Friday, 29 May 2015
The conference will start on Friday afternoon (registration 3pm-4pm) followed by an academic forum focused on the future of GCSE and A Level Drama and Theatre Studies with invited guests from exam boards and universities. On Friday night there will be a hog roast on the lawns outside the theatre followed by an evening production in the E.M. Forster Theatre and post-show discussions in the theatre bar afterwards.
The workshops on Saturday will include an all-day masterclass - other confirmed workshops will be run by Gecko Theatre, Tristan Parkes from The Donmar Warehouse, Les Enfants Terrible and Stephen Jameson, the principle director of Mountview. There will also be some sessions specifically aimed at Prep schools. Saturday will culminate with the traditional Black Tie Dinner in the recently refurbished Old Big School gallery, followed by an after-dinner party in the theatre featuring a silent disco and the pianist from the infamous Player’s Bar in Charing Cross.
On Sunday morning there will be the opportunity to visit Tonbridge Castle, one of the oldest surviving examples of a Motte-and-Bailey in the country, and the conference will close at lunchtime with a very special keynote speaker.
Remember this is a very popular conference and places are limited, so do book early.