Rose Youth Theatre, the largest group of its kind in the area, hosts courses for young people aged 4-21. Our auditioned group, the Rose Young Company, stages many performances each year at the Rose and other local venues with previous productions including Hamlet, A Doll’s House, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Tess of the d’Urbervilles, The Crucible and many new writing projects.
As part of our annual programme we also run screen-acting projects, making short films on location with first rate film-makers. Each year we celebrate the work of our 600 regular students, including many adults, with our Rose Annual Awards - hosted in previous years by actor and director Richard Wilson, and celebrated children's author Jacqueline Wilson.
Drama Studio, for ages 11 and under, is a great introduction to drama and performance. Our younger students develop strong literacy skills without it ever feeling like hard work, as well as making wonderful friendships. For those young people with too much going on to commit to term-time performances, we offer excellent skills-based classes on weeknights with our Rose Acting Workshops (ages 11-18). We also run holiday courses and places on our very popular summer schools are now on sale for 2014.
We work with most of the secondary schools in the borough and many in the wider area, offering bespoke workshops, education packs and tours around the theatre. It's always great to hear from teachers, whether it's about an individual student who can benefit from further drama training, or developing longterm partnerships with your school.
Our Take Part courses aim to develop life skills, self-confidence and a sense community. For young people hoping to become professional performers, the Rose runs an Academy course (ages 16-25), drawing on top teaching talent from London drama schools as well as West End and Broadway theatres.
Take Part also offers regular courses for adults, including our Monday night Rose Players and taster sessions ranging from stage make-up, to screen acting and combat. Students of all ages are encouraged to take part in the broader life of the Rose, receiving free or discounted tickets, invitations to press nights and our ‘Time to Talk’ events with eminent figures from the world of theatre. The Swallow Bakery at the Rose is alive with music, song, special events and readings, making it a great cultural hub for Kingston.
We are continually announcing new events online and we want to hear your ideas, too. Why not take part? Please email me at CiaranM@rosetheatrekingston.org.
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