Ages 16-20: Technical Taster Days
Technical Tasters are a series of workshops running all day on Saturdays throughout September to July where you can explore two components of technical theatre. You can sample a mixture of Wardrobe, Lighting, Scenic Art, Stage Management, Property Making, Construction and Make Up.
Where will the Technical Tasters be held?
The workshops run on Saturdays at RADA, from 10am-5pm. Please note, it is not possible to sign up for a half day, you must sign up for the full day.
Who leads the Tasters?
Workshops are led by RADA teaching staff and graduates.
What will be covered?
The workshops cover the range of subjects taught at the Academy on the full time Technical Theatre and Stage Management course. Sessions are introductory and are designed to give people an insight into the world of technical theatre. Topics range from stage management, lighting, make-up, construction, sound, scenic art, props and wardrobe. The Tasters are not a course, and each one will be different so you can book for as many as you wish according to your interest. All materials will be provided and you do not need to bring or prepare anything unless otherwise stated.
How much does it cost?
The cost of each Technical Taster day is £20, (unless otherwise stated).
Who is it for?
If you are aged 16-20 and have an interest in design technology, craft, fine art, theatre management or just generally working backstage but aren't quite sure which bit - then these taster sessions give you the chance to explore. During the sessions, you will be introduced to two elements of technical training including scenic art, construction, make-up, lighting design and props making.
How many places are available?
Places on each RADA workshop are limited to 10 people (in most cases), to avoid disappointment please make your booking early.
Please note: You will receive confirmation of your booking by email and the Tasters are non-refundable
SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER
10.00am – 1.00pm – Wardrobe with Helen Chattaway
After an introduction to theatre wardrobe, and a brief look at the history of costume, there will be a chance to learn some hand sewing techniques and to create a theatrical costume accessory, such as a small ruff or choker.
2.00pm – 5.00pm – Make-Up with Paul Aspinall
An introduction to stage make-up and hair covering cuts, bruises, ageing and wigs. You will be shown how to work with professional products used in theatre and get the change try out what you have been shown. All materials will be provided.
SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER
10.00am – 1.00pm – Stage Management: Blocking with Dave Salter and Chantal Hauser
The role of the Deputy Stage Manager in rehearsals is to keep track of the actors movements in the script. This is important to help the actors remember where they should be standing for dramatic effect and to aid with the smooth running of the technical rehearsals. During this workshop, you will learn how to take notes about blocking, the different areas of the stage and how to track the actors movements.
2.00pm – 5.00pm – Props with Juliet Lano
An insight into the exciting and challenging world of props and a chance to get hands on experience with some of the materials and techniques used in today’s prop studios; who knows this may just be the inspiration for making a career out of your creative talents or just a fun afternoon casting, mixing and faking it!
SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER
10.00am – 1.00pm – Sound with Chris Drohan
This hands-on session gives you a practical introduction to sound design and effects. Working with software such as QLab and equipment like mics, cables and speakers, you will be taught how to create atmospheres, recordings and soundscapes for theatre.
2.00pm – 5.00pm – Lighting (Design) with Jai Morjaria
This afternoon teaches you about skills required to rig, focus and maintain lighting equipment as well as the equipment itself. With this in mind, you will also look at what design choices to make when looking at a play and how to portray these on stage.