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December 2016



Isle of Man

Contact: For terms and conditions for the TheatreFest16 play-writing competition visit Entries can be submitted by email to or mailed to Isle of Man Arts Council, Hamilton House, Peel Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 5EZ.

Entries invited for TheatreFest16 play-writing competition

Closing date December 31, 2016

Entries are being invited for the TheatreFest16 New Work Award.

The play-writing competition invites writers from the island and around the world to submit a new one-act play based on ‘Journeys’, the theme for the TheatreFest16 programme of three new works making their debut over the weekend of September 23 to 25 at the Studio Theatre, Ballakermeen High School.

The winner will have his or her play performed during TheatreFest17.

Launched in 2015 with the theme of ‘Slavery’ the TheatreFest15 New Work Award went to Steve Harper, a retired BT manager from Norfolk, for Morning Star, a play set in a Bristol inn in 1848.

Mr Harper’s play, described by competition judge Colin Dolley of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators as a work with an ‘intriguing, vibrant script’, ‘sharp dialogue’ and ‘compelling narrative’, will have its debut performance on September 23.

Isle of Man Arts Council vice-chairman Michael Lees said: ‘Steve Harper rose brilliantly to the challenge of what was a very difficult subject to write about and has set a high standard for future New Work awards.

‘We see the play-writing competition not only as an opportunity to encourage new writing talent - be that talent in the island, the British Isles or anywhere in the world – but also to attract established writers, and for the journeys theme to shape and inspire this year’s submissions as powerfully as slavery did last year.

‘TheatreFest is all about “the new”: new works, new places and new people. And by “new people” I mean not only those new to performing or working behind the scenes, but also new audiences and new writers. In short, it’s about new creative opportunities for everyone.’

Organised by the Isle of Man Arts Council, TheatreFest is a five-year project to pioneer and promote new work for the theatre, a legacy outcome from Island of Culture 2014.

Posted 06/08/2016


Backwell Playhouse Theatre Company

Backwell Playhouse, Bristol

Contact: If you are interested please contact us
Phone: 07802742557

Backwell Playhouse Fundraiser Christmas Fair

Sun 11th December 2016

Stall at Charity Christmas Fair - £10
We will be selling stalls for you to sell your goods at our Christmas fair on 11/12/2016, 11am-4pm.
At only £10 it's a bargain price to make yourself a profit at Christmas time.
Plus it's all for a good cause as all proceeds go straight to Backwell Playhouse refurbishment fund!
Only a limited number of stalls available

Posted 30/10/20116


January 2017

Bulkington Village Centre

School Road, Bulkington, Warwickshire CV12 9JB

Contact: Jos Kemp
Centre Administrator
02476 494094

I wish I'd said

New for January 2017!
Wednesdays 10.30-11.30am
Starts 8th January for 10 weeks
£50 (must be paid in full prior to the course starting)

Would you like to do something different with the support of an experienced practitioner?
Steve McGaw is a local resident and recently retired headteacher.
With a successful career in education and the creative/performing arts, Steve has delivered numerous courses for teachers, adults and senior citizens using the medium of drama and creative writing to explore our feelings to a wide range of issues and topics.

"I wish I'd said".......
this is a new course starting at BVC and we are really keen to get it working. We’ve all said it at some time in our lives. It could be in relation to a missed opportunity during a job interview, a personal point of view not expressed when it was needed, an important conversation with a loved one which is now too late or words of wisdom shared with a family member or friend.

Why not join a fun activity with others where you can explore and share your feelings through creative writing and drama group work within a caring, safe and supportive atmosphere? Activities are easily accessible for all and would include:

· conversations with new friends
· confidence building games
· drama for fun activities
· drama, devising, poetry writing and monologue scripting
· sharing your contribution with the group and, if you wish, to camera as a video diary for you to take away

Steve has been a writer/director/performer with many community groups, adult drama groups and youth theatres and has led several performing arts tours abroad. This course will explore, often through reminiscence, the rich experiences which we all have which make us the people we are today. It will be fun, creative and easily accessible to all; especially for those who can sometimes lack confidence and belief in themselves.

Posted 12/10/2016


February 2017

Music & Drama Education Expo

Music & Drama Education Expo


Olympia Central, London

The UK's largest CPD conference and exhibition for music & drama teachers.

9-10 February 2017

Music & Drama Education Expo, Europe’s leading free CPD event for music & drama teachers.

Taking place on 9 & 10 February 2017 at London Olympia, this free two-day event will offer unrivalled learning and networking opportunities for music & drama teachers, and we’d love for you to be involved! This year will mark our 5th Anniversary and the event will be our biggest yet with more than 2,500 visitors from 40 countries expected.

We've got over 60 sessions this year - that's 44 hours of CPD! In our most international programme yet you'll be hearing from speakers from Europe, the US and Australia; and we have our usual mix of brands, institutions big and small and award-winning educators. This year we're also focusing our efforts on increased networking opportunities - some of this is announced here but there's more to come. Follow us on social media for announcements.

Have you seen the programme for #MDEE 2017 yet?
Click here for free CPD for drama teachers!!

Posted 20/11/2016


April 2017

The Lir

Dublin, Ireland

Contact: via website

Stage Combat course

April 2017

We have a new course on offer! From April 2017, we will be offering Stage Combat - a 10 week part-time course focussed on unarmed fighting skills for film and theatre.
Our Stage Combat course will also hone in on acting skills and the incorporation of fight choreography into dramatic scenes. Exploring topics such as character objective, fight rhythm and staging, actors will learn to create a fight where they are connected and truthful and as such engaging to an audience.
This course also offers the opportunity to earn certification in unarmed fighting. It culminates with an exam in unarmed fighting, providing industry recognised certification through The Irish Dramatic Combat Academy.
See for details.

Posted 09/11/2016


May 2017

Woodbridge Drama Festival

Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Contact: Tickets:
0333666 3366
Box Office opens 15th March 2017

Drama Festival

Sat 28th May - Sat 3rd June 2017

Calling all Amdram groups. Performing a play next Spring? Why not consider taking it on 'tour' to the Woodbridge Drama Festival.
Expenses paid to cover performance licence and van hire.

Woodbridge Drama Festival

Posted 30/09/2016


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