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Deaf Theatre Taster 2024 (16+)

Summer School for Adults


A free 3-day course giving prospective BA Performance in BSL and English students an insight into training to become a performer and what performing at the Edinburgh Fringe is like.


This predominantly Deaf-led course will give you a taste of what it is like to study on the BA Performance in BSL and English course at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. You will also sample the excitement of the Deaf Festival in Edinburgh. You will meet and work with Deaf creatives as well as your own peers.

If you are aged 16+, identify as Deaf or Hard of Hearing and want to find out more about a career in performing, this is the course for you. During this course you will experience:

  • Practical classes in Theatre Making.
  • Practical classes in Acting.
  • See a number of performances at the famous Edinburgh Deaf Festival.
  • Q & A with a Deaf director and/or Deaf writer.
  • Meet staff, students and graduates from the BA Performance course.


By the end of the 3 days you will have:

  • Have a feeling what it is like to study on the BA Performance course at RCS.
  • Seen Deaf-led performance and talked to Deaf creatives about their work.
  • Explored theatre-making and acting.
  • Had a chance to ask questions and learn about the degree programme.
  • Visited Glasgow and Edinburgh.
  • Experienced the Edinburgh Fringe.

If you have any questions in advance of booking, please contact us at


The important details



10 - 12 August 2024

Saturday - Monday

Vary - check Term Dates tab

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

Course Information

  • Click the Book Now button
  • Fill in the form
  • Keep an eye on your email 2 weeks before the course starts for welcome information ahead of your first day.

If you have any questions you can email and we will be happy to help.

Day 1 – 10am – 5pm

Meet course leaders and fellow students. Games and exercises.

Exploring theatre-making from a Deaf perspective.

Evening Activities.

Day 2 –  10am – 10pm

Visit Edinburgh. Explore the city.

See performances at Edinburgh Deaf Festival.

Meet Deaf creatives.

Day 3 –  10am – 5pm

Classes in Acting.

Meet with staff and graduates of the BA Performance course.

This course is for students aged 16+ who identify as Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

Students should be open, honest, generous, respectful, hard-working and willing to work as part of a team.

  • Plan and prepare to attend all classes
  • Dress comfortably in clothes which are suitable for the activity you are taking part in.
  • Bring a notepad and pen/pencil in case you wish to make notes.
  • Please bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated during your class.

Day 1

10am – 5pm, Saturday, 10 August 2024

Day 2

10am – 10pm, Sunday, 11 August 2024

Day 3

10am – 5pm, Monday, 12 August 2024

Jennifer Bates, Creative Director Solar Bear Theatre Company – Introduction to Devising Workshop

Benedetta Zanetti, BA Performance in BSL and English graduate – Deaf director – Q & A and Acting workshop

Mark Stevenson, BA Performance in BSL and English course leader

Ross McGeough, Current BA Performance Student  – Workshop Assistant

Summer Accommodation

We are pleased to welcome students from across the world to our Summer Schools. Our course fees do not include accommodation or food, and these should be organised by the student. Our campus is located in Glasgow city centre, and you can find the addresses below.

We recommend Base Glasgow, as purpose-built accommodation for Conservatoire students, with Rehearsal Rooms, Practice spaces and Dance Studios. Base Glasgow is perfectly suited for our summer school students; both safe and secure, with 24/7 staff presence and only 3 mins walk from our main Renfrew Street building, keeping travel costs to a minimum.

Classic En-Suite rooms come with a 3/4 bed, en-suite bathroom, ample storage, mirror, study desk and chair. The shared area includes a spacious lounge and kitchen area.

Please note that Short Courses staff are not affiliated with BASE or on site outwith the summer school teaching hours, and therefore cannot take responsibility for students outside of these hours.

For more information about booking accommodation at BASE Glasgow you can contact them directly via website BASE – Student Accommodation in Glasgow or email

Alternatively, there are plenty of hotels, hostels, and b’n’b options available. We are located close to transport links should you wish to stay outside the city centre. If you are travelling to Glasgow for a course, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance that covers course fees, travel, accommodation, and cancellations due to COVID-19 – as RCS will not refund in this circumstance. You can view the Cancellations and Refund policy for full information.

For students under 18 years old, we strongly advise travelling with a responsible adult should any emergency situations arise during class. Students are only monitored by staff during class times.

Renfrew Street Campus: 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB
Wallace Studios Campus: 210 Garscube Road, Glasgow, G4 9RR

Further Information

We want to ensure as many children, young people and adult learners as possible can access the performing and production arts education that is offered through Short Courses at RCS. Financial support options available for Short Courses include:

Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Short Courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

BAFTA-winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Short Courses.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

You can find more information about these funds on our Financial Support page.

We run various promotional offers for our Short Courses and Summer Schools. You can view our current offers on our Promotional Offers page.

You should contact us at to request your discount code before booking a course.

Please note, only one promotional offer can be applied per course and should be used at the time of booking as we are unable to apply a discounts retrospectively.

Please see our Short Course FAQs for more information about all aspects of choosing, booking and attending your course.

Please see our Short Courses – Terms and Conditions for more information about your contract with Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and Cancellation and Refund policies.

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