Summer School

The DAW annual Summer School is an intensive week of theatrical learning, with like-minded people, and led by some of the country’s leading theatrical practitioners. Content is relevant to the amateur theatre community, but challenges existing habits and nurtures new approaches, techniques and practices.

Each year DAW selects a venue which offers the accommodation, workspaces, catering and social evening requirements which go into making a successful Summer School. We work hard in offering these elements at as low a price as possible.

Summer School 2017

17-22 July 2017 "The Art of Performance", Five days of professional training. Where learning is fun, theatre is imaginative and friendships are forged for life.

DAW Summer School 2017

TUTOR Jennifer Scott-Reid

Jennie has been active in local theatre for over twenty five years, as a performer, director, choreographer and stage manager with extensive festival experience and sucess in both full length and one act festivals. As a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators (GoDA), Jennie is an inspirational adjudicator in festivals all over the U.K.

Our assistant tutor is playwright and actress Teresa Hennessy. We are hoping to have a day's workshop tutored by the RSC again this year.


  • We walk before we talk - exploring movement and physicality
  • Heart and Soul - developing emotion, imagination and intuition
  • The art of improvisation - making unknnown journeys enjoyable
  • Who are you - creating three dimensional characters
  • Making connections - working with others
  • Communication of thought and intention - finding the 'truth'
  • Developing approaches to rehearsal - preparation is key
  • Creating a performance - Live, Laugh, Cry - the joy of theatre

Morning warm-ups, fun evening activities, a fun filled packed week with memories to last a lifetime

Photos from this years' Summer School here

Broneirion Country HouseBRONEIRION

Fully residential and for our sole use - a country house party for DAW. Welcoming staff, excellent food catering for everyone and a fully licensed bar, stunning views.




Fee: DAW Member £500 - Non Member £550

Places are limited, to book yours please contact Sue Jones at or download a booking form 2017 Booking form (WORD 427KB)



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 November 2017

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