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Devised Theatre: Rules of the Game

Summer School for young people

Introduction

What are the rules and who makes them? What if we don’t agree with them? Whether you are a rule maker or a rule breaker, join us in making an original theatre performance in one week.

  • Become a player in The Games
  • Explore the ways we break and make rules
  • Gain confidence and experience of creating new theatre
  • Learn to devise and rehearse performance material in a collaborative environment
  • Develop creative and technical voice and movement skills
  • Work as part of a team to create a short performance for family and friends

Introduction

What are the rules and who makes them? What if we don’t agree with them? Whether you are a rule maker or a rule breaker, join us in making an original theatre performance in one week.

  • Become a player in The Games
  • Explore the ways we break and make rules
  • Gain confidence and experience of creating new theatre
  • Learn to devise and rehearse performance material in a collaborative environment
  • Develop creative and technical voice and movement skills
  • Work as part of a team to create a short performance for family and friends

Course outline

The week will be set in the world of The Games, where the young people will be immersed with the world and take on the role of players.

As tutors, we will be in role as the Game Masters, as the week goes on the group will be challenged and offered opportunities to overpower the Game Masters and take the game into their own hands. As the plot thickens it will be revealed that The Games has been set up to segregate and rank the players as part of a governmental scheme to establish a new class structure.

We plan to engage the group in a variety of tasks and games exploring risk, rules and play. They will have to work together using a variety of trust exercises and team building classes to move to the next level on The Games. There will be a number of games the group will partake in throughout the week and they will be inspired by and explore competition and progression. The group will find themselves beginning to score points and there will be a Leader Board in which they are ranked.

As the week goes on the players will have opportunities to change the games and challenge the Game Masters. Will they choose to change the rules? How will this new found knowledge raise the stakes? Will the group stick together or go it alone? How will the game end? And who decides when the game is over?

Using conventions such as Teacher in Role, film and performance techniques, we will create original pieces of performances that at the end of the week we will bring together to create a sharing that documents the young people’s time within The Games.

Financial support



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 Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

How to apply for Agnes Allan Bursary

Your bursary application must be submitted before you apply for a Lifelong Learning course. You will be asked to provide supporting documents with your application.

Please complete the online bursary application form.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs





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 Lifelong Learning.

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.

The application criteria is as follows:

  • The applicant must be applying for a drama short course at RCS. These courses can be found on the website and can include weekly classes for young people, drama credit rated short courses, drama specialist intensive weekends, summer schools and new company or blended learning experiences. It does not include any course where the subject specialism is dance, music, production or screen. If you would like to clarify whether the course you are interested in is eligible, please contact Lifelong Learning using our contact details below.
  • The applicant must be aged 25 or under at the time of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.
  • The applicant must be resident in Scotland at the point of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.

How to apply for support from the James McAvoy Drama Scholarships:

  • All applications should be made online. Please click on the link to apply.
  • Your application must be submitted before you apply for a Lifelong Learning course.
  • You will be asked to provide supporting documents with your application. These must be submitted within five working days of your application being received.

If you have any questions about the application process, or require support in accessing our application form in an alternative or accessible format, please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you.

Our Frequently Asked Questions for the scholarships can be downloaded here: James McAvoy Drama Scholarships FAQs

Exclusions:

  • The scholarship is intended to meet the cost of tuition fees only at RCS. The costs of travel, subsistence or accommodation are not eligible.
  • There is no restriction on the number of times you are able to apply providing the course applied for is different each time and funds permitting.

The James McAvoy Drama Scholarship has been established to help young Scots who live in challenged communities or circumstances to participate in the drama learning and teaching at RCS.

However, RCS Juniors and Lifelong Learning also benefits from the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme, which exists to support other young people and adult learners who might find affording tuition fees a barrier to participation.

Applicants to the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme can be at any age or stage in their development, from anywhere in the world and their interests can be in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

We accept applications all year round and you can find out more about the Agnes Allen Bursary here.





Drama at 60 Scholarship

The Drama at 60 Scholarship supports talented performers and producers of theatre, film and television gain essential skills and experience as they work towards formal training.

This scholarship offers up to three promising theatre or screen practitioners up to £1,000 to invest in a range of training activities at the Royal Conservatoire. The focus in 2016/17 will be on digital creativity as part of our New Digital Creatives scheme.

The deadline for applications for Drama at 60 Scholarships for 2017/18 is Tuesday 30 June 2017.

Before applying please read the Drama at 60 Scholarship Guidelines 2016.

To apply please send your CV, a short biography, a one-page application statement and a letter of recommendation to lifelong@rcs.ac.uk



Staying in Glasgow

Many of our students travel from across the world to join us for an open day, study on a short course or attend a summer school at the Royal Conservatoire.

Residential accommodation for summer school students travelling within the UK or from overseas is available at Liberty House. This is the student accommodation that our full-time students use during term time. Please note that this accommodation is only for students aged 16+.

The modern, self-contained flats are located in the city centre of Glasgow, just ten minutes walk from the Royal Conservatoire. They consist of single en-suite units and have a communal kitchen that you can use to store and prepare food during your stay. You can find more information on their website.

For 2017 summer school students, the prices start at £139.50 for 7 nights (excluding bedding pack). Kitchen packs/items are included as standard for Summer School students. Bedding packs are not provided in the bedrooms, but can be purchased from Liberty House for £30 on application.

Places are strictly limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If you have any access requirements, Liberty Living are happy to discuss accommodation arrangements to ensure they suit you.

The Conservatoire is not able to make reservations on your behalf. Please contact Liberty Living with any queries on +44 (0)141 248 9949 or libertyhouse-glasgow@libertyliving.co.uk.

If you are having trouble finding accommodation, please contact us directly and we will aim to help you find somewhere to stay.

If you would prefer to stay in hostel, B&B or hotel, click see our list of short term accommodation in Glasgow for a list of alternative accommodation or you can see the Visit Scotland website.

 

Indicative schedule

Monday AM

  • Rosie & Emma will meet the group in role as the Game Masters
  • A variety of games will be explored to warm up for the world of The Games
  • Learn about each other and where everyone’s interests lie

Monday PM

  • Introduce participants to the formal ceremony of The Games
  • The group will be given teams to complete a series of challenges

Tuesday AM

  • Begin with a physical warm up to strengthen the group dynamic and get ready for day two of The Games
  • Formal ceremony to celebrate the winning team from day one
  • Create a video diary log to reflect on achievements

Tuesday PM

  • A different challenge will be explored to see how obedient the teams are to rules set by different parties e.g. home, school, government
  • Explore improvisation and establish different scenarios for the young people to respond to

Wednesday AM

  • The Games Masters will become more authoritative and the rules will become stricter and reinforced
  • The group will make video diaries but the Games Masters will re-direct the scenes to skew the ‘truth’

Wednesday PM

  • The groups will devise challenges for other teams with the intention of how to find the ‘strongest’ individual
  • The Games Masters actual intentions will be revealed

Thursday AM

  • The group will debate and align themselves with or against The Game Masters to fight for equal rules

Thursday PM

  • Showcase of daily video logs, challenges and results from the week
  • Group makes the final decision either for or against The Games

Friday AM

  • After agreeing on a proposed angle for the presentation this afternoon will be preparing for our sharing

Friday PM

  • Rehearsal and sharing

 

 

 

 

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We also offer a selection of promotion offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.