Young drama fans can learn from best

The National Student Drama Festival
The National Student Drama Festival

The National Student Drama Festival is on the road is month with free performer workshops for 18-to-25-year-olds at Cast in Doncaster.

The sessions take place at Cast on January 23 from 10am to 5pm and give the participants to work with top professionals in their fields.

They are led by Lucy Hind, who is choreographer and movement director for Leeds theatre company Slung Low, and Lucy Ellinson, who is an actor and theatre maker.

Lucy has recently been seen at Sheffield Theatres with two highly-acclaimed shows, Grounded and Presumption.

Her workshop has a practical theme using templates and tools for devising work.

She will show participants how to create performance material with contemporary techniques.

The workshop is suitable for ensembles, actors and directors and those with an interest in writing within a devising process.

Lucy Hind, who has worked extensively on shows at Sheffield Theatres and Cast, will be showing how to devise and choreograph a complete movement work in just one session.

Using various starting points including text, images and music, the group will “create a daring and dangerous physical theatre piece together”.

The two workshops in the day are for 40 people per day, who will be working in two groups of 20.

Everyone takes part in both workshops, which run from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.

The festival takes place in Scarborough from March 19 to 25 and is for anyone aged 16 to 25 years old, whether they are in full-time education or not.

It is an opportunity to perform, learn, discuss, write and try something new, said festival director Michael Brazier.

The festival features shows made by young artists from around the country.

Highlights of the 2015 festival included a Harold Pinter play, two Broadway musicals, two new verbatim plays and a madcap musical adaptation of The Nutcracker in an 11-room Victorian house.

There are daily workshops, show discussions, master classes and late-night events.

The festival magazine Noises Off publishes an issue every day and has rolling news, reviews and comment online 24/7.

Everyone at the festival is encouraged to contribute to the magazine with anything from a column to a cartoon.

Applicants for the workshops can apply through the Hiive creative social network website, Hiive or go to the latest news pages online at the festival website, National Student Drama Festival for further information.