At every step of their journey we are looking to find industry professionals for our training practitioners to work with. With this aim in mind, we were very excited to welcome Kelly Smith from professional theatre company Scene Productions for a Woyzeck masterclass, working alongside our second year drama practitioners who were currently working on their own studio production of Woyzeck. The practical masterclass focused on major themes within the text, acting techniques, staging ideas and exploring an Artaudian response to the text. The afternoon was dynamic and exciting and it was wonderful to watch 60 young practitioners working together to create meaning and vibrant performance pieces, that is what it is all about – expanding outside of the set curriculum and working together to create their own work.
The workshop was followed by a studio production of Buchner’s WOYZECK in the evening. This studio production involved all our second year practitioners coming together to perform this expressionistic play as theatre makers, exploring staging ideas, differing practitioner influences and working within differing genres. Our focus is on our young practitioners as artists and as collaborators, thinkers and learners creating work that is provoking, entertaining, popular, eclectic, anarchic, contradictory and diverse – and this studio production certainly was!