12 – 25 Year Olds
Our central training programme explores voice, text, improvisation, physical theatre, movement, project and group devising, rehearsal and performance.
It offers young people high-level direction and the opportunity to develop their skills and potential in a structured range of theatrical disciplines and techniques, enabling young people to emerge as skilful, articulate and confident performers.
Our Musical Theatre course is dynamic, intensive and challenging as it prepares young people for the excitement, skills and demands of the musical theatre repertoire. Each season incorporates techniques, styles, choreography, group and solo singing building to stagings of works ranging from Broadway classics to innovative new styles of musical.
Each weekly session is 2 hours.
Circus Training & Performance
Playbox Theatre has been one of the main forces for promoting circus amongst children and young people since our earliest days. With the specific dual aims of developing healthy lifestyle and exploring physical artistry our programme trains the young and creates performance.
Amongst the specific disciplines developed:
Manipulation: juggling; clubs; scarves; balls; hoops
Aerial Arts: corde lise (rope); single trapeze; double trapeze; tissue (silks); aerial hoop
Acrobatics: tumbling; aerobalance
Low Wire, Clowning, Cycling
In 2014 we created a large-scale circus production, Wonderia (2014), commissioned for the G8 Conference at the Houses of Parliament and a medical conference hosted by the University of Birmingham.
Within Playbox Theatre’s Voice Studio young people explore the potential of the voice for actors, speakers, confidence building and for the pleasure of language. A wide approach is taken including vocal exercises, voice training, LAMDA examinations and giving talks alongside performance opportunities.
The Voice Studio limits numbers to ensure a highly individual and personal approach tailored for each member.
Film & Digital Media Studio
Members undertake a blend of film-making skills including camera operation, editing, special effects, green screen, sound, acting for screen and television and the opportunity to be part of a film unit.
Led by experts from the film and media industry the programme is unrivalled across the region.
Young people create mini-docs, trailers, and short films.
Using the extensive resources of The Dream Factory this course offers young people backstage training covering stage management, set construction, lighting, sound design and operation. Presented in a hands-on manner, using industry standard equipment and technologies. There are regular opportunities for members to work on all Playbox productions across our Theatre and Studios, making them an important part of the show making process and offering practical experience.
Auditions and preparation for Drama Schools, University and other forms of vocational training make huge demands on aspiring young people. Our unique professional training sets out to ensure that the members of the programme are fully ready to approach their post-Playbox training.
The course includes Text and Voice, Audition Material selection, Movement, Directing, Song, Performance, Discussion, styles and genres of contemporary and classical theatre. The programme is designed only for those young people who seek future careers in theatre.
Fight Lab (12+ years)
Offering the training required to bring thrilling fight sequences to the stage and screen. We explore both armed and unarmed combat throughout the ages in a safe and controlled environment.
Acting for Screen (12+ years)
Acting For Screen is a diverse and thorough training programme focussing on crafting performances for the big screen. Through practical exploration and consistent exposure to the lens, young people get the opportunity to deconstruct what makes a great performance and develop their own unique working method.
Blank Shift – Writer’s Workshop (14+ years)
Blank-Shift Writers Workshop is an unparalleled opportunity for young and talented writers to push their craft as part of a regular and dynamic new programme. Run by Playbox and Ustinov Theatre School director Toby Quash, with guest speakers and writers from across the industry, the weekly sessions will give immediate, practical advice to those keen to drive their writing further.
Based at our award-winning theatre complex, The Dream Factory, Blank-Shift writers will be guided and encouraged to discover their creative voices—to help them speak louder. Covering poetry, prose, free-writing, creative non-fiction, screenwriting and much more, the elements of the programme are all geared to the eventual development of strong and individual writing for the stage. A small and select group of writers will work alongside one another to learn more about plotting, dialogue, character, style, and cross-genre approaches to their work, before moving towards readings with actors, redrafts, rehearsals, studio work and production.
To apply. please send your contact information, some brief details of your previous experience and reasons for wanting to become part of the course, along with a short sample of your work (poetry, script or prose), to email@example.com.