The theatre company will offer a variety of theatrical courses online by Emma Rice and her team of collaborators.

Emma Rice’s company has today announced details of its new online initiative The School for Wise Children’s Summer Spread that will offer a range of courses relating to theatre, running from the 15th June until the 17th July.

With guest tutors including: Simon Baker, Nandi Bhebhe, Lez Brotherston, Tanika Gupta, Joel Horwood, Laura Keefe, Poppy Keeling, Nadine Lee, Vicki Mortimer, Etta Murfitt, Pravanya Pillay, Charlie Simpson and Ian Ross, each course will have three paid places and three free places per course.

Each course will focus on a different element of theatre-making and, using a mix of group and individual sessions, will see students work closely with course leaders to develop their own ideas and practice. Each course will have at least nine hours of contact time plus time for students to develop their own independent projects. Suitable for beginners and intermediate levels.

The timetable for the courses are as follows:

Adapting and Directing for Emerging Directors

15 – 26 June

Gain a unique insight into Emma Rice’s directing and writing process. Co-led by Wise Children’s Associate Director Laura Keefe.

Writing for Theatre

18 – 29 June

Join celebrated writers Tanika Gupta and Joel Horwood to explore methods for creating words for the stage.

Introduction to Designing for Theatre

22 June – 3 July

Join acclaimed designers Lez Brotherston and Vicki Mortimer to unpick the creative process of designing for the stage. 

Composing with Found Lyrics

25 June – 6 July

Join Wise Children’s Director of Music, Ian Ross, and Musical Director Nadine Lee, to explore lyrics, music and storytelling for theatre.

Sound Effects for Storytelling

29 June – 10 July

Delve into the fascinating process of creating sound effects for theatre with Olivier Award-winning Sound Designer Simon Baker and his long-time associate and operator Charlie Simpson.

Starting a Theatre Company

2 – 13 July

Discover how to get a company up and running with Wise Children’s Executive Producer Poppy Keeling, and Stomping Ground’s Pravanya Pillay.

Introduction to Movement Direction

6 – 17 July

Join Wise Children’s Movement Director Etta Murfitt and performer Nandi Bhebhe to explore movement making for the theatre.

A place per digital course costs £135 and includes membership of the Wise Children Club, with 50% of places per course available free to UK residents receiving means-tested benefits or otherwise in need of financial support.

Talking about the news, Wise Children’s Artistic Director Emma Rice said: “After a period of mourning for our old working habits, we realised that we could just as easily create new ones! We have pooled our technical and artistic knowhow and curated a fantastic offering of bespoke courses. Not in spite of Lockdown, but because of it, we are excited and ready to take the School to a new level and explore a new platform. Like all wise children, we remain resolutely silly but also determined to be seriously smart and to keep finding new ways to share our knowledge, skill and passion. Come out and play!”

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