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A weeklong immersion in the theatre

16.07.2014 From our online archive
Ever wanted to try your hand at acting, singing or directing but didn't know where to begin? The LEATSS one-week theatre summer school may be just the thing and it still has places available.

Ever wanted to try your hand at acting, singing or directing but didn't know where to begin? The LEATSS one-week theatre summer school may be just the thing and it still has places available.

The Luxembourg English Annual Theatre Summer School (LEATSS) in Clairefontaine, from July 26 to August 3, offers a host of classes on different performance skills where novices and professionals work alongside one another.

“It's fantastic being able to immerse yourself for a whole week with nothing else but theatre,” summer school coordinator John Brigg told wort.lu/en.

This year marks the 27th time the summer school has been hosted in Luxembourg although the tradition itself goes back 90 years. Founded in England and run by writers including George Bernard Shaw and GK Chesterton, the summer school was designed to bring amateurs and professionals together in a learning environment.

In the 1980s, funding was cut prompting its move to the Grand Duchy. Today, the residential summer school attracts an international crowd, although all participants have one thing in common: they all speak English.

Tutors are well-known theatre professionals who travel from the UK. This year, they include Graeme Du Fresne, Janice Dunn, Peta Lilly and Phillippa Stranberg-Long.

Three different types of projects are offered: the theme course, the skills course and student project. This year, the latter course for student directors will offer a World War 1 component to mark the 100th anniversary of the "Great War".

Other courses include site singing, Clown and Dark Clown and an introduction to the Meisner technique. Students may select their courses on the first day.

“There's a lot there. It's usually intensive, we start at 9am with a warm up and continue until 9.15pm. It's a long day. At the end of the day people complain they ran out of time to finish something,” John said.

The course is open to anyone with an interest in theatre, regardless of experience. Optional student accommodation is available at the venue.

To find out more, please visit www.leatss.lu

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