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About Engage

How Engage was born...

The Engage programme was established in January 2011, following an 18-month project to stage a community production of Ben Hur in Theatre Royal Bath's Main House, involving 180 local people as performers, singers, admin support, prop and costume makers and backstage staff. We are funded entirely by a legacy from the Estate of Margot Boyd, an actress who was born in Bath and was best known for her work in The Archers before her death at the age of 94 in 2008. Margot performed with the RSC in the early 1950s and appeared on the Theatre Royal Bath main house stage in 1955 in a production of The Manor of Northstead with A.E Matthews. In her will, she left a bequest which she hoped would inspire local people to fall in love with theatre the way she had when, as a child, she was taken by her parents to see the Bath Pageant.

It is thanks to Margot's wishes that Engage now operates a year round programme of courses, lectures, productions, post-show discussions, summer schools, theatre visits, backstage tours and events aimed at giving local people the opportunity to become involved in all aspects of theatre and theatre-making. 

The Engage ethos is to provide professional support and industry level training which will instil a love of theatre and a culture of respect and discipline for all elements of the theatre-making process and the theatregoing experience.

If you would like to get involved or find out more about what we have to offer, contact Engage on 01225 823475 or engage@theatreroyal.org.uk 

Or find us on Twitter or Facebook - often the first places to hear about new projects, audition call-outs and placement opportunities.

Previous productions

Ben Hur – Main House, Theatre Royal Bath, 2010
Life Savings – Ustinov Studio and the egg, 2011
24 Hour Plays – Ustinov Studio, 2011
MacHamlear – the egg, 2012 Venus and Adonis – Milsom Place, 2012
The Shape of Things – Ustinov Studio, 2012
One Act Play Festival – the egg, 2012
Glengarry Glen Ross – Ustinov Studio, 2013
The House of Bernarda Alba – the egg, 2013
Burned on the Water – The Roman Baths, 2014
Ressurection – Burdall's Yard, 2014
Lockdown – the egg, 2014
Clara and Rosa, Chloe and Lou - on tour, 2015
Female Transport - Ustinov Studio, 2015
Thy Name is Woman (film) - the egg, 2016
The Dogs of War - Burdall's Yard, 2016
BLACKOUT - the egg, 2016
Hug - the egg and on tour, 2016

Summer schools

Intensive and week-long.

Previous summer schools:
Improvisation and Devising, Playwriting, Singing, Forming a Theatre Company, Producing a Play

New writing

Our new writing scheme for aspiring playwrights aims to provide a platform for new and unperformed work to be seen by an audience of critical friends.

Past writing projects/new productions:
Winter Days, In the Studio, Duty or Denial, NOVA Showcase, Snapmare, Surplus Women, When You See

Theatre skills courses

Overseen by working theatre professionals and run over several sessions, skills courses aim to give you new knowledge, techniques and confidence in the chosen subject

Previous theatre skills courses:
Acting (beginners, intermediate, advanced), Playwriting, Set Design, Directing, Stage Management, Playing Shakespeare, Puppetry, Technical Production, Sung Music for Theatre

Masterclasses

Introductory one-day courses

Previous masterclasses:
Commedia dell’Arte, Stage Combat, Playing Noel Coward, Verbatim Theatre, Clowning, Stand up  comedy, Adapting Novels for the stage, How to write a theatre review, Producing Plays, Audition Skills, The Art of Radio Interviewing, Tricks of the Trade – Prop making, Improvisation

Lectures

One-hour talks that support the Main House or Ustinov programmes

Previous lectures:
Theatre in Shakespeare’s Day, Theatre during McCarthyism, The Life and works of Dylan Thomas, American Theatre post 1950

Other projects

...have included: an Emerging Artists Showcase, Site-Specific Theatre Introduction, Spanish Golden Age promotional film-making, Street Theatre in Stratford and Bath, an Old Americans project and a Shakespearian Quiz Night

We also host post- and pre-show talks for the professional shows in our three auditoria, run a Host scheme with a body of volunteers who assist the Front of House team, and run public backstage tours of the Theatre Royal.

For further information, contact engage@theatreroyal.org.uk or call 01225 823475

To book Engage events, please contact our box office on 01225 448 844


 

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