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Theatre Making: Telling Your Own Story (16+)

Summer School for Adults


Theatre makers are told again and again to ‘write what you know’. But what does this actually mean? How can you transform your own experience into a theatrical narrative? What makes your story unique?

Over five days, this in-person summer school will focus on how to safely and imaginatively translate personal experience and autobiography into exciting, compelling pieces of theatre.

During the week, students will be led through devising and writing exercises to create work from their own stories. Participants can expect to come away with an understanding of autobiographical theatre, confidence in the power of their unique story, and the tools to work safely and respectfully with others on autobiographical pieces.

This summer school is designed for anyone looking to develop skills in creating work based on personal experience. It may be particularly useful for those looking to pursue a career as a theatre-maker or writer, using autobiography as a source of inspiration.

By the end of the course, students should:

  • Have a toolkit of ways to use personal stories to create theatre.
  • Learned how to protect themselves and others when using their own experience.
  • Feel empowered to safely incorporate personal stories into their work as theatre makers, with sensitivity and an understanding of the challenges this brings.
  • Have the foundations of a new piece of work and a new network of collaborators.

This course is aimed at those with some experience in theatre, but little to none creating their own work. Students might already have an idea they are burning to develop, or may want to investigate how to discover those stories in the first place. Either way, this course will provide a safe, supportive environment to explore theatre-making using personal experiences.

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The important details



12 - 16 August 2024

Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 4:30pm

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

Course Information

This is an open access course but you should have desire to work with autobiographical material and some performance experience.

  • 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
  • Please bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated during your class.

This course runs Monday 12 – Friday 16 August, 9:30am – 4:30pm.

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.

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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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