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Public workshops lift curtain on theatre research

Lifting the CurtainA new series of public workshops and talks that will provide people with an opportunity to learn more about theatre skills and practice, as well as the benefits to health and well-being that theatre can bring, will take place at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre Studio from Monday 29 April – Wednesday 1 May.

Hosted by the University of Kent, this programme – known as Lifting the Curtain – will also include a range of activities designed to give people an insight into the latest theatre practice and research undertaken at the University’s acclaimed School of Arts.

Open to all ages and experience, the sessions will explore theatre as an art form, as a way of unveiling history, and as a tool for developing health and wellbeing. The topics covered will include actor training, the ways in which British theatre survived during the First World War and how drama can help autistic children. The programme will also showcase a ground-breaking University research project on how comic performance can also be used to develop language, social interaction and imagination in autism. Another session will explore the ways stand-up comedy can make talking about difficult subjects possible e.g. coping with diabetes.

Further information, including the full programme, can be viewed here.

Please note: booking is required and refreshments and lunch will be provided for pre-booked attendees. Attendance at all sessions is not compulsory; people can go to various sessions of their choice over the three days. Prior theatrical training or knowledge is not required.

Lifting the Curtain is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the University of Kent.


Story published at 2:58pm 22 March 2013

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Last Updated: 09/05/2013