Drama classes in Luxembourg
Thanks to a growing English language theatre scene in Luxembourg, there are plenty of opportunities for would-be actors or those interested in drama from ages six to 60 (and older).
If you fancy treading the boards or taking some classes, here’s a list of adult and youth theatre groups that run workshops and classes in English, plus a few that do in other languages, and information on open mic comedy stand up in the City.
New World Theatre Club
Luxembourg’s oldest English theatre group, NWTC has staged 150 plays over 50 years from Shakespeare to David Mamet.
It welcomes amateur actors, directors and production crew of all nationalities and is open to new production ideas. NWTC runs ad-hoc weekend workshops, often run by visiting tutors, and a youth theatre group which conducts regular classes for children aged 10-18 years old.
Recent productions have included The Seagull, Treasure Island and Alice in Wonderland. For all their workshops and youth theatre groups participants come from a wide range of nationalities but share a passion for theatre and acting, although all should be able to speak and work in English.
NWTC also run social evenings for people interested in theatre to meet up at Cafe Villon. These evenings sometimes include play readings.
Pirate Productions asbl
An English speaking musical theatre group formed 30 years ago and based in Luxembourg, Pirates is open to people of any age, nationality and level of experience, including total novices. English does not need to be a mother tongue and they are also on the lookout for people to help on the production side with sound, lighting, costumes and set building.
Depending on availability of directors, Pirates puts on one to two shows each year. Last year they performed Young Frankenstein at the Kinneksbond in Mamer. This year they will stage Melusina the Pantomime at the same venue in November.
They also hold frequent social events and run the occasional workshop. Shows often involve young people if you have children interested in acting, and annual family membership is €40 with students paying just €10. You can find a list of events here.
Actually taking place in Clairefontaine across the border in Belgium in the last week of July every year, the Luxembourg European Annual Theatre Summer School (LEATSS) consists of workshops and courses run by experienced actors, playwrights and directors.
A collaborative, week-long residential school it’s designed for actors, directors, theatre singers and writers/devisors and is particularly suited to amateur enthusiasts who want to develop and improve their practical skills, knowledge, understanding and capabilities. Professional tuition is provided in a friendly, fully supportive environment. You can find out more here.
Founded in 1991, and now permanently based in Luxembourg, the Berliner Grund Theatre (BGT) produces large scale shows every one or two years based on classics like Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde or on original scripts. Recent productions have included Picnic at Hanging Rock and Little Women. Casting is held through public auditions, and the group work closely with several schools in Luxembourg. You can find out more here.
TYA music and drama
Nicola Dereham provides both audition coaching and tutoring for children and adults including line-learning techniques, vocal techniques to help with projection, tips on how to look after your voice, and general stage presence and characterisation. This could be for an amateur production, school play or an audition or exam
Schools theatre clubs
A number of schools including the European schools in Kirchberg and Mamer, St George’s School and the International School of Luxembourg run theatre groups as part of their extra-curricular activities.
LAMDA Dramaworks takes place at St George’s on Saturdays during school term times, and it is possible for children to register for these courses even if they don’t attend the school.
Open mic comedy nights
If stand up comedy is more your passion, then check out the open mic nights at Crossfire, Scott’s Pub, Konrad’s, and Tatties. Even if you don’t want to perform, you can go along and watch the acts and ask for advice.
Drama in other languages
If you speak French fluently then you could look at the courses for children and adults available at the L ‘Ecole de Théâtre à Luxembourg. The National Theatre Luxembourg (TNL) also runs courses and workshops for children in French and Luxembourgish. You can find out more here.
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