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NEW VIC PRESENTS PROGRAMME OF FREE ONLINE THEATRE SKILLS MASTERCLASSES IN LOCKDOWN

NEW VIC PRESENTS PROGRAMME OF FREE ONLINE THEATRE SKILLS MASTERCLASSES IN LOCKDOWN

25th January 2021

The New Vic is inviting local young people to learn a range of creative skills from the comfort of their homes by joining in with free, interactive virtual workshops.  

New Vic staff will share their unique professional expertise in a series of practical online masterclasses, from Tuesday 26 January to Thursday 11 February.

Hosted by the New Vic Education team, the sessions will be suitable for a wide variety of ages (up to age 19) and skill levels, and cover a range of fascinating and fun disciplines. The masterclasses will include sessions on practical sound design, designing for Zoom, 3D printing, 3D modelling and animating, the role of a Deputy Stage Manager, puppet making, designing for theatre, lighting, and creating special effects with make-up. And younger learners can join in the fun too. For children aged four to seven and their families there is a ‘Boogie Beats’ music and movement session on Wednesday 27 January and a ‘Teddy Tales’ storytelling get-together on Tuesday 9 February.

With practical demonstrations and activities throughout the sessions, participants can join in using simple software and items which can be easily found around the house and each session is designed to give participants a fun insight into the world of theatre-making.

To book onto a masterclass, email education@newvictheatre.org.uk.

Props and Settings Maker Melissa McCann with young people taking part in the RSC Next Generation Project
Props and Settings Maker Melissa McCann with young people taking part in the RSC Next Generation Project

Online masterclasses schedule:

Tuesday 26 January, 4.30pm-5.30pm: Practical sound design (part 1 of 2) with Sound and Lighting Technician Alex Day. Discuss the role and practice of a 21st century sound designer, and design your own post-production soundtrack to a video clip. Reaper/Garageband software recommended. Suitable for ages 14+.

Wednesday 27 January, 3.30pm-4.00pm: Boogie Beats with Resident Theatre Education Practitioner Becky Salt. Make your own simple musical instrument, be a part of our band and then dance along to some of our favourite songs! Suitable for children aged four to seven, and their families.

Wednesday 27 January, 4.30pm-5.30pm: Design for Zoom with Head of Design Lis Evans. Explore how we see each other on Zoom, and how we can present ourselves and environments in different ways both practically and digitally. Suitable for ages 10+.

Thursday 28 January, 4.30pm-5.30pm: Introduction to 3D printing with Resident Lighting Designer and Chief Electrician Daniella Beattie. Find out more about how a 3D printer can melt plastic into any shape you design. Suitable for ages 13+.

Monday 1 February, time 5.30pm-6.15pm: Practical sound design (part 2 of 2) with Sound and Lighting Technician Alex Day. A chance to feedback on the post-production soundtracks created, following the first practical sound design workshop. Suitable for ages 14+.

Tuesday 2 February, 4.30pm-5.30pm: Introduction to 3D modelling and animating with Deputy Chief Electrician Pete Morgan. Using 3D modelling software Blender, discover how animations can be created digitally. Suitable for ages 14+.

Wednesday 3 February, 5.30pm-6.15pm: What is a Deputy Stage Manager? With Deputy Stage Manager Kate Wilcock. Meet Deputy Stage Manager Kate Wilcock, find out what this role involves, and even how to cue a show. Suitable for ages 13+.

Thursday 4 February, 4.30 -5.30pm: Introduction to making puppets with Props and Settings Maker Melissa McCann. Learn how to create your own bird puppet at home with everyday household and recycled materials, and take a closer look at puppets from past New Vic shows. Suitable for ages 10+.

Tuesday 9 February, 3.30pm-4.00pm: Teddy Tales with Resident Theatre Education Practitioner Becky Salt. Bring along a favourite cuddly toy, and let’s see where our imaginations will take us! Suitable for children aged four to seven, and their families.

Tuesday 9 February, 4.30pm-5.30pm: Design for theatre with Head of Design Lis Evans. Explore the entire design process from initial research to sketchbook and technical drawings, costume fittings, and more. Suitable for ages 13+.

Wednesday 10 February, 5.30 – 6.15pm: Introduction to lighting with Resident Lighting Designer and Chief Electrician Daniella Beattie. Find out more about how we light up productions on stage. Suitable for ages 10+.

Thursday 11 February, 4.30pm-5.30pm: Creating special effects with makeup with Institute of Makeup Artistry-qualified Assistant Stage Manager Kayleigh Cooper. Learn the basic skills required for a range of stage makeup effects including scabs, burns, blood application, and stitches. Suitable for ages 10+, parent supervision recommended.


Article by Becky Loton

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