The Alchemist Lab is a free two week intensive performance course for students aged 16-18. It is designed to build upon students existing knowledge of practitioners and performance techniques, whilst deepening their understanding of how to apply those skills to a devising process.
The course has been created in response to the needs of students currently taking performing arts subjects who have missed a substantial amount of practical learning, due to the restrictions put in place by the pandemic.
We are offering short intensive training workshops for colleges and 6th forms from May - August 2021.
Our workshops are tailored to meet the needs of each performing arts course. We consult with the course leader on the content they want covered and when it is best to take place. This ensures the course is as useful to the students as possible.
Below is an outline of a two week summer school workshop to give you an idea of our approach to training. We can also fit our work into a weekly course schedule.
If this is something your students would benefit from please get in touch via our website contact page or via the email address you were contacted on.
Students will take part in three 45 minute skills classes, these are in Acting technique, movement and singing. These classes will cover the key practitioners and methodologies from the performing arts curriculum. These will include Brect, Artaud, Stanivslaski and Laban. These classes will equip students with an appropriate toolkit of skills that they can apply to both devising and script work. This will lay the groundwork for continued development and give them a practical understanding of vocational training in higher education.
Students spend time working collaboratively on a devised theatre piece based on a previous Alchemist show ‘Endurance’ first created on the ‘Acting for Contemporary and devised performance BA Hons’ course at the University of Northampton. This will provide a framework that will ensure a performance ready project within the allowed time frame, with enough flexibility for students to apply the tools they have gained in their skills classes to the process of devising, leading to their own unique version of the piece.
Whilst the morning will be spent individually with each specialist tutor, in the afternoons students will experience all three tutors coming together to work on devising the show as a company. This will give students the ability to integrate their skills and learn how to devise as an ensemble. These afternoons will give the students an embodied understanding of professional practice in contemporary theatre.
Health and Safety
We have a COVID-19 plan in place and comply with all Government restrictions. We work with each organisation to make sure we fall within their own health and safety plans. We have a safeguarding policy in place and all our staff are DBS checked. Our workshops are fully insured and we always have a first aider present. All courses should take place at the college or 6th form or an appropriate alternative venue.
Acting technique is led by Luke Clarke.
Movement technique is led by Jessica Tucker Boyd.
Music technique is led by Anthony Kosky.
We offer a well rounded training program that covers every aspect of the training, rehearsal and performance process. We are passionate about practical performance training and build on the foundations of each individual performer.
As industry professionals we have worked in some of The UK’s top arts venues.
The Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, Barbican, Sadler's Wells, Trafalga Studios, Soho Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Park Theatre, HOME Manchester, The Lowry, Nottingham Playhouse, Oxford Playhouse and Birmingham REP. We currently teach on degree courses at Northampton University and East 15 Acting School.