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YOUNG COLLECTIVE IS A MEMBERSHIP SCHEME WHICH GIVES YOUNG PEOPLE AGED 14-21 OPEN-ACCESS TO ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE WORKSHOPS

Workshops range from performing, technical theatre, digital content, producing, directing, writing and design. Once you become a member, you'll be able to take part in as many workshops as you like. 

Your membership will allow you access to our workshops, which are stand-alone and available termly. Workshops are free of charge and will be delivered digitally by industry professionals. Membership is £10 for the year (until 31 August 2021).

In addition to one-off workshops, members will also be able to book onto half-term courses that will happen in person at the Royal Exchange Theatre. These courses will intensive performing, writing or technical programmes that will be available at a small cost.

Financial support to help with membership fees, half term course costs and travel is available through our Arts Pot scheme. Applications to the Arts Pot can be made once you have joined to become a member.

BECOME A MEMBER

Memberships for 2021 are now available here. Once you purchase a membership, you will receive a welcome email containing a link giving you access to sign up to the below workshops. 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

Tuesday 23 February 2021, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
PLAY READING CLUB with Isah-Levi Roach
As part of the Young Collective 2021 programme we’re running a monthly Play Reading Club. These sessions will be a chance to explore a new play text every month through a 2 hour session. You will get chance to discuss the plays, read some scenes and share your thoughts and opinions amongst a group. You must read the play in advance. Plays will be issues one week before the session. For anyone who books after this, you will be issued, once you have booked.

The first session will be Tuesday 23/02, 5:00pm - 7:00pm and the play we will be discussing will be: SCENES WITH GIRLS by Miriam Battye

Wednesday 03 March 2021, 5:00pm - 7:00pm 
Stanislavski Acting Technique with Hannah Sands
Stanislavski's methods guide actors to put themselves in the place of the character, by giving them an understanding of a character’s motivations, obstacles and objectives. In this practical workshop, we will try these tools out for ourselves to see if they can help us build "believable characters”. 

Saturday 13 March 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Demystifying Devising with Kate Colgrave-Pope
“There is no formula to the way we make theatre... It starts with an itch, a need, an instinct...” EMMA RICE. 
This workshops will celebrate the wonderful and many possibilities of how we can devise and create a story. And share some fundamental tools with you that will enable you to begin to experiment  with how you can build that story into a confidant and exciting piece of theatre. 

Wednesday 17 March 2021, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Working with Text/Script with Atri Banerjee
You’re an actor and you’ve just been given your script! What do you need to first think about when preparing a play? In this workshop you will learn about how to approach a script and the skills and techniques needed to go into a rehearsal room equipped and ready to start. 

Tuesday 23 March 2021, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Introduction to the World of Sound with Matthew Simms
Sound Workshop by Matt S - Don't know your EQs from your Microphones? Take your first steps in the weird and wonderful world of sound; learn how we create, capture and manipulate audio to bring the Royal Exchange Theatre to life

And more to follow soon...

 

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS

Performing a Monologue with Sean Linnen
Applying for drama school? Or just fancy trying out a new speech? Director Sean Linnen leads an in-depth workshop on all things monologues - including advice on what to choose, how to approach them and a practical toolkit for bringing them to life.


Performing Comedy with Chris Brett
An introduction to comedy performance workshop by Chris B- learn improvisation and joke writing skills and how comedy is a serious business! Join in an improv comedy contest, learning how to think on your feet ,build up your improvisation skills and use stimuli as a starting point for crafting jokes. You will also learn how to apply your acting skills to performing comedy.


Directing new writing with Laurence Young
This workshop will explore a director's relationship to new writing, taking in aspects of dramaturgy and development, giving notes, and staging. We'll talk about the development of some contemporary British plays, and the many different ways new writing can be developed.

Introduction to playwriting with Anna Spearpoint
In this session we will play games, do some simple exercises, and have discussions to help us learn about the life of a playwright and how to take your ideas from something that lives inside your mind, to being on a page and, eventually, a stage. We'll talk about developing ideas, creating characters, building a story, and writing dialogue - all valuable tools for your further creative life, be that as a writer, performer, or theatre maker.

An Introduction to Theatre Costume with Tracy Dunk
Costumes are an important visual tool for telling stories and creating characters.Come and find out about Costume Design, Interpretation and Creation at the Royal Exchange Theatre. See Costumes and Designs from a wide repertoire of productions such as Wuthering Heights, The Skriker, Death of a Salesman, Frankenstein, Guys and Dolls, Jubilee , Scuttlers and The Nightwatch.


PREVIOUS PROJECTS

WRITER'S ROOM
MONDAY 15 - FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2021, 10:00am - 2:00pm

As part of our 2021 Young Collective Programme, we are delivering a week-long Writer’s Room from Monday 15 February – Friday 19 February , 10:00am – 2:00pm each day on Zoom.

During this course, you will meet each morning for a week with a professional writer to learn and develop writing skills for stage. You will learn about research, character, form, structure and dialogue and put these skills into practice as you work towards creating a short play by the end of the week.

The Writer’s Room is open to young people of all experiences. You don’t have to have written anything before. You just need a willingness to learn and enthusiasm for putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys!)!

This course is led by professional playwright Sonia Jalaly. Sonia is a writer and theatre maker from Manchester. She has devised and written work for theatres across the UK with both professional artists and young people. Sonia is currently under commission with HighTide and the Royal Exchange Theatre