Course overview

This course is intended to give you a background knowledge of all the processes that go into the production of a piece of live theatre. The course is intended to help improve the knowledge of regular theatre audience members and, hopefully, inspire those of you don’t go to take the plunge. If you go to the theatre regularly and you pick up a programme you may be baffled by the list of all the different roles that you see listed as part of the creation of the show that is being produced. So, if you’ve ever wondered what on earth a dramaturg might be, or what does a stage manager actually manage, this course is ideal for you.

Course description

The course might be of interest to member of amateur theatre groups who are interested in improving their backstage knowledge and skills. The course gives an opportunity to learn the proper terminology when talking about live performances, as well as giving you theatrical slang and insight into what goes on behind the stage door, through the rehearsal process and during the running of a production. You’ll learn about funding and marketing as important areas of modern theatre. There’s also opportunities to discuss issues facing modern theatre companies and buildings – gender and race neutral casting, maintaining old buildings and RAC, and others.

At the end of this course you will feel more confident about visiting your local theatre and maybe even getting involved yourself with a local amateur company – or even taking a script writing course to get your own work on stage!

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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