What’s On – Playwright Workshop and Observe the Sons 30/09/2016

Routes into Playwriting Workshop with Theatre503’s Steven Harper

Tue 4 October 4pm

Theatre 503’s Literary Manager Steve Harper will be running a workshop for aspiring playwrights at The North Wall next week, to coincide with the run of And Then Come The Nightjars. Focusing on the playwriting process, Steve will run a series of exercises focusing on creating character, story arcs, plot, structure etc as well as discussing routes into playwriting. This is also a great opportunity to find out more about Theatre503, one of the UK’s foremost venues for new writing.

Only 15 places available

Tickets: £10 (includes a ticket to And Then Come the Nightjars at 8pm)

Call 01865 319450 to book

***£7.50 student tickets for both performances available***

The North Wall Arts Centre | South Parade Oxford OX2 7JN


Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

A major new co-production of Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme will be trooping into Oxford Playhouse from Wednesday 28 September to Saturday 1 October. From prominent company Headlong, renowned for its bold and inventive approach, this iconic war play by Frank McGuinness focuses on a small group of Irishmen due to take part in one of the bloodiest battles in human history.


The Playhouse

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Peer Support Group for Drama School Applications


I’m looking to get together a group of finalists who intend to apply to drama school this year for a set of informal sessions designed to prepare you for the auditions/interview process. OUDS has had contact from alumni interested in giving advice and possibly holding workshops this term. On top of this, I’m interested in holding workshop sessions aimed at honing audition speeches, and improving improvisation and drama games skills. The overall aim is to build confidence and make sure you have a support system of peers which helps you perform your best when it counts.
For those applying for both acting and directing courses.
Use the contact form if you’re interested and Christopher White will contact you with more information once term starts

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Contact me about either of the following:

Playhouse Surgeries

Have an idea for a Playhouse show? Not sure about funding? Worried about bums-on-seats? Come chat to the OP Programme Director and I in the Burton Taylor Studio, Wednesday 1st Week (12th October) 13.00-15.00. To book a 20-minute slot use the contact form.

Bids for the Playhouse Trinity Term slots are due in 4th Week – so start thinking about what you’d like to put on and do come chat to us even if you’re certain it’s the best idea since Fifty Shades was made into a film.

Professional Theatre Surgeries

On the 19th October (Wednesday 2nd Week) a veteran actor, producer and industry professional (and long-time supporter of Oxford Student Drama), will be coming to Oxford to dispense advice for those looking to become actors, directors, producers or any other role in theatre. There are up to 6 slots available between 11am and 3pm. Use the contact form for a slot indicating what you wish to talk about, your college and your subject. These surgeries have proven to be extremely helpful for those looking to enter the theatre world in the past. They are not open to graduates or to first-year undergraduates. Preference will be given to those in their final year.


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Applications for Workshops with Claude-Michel Schönberg

We are very pleased to announce that the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor for the 2016-17 academic year will be Claude-Michel Schönberg.

Claude-Michel Schönberg wrote the music to Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, two West End and Broadway hits. As part of his professorship Claude-Michel Schönberg wants to run a composition workshop for aspiring stage composers (be that in Opera, Musicals or Soundtracks). Fifteen Oxford students will be selected to attend two workshops per term over the course of this year to develop their current work under Claude-Michel Schönberg’s guidance. Needless to say this is an exceptional opportunity to have your music examined, critiqued and worked on by a master of music for the stage.

To apply please use the contact form with a short biography, brief of the concept you are working on at the moment (no more than 100 words), a score of composed segments and a midi/mp3 file. The deadline is 11:59pm Monday 3rd October – any submissions after this will not be opened. The workshops will run WEDNESDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2-5PM & WEDNESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2-5PM, please ensure you can make these.

In addition Claude-Michel Schönberg will be presenting his Inaugural Lecture Creation and Immigration at St Catherine’s College in the Bernard Sunley Theatre 17:00 3rd November 2016. To attend please enter the ticketing ballot at www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk/cmsinaugural.

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