Summer School 2019 29th July – 3rd August

'Seriously Funny'

A week of acting both straight and comic. This year’s programme with RSC tutors includes sessions on acting, clowning and singing.

Tutor: Ian Wainwright

Ian is Project Producer for the RSC and created, established and led Open Stages. He has produced and directed numerous professional and amateur productions as well as managing and leading myriad workshops, and presenting interviews, masterclasses and post show discussions. His lifelong interest in Theatre Education began with his first appointment as Head of Education at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and continued at Bristol Old Vic until his RSC appointment in 2010. Ian has a degree in Theatre Studies with Qualified Teacher Status from Leeds University.


Liz trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama.  She is currently resident voice coach on the RSC’s Matilda, and has coached many other London productions including Motown - The Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Ground Hog Day.  She has taught at the Central School of Speech and Drama, E15, ALRA, The Brit School and Urdang Academy.  She also works as a dialect coach, and has run workshops for The Old Vic.


Tutor: Mark CurtisMARK CURTIS
Mark obtained a degree in Performing Arts and Creative Process from De Montford University then moved to Ecole Pilippe Gaulier in Paris.  He is a partner in Small Nose Productions and an RSC practitioner.  For Summer School Mark will make the link from clowning to being physically funny on stage. Mark is committed to developing new work and new education that challenges perception and common assumption using clowning to unlock ideas, find new pathways and change mindsets. He delivers his work for young people (...and inside every old person there is a young person bursting to get out), to help them find and discover a route to their own untapped potential, raising aspiration and living their dream!


Summer School attendeesWHAT WILL THE WEEK OFFER?
A chance to work with a team of experienced theatre professionals. Whether approaching plays, musicals or clowning, the team will share some of the techniques, methods, skills and ideas used in preparing a piece of professional theatre for the stage.

Summer School attendeesThis is a week of active theatrical learning, with like-minded people, led by some of the RSC’s leading theatrical practitioners.  Sessions will be practical and hands on as the practitioners take you through some of the exercises, games and techniques used inside the professional theatre.



Broneirion Country HouseBRONEIRION
DAW always look forward to returning to Broneirion for their Summer School where we have this beautiful country house for our sole use.  

All meals are included, there is a licensed bar and a very warm welcome with some amazing homemade shortbread biscuits.

Fee: DAW Member £550 - Non Member £600


Places are limited, to book yours please contact Teresa McCarthy at or download a booking form 2019 Booking form (PDF 125KB)


If you'd like to know more about previous Theatre Summer Schools, please see the Theatre Summer School History page, or the Theatre Summer School photo albums.

If you've attended Theatre Summer Schools in the past and would like to share your memories and/or photos on our pages, please do get in touch. 

Updated June 2019

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