques used in classical theatre, drawing inspiration from the main 20th century practitioners including Stanislavsky, Brecht, Meisner, Artaud, Grotowski and many more...

 

Acting workshops can be tailored to any production of your choice to relate techniques to the characters, themes and genre of that production.

Acting For Film

Delivered by a professional film crew, Acting for Film workshops explore acting techniques required when working with the camera.

 

This workshop features exercises and techniques explored through scene studies, including direction and rehearsals. Scenes are recorded to be viewed and critiqued during the workshop with copies available on request.

Due to additional equipment required, a surcharge applies of £150 per workshop. 

Devising and Physical Theatre

Devising and physical theatre masterclasses explore contemporary performance techniques and creative exercises which are ideal for creating original pieces of performance.

 

Inspired by techniques employed by the National Theatre, Frantic Assembly, Complicite, Grotowski, Artaud, Derevo, Jacques Lecoq and more, these workshops explore the use of the body in performance with reference to dance, clowning, mime, mask and other non-verbal forms of theatre performance. 

 

Physical theatre masterclasses are ideal for student groups of all ages and ability, including foreign groups with low English speaking ability.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre masterclasses cover all the bases with a focus on acting through song and dance, yet can focus on any of the following disciplines on request.

 

A typical two-hour workshop may include:

  • Physical and vocal warm up

  • Singing technique, including scales, harmonies, group and solo singing, featuring songs from the show of your choice

  • Dance technique and choreography, with relevance to the specific show of your choice

  • Acting exercises to engage with characters and emotional journeys within source material

  • Performance of songs and routines in groups 

  • Material from any musical or music artist

Shakespeare

Working from the actor's perspective, these workshops explore performance techniques and can be tailored to any Shakespeare play.

 

Workshops may include:

  • Voice and speech techniques

  • Characterisation

  • Gesture, movement and physicality

  • How to read Shakespeare's direction to the actor through the text

Stage Combat

Led by professional Fight Directors and combat specialists, Theatre Workout's Stage Combat workshops will guide you through simple techniques used in stage, television and film.

Your workshop may include:

  • Health and safety rules

  • Unarmed Combat: including punches, slaps, kicks and shove

  • Reverse Control: including hair pulls, ear pulls, nose grabs, chokes and strangle

  • Armed Combat: including rapier and dagger (advaced groups by arrangement)

  • Combination routines and choreography

Armed stage combat workshops are available with a surcharge of £5 per student

 

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Storytelling

Storytelling workshops are ideal for all student groups as they get to the heart of all theatre and performance - story!

 

These workshops employ exercises designed to inspire creativity and imagination, prevent self-censorship and allow students to invent imaginative stories of their own.

Residential Workshops

Residential workshops provide students with an intensive, challenging and rewarding learning experience as they explore professional performance techniques and create work for performance.

 

As part of our commitment to providing bespoke workshops, our residential workshops offer training in any aspect of theatre and performance, including Acting, Dance, Devising and Physical Theatre, Shakespeare, Stage Combat, Musical Theatre, and Mask. The more you tell us about what you want to achieve, the better we can tailor a programme just for you.  

 

Residential workshops are available for schools, colleges, universities, theatres, arts centres and other venues. Past workshops have been run throughout the UK, Europe and Asia.

Specialist Programmes

Audition Masterclass

Originally developed in partnership with A Chorus Line at the London Palladium, this workshop plunges students into a professional workshop audition scenario - they must be prepared to learn fast and perform with everything they have!

 

Students will be taught choreography in real time, given a chance to perform solo and in groups, and may be given a chance to sing 6-8 bars of a song of thier choosing. Unlike a real audition, positive and constructive criticism will be offered!

 

**This workshop is only available to students planning higher or further education Drama or Performing Arts courses, with a view of working professionally in the industry.

**An acting option is also available.

Clowning

Being 'in the moment' is an essential part of being a successful actor. This workshop will help you stop acting, instead learning to react instinctively, truthfully, and open you up to the creation of open, honest characters through improvisation and play. 

Public Speaking

Public speaking is an essential part of professional life, especially when working in Sales, Marketing, in any Self-Employed profession or Business Management, not to mention teaching!

 

Inspired by professional acting techniques, this fun and entertaining workshop discusses our fears and anxieties over speaking in public, supported by practical exercises to build confidence.

 

Workshops may include:

  • Breathing, voice and speech techniques to improve the quality of the voice

  • Body language and presentation skills

  • Creative use of language and delivery style

  • Networking and pitching skills

Workshops for Foreign-Language Students

Students can sit in a classroom to learn English anywhere in the world. Only in London can they access the wealth of art, culture and history which makes British education unique!

 

Theatre Workout has developed a programme of workshops specifically designed to help foreign students gain confidence and learn to speak English in a more creative way. 

 

Workshop options are available for beginner, intermediate and advanced English speakers, in which students play, create and perform in English, gaining confidence and advancing their communication skills.  

Backstage Workshops

Theatre isn't just about what happens on the stage. Off-stage, there is a whole world of opportunities and essential roles. In partnership with The Backstage Centre and industry professionals, we have a range of backstage workshops, talks and seminars for your group. 

Set Design Workshop

Theatre Workout's resident Set Designer, Christine Osborne, will take your students through the design and development process of creating the world in which your productions live.

 

You'll discuss creative design roles, types of productions and performance venues, budgets and processes, look at a range of set design concepts and designs, before creating your own designs inspired by classic stories we all know. 

Stage Make-up

Delivered by professional make-up artists, this demonstration workshop covers all the basics of stage make-up design and application with professional industry tips, and can take place in London's West End. 

90 minute demonstration covers:

  • The design process including style, genre and recording techniques

  • Application technique for stage and film

  • Demonstrations of different 'looks' on students inspired by current productions

Extended 2.5 hour workshop options include special effects, such as cuts and scars, wigs, hair and prosthetics.

Due to additional equipment required, a surcharge applies of £150 per workshop.

Talks and Seminars

If your students are thinking of a career in the creative industries, training is essential to ensure they are fully prepared for the highs and lows that come with it. The following talks are all led by industry professionals and are designed to generate thought and discussion on their future careers.

The Business of Theatre

This is a perfect seminar for Business, Hospitality and Leisure and Tourism students, or drama students looking at theatre from a production viewpoint. It discusses the commercial West End theatre industry, how it operates and how its links with other associated industries, such as the travel, tourism and business communities.  

 

  • Contrast and compare commercial theatre to other business models, exploring the process of creating a show from concept to opening night

  • Discuss West End theatre's influence on other industries, including Leisure and Tourism, Group Travel, Ticketing and Hospitality

  • Discuss funding models, investments and financial planning

Producing your own productions

If you want to stage your own productions, this seminar discussion explores all aspects of producing a play or musical in either the subisdised and commercial sector.

 

Discussions may include:

 

  • Planning ahead for the show you want to make, licensing, legality and rights

  • Raising money from grants, charities, crowdfunding, sponsorship or commercial investment

  • The creative process from concept to opening night

  • Selling your show and moving forward

Working Freelance in the Arts

It's not only actors and performers who work freelance. Since the recession, being a freelance entrepreneur has become all the rage.

 

Working Freelance can look at any industry, so if your students are heading that direction, this is an essential workshop for them!

  • Discuss the highs and lows, benefits and pit-falls

  • Tax and accounting

  • Marketing, self-management and business planning

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