Workshops being launched by the New Theatre Royal

New Theatre Royal is launching workshops for all ages
New Theatre Royal is launching workshops for all ages
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This month sees the launch of New Theatre Royal’s first term of theatre workshops aimed at aspiring performers of all ages.

New Theatre Royal’s Youth Programme will launch on September 19, offering children over the age of five the opportunity to take part in weekly workshops at the new Minghella Studio, learning from top professionals in the industry.

Divided into three groups for different ages, everyone is welcome to join in and members will get the chance to perform in the main house of the theatre in their Christmas review later this year.

Nic Williams, Creative Learning Manager at New Theatre Royal, said: ‘Our youth theatre programme is designed to give children the chance to enhance their skills both on and off-stage while meeting new friends with similar interests.

‘Drama has also been proved to help boost children’s confidence and teach them skills which can help at all stages of life.’

NTR Players is another new group aimed at those over 55 looking to improve their drama skills and take part in professional performances.

The theatre is also inviting people over 55 to join its NTR Dancers group. Open to all levels of ability and experience, the group will explore various genres of dance and choreography and give participants the opportunity to showcase their new-found skills in three performances throughout the year.

Groups will be led by Bernie C Byrnes, Co-Creative Learning Manager at New Theatre Royal and multi-award winning playwright, director, dramaturge, and fully-qualified drama teacher.

The theatre’s creative learning team will be hosting a number of free taster sessions at Portsmouth Guildhall next week to give people a flavour of what they can expect from the new community groups. All groups run for 10-week terms.

n Free Taster workshop dates: NTR THEATRE CLUB 5-9 year olds 
– Saturday, September 12 10.30am-11.30am

NTR DANCERS Over 55s – Tuesday, September 15 12.30pm-2pm

NTR PLAYERS Over 55s – Tuesday, September 15 2.30pm-4pm

NTR THEATRE SQUAD 10-14 year olds – Tuesday, September 15 4.30pm-6pm

NTR YOUTH THEATRE 16+ – Tuesday, September 15 6.30pm-8pm

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