Whatever your interest in amateur  theatre, our exciting, day-long event   has  something for you.

All attendees at  Amateur Theatre Fest will have  the chance  to  take part in  practical, interactive workshops,  plus enjoy  talks  by  some of the  country's top playwrights.  Find out more  about what's on offer  below. 

 

All sessions are  at Amateur Theatre Fest  are led by  expert practitioners – click  each name to learn more about them.

Sign-in (10:00 - 10:30)

 Come to   our welcome desk in The Questors Theatre foyer, receive your delegate pack and enjoy complimentary refreshments before the day’s activities begin.

 

Welcome speech (10:30  -  11:00)

 Start the day with a keynote address   by popular actor, director and writer Simon Callow (Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and  a Funeral).

 

Session   1 (11:15 - 12:00)

Option A: Improve at Improvisation

Explore the basics of improvisation in this fun and empowering workshop  led by Katy Schutte,  one of the UK's top improv  performers and teachers.

Option B: The Essentials of Directing

Take part in a  masterclass in  theatre directing,  led by  Stephen Unwin  –  a   highly  experienced director, former Artistic Director of the Rose Theatre, Kingston,   and co-founder of English Touring Theatre.

Option C: Acting Through Song

Learn how to take the techniques of modern actor training and apply them to the fundamental component of musical theatre: singing.  Led by actor, director, musical director and  composer   Paul Harvard.

Option D: Performing Shakespeare

Enjoy a masterclass in Shakespearean performance, delivered by Oliver Ford Davies     one of the UK’s top   actors, well-known for  his many roles on stage and screen,     and an  Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Option E: Scenes from 'Cock' and 'Love, Love, Love' by Mike Bartlett

Enjoy extracts from two fantastic plays by Mike Bartlett, presented by two of London's leading amateur companies.

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  • Cock is presented by Putney Theatre Company. When John takes a break from his boyfriend, he accidentally meets the girl of his dreams. Filled with guilt and indecision, he decides there is only one way to straighten this out.

  • Love, Love, Love is presented by Tower Theatre Company. It's 1967. Kenneth and Sandra know the world is changing and they want some of it. Smoking, drinking, affectionate and paranoid, they journey forty years from initial burst to full bloom.

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In Conversation with...    Mike Bartlett (12:15 - 13:00)

 Mike Bartlett,  the award-winning writer of plays including Earthquakes in London, Bull and King Charles III , plus TV hit Doctor Foster,  discusses his incredibly successful and varied career, followed by an audience Q&A.

 

Lunch (13:00 - 14:00)

 Lunch is included in the price of your ticket.  Take the time to speak to and network with fellow amateur theatre-makers, and browse the pop-up Amateur Theatre Fest bookshop.

Meet the Performing Rights Manager (13:30 - 13:50)

Take the opportunity to put questions to Tamara von Werthern, Performing Rights Manager at Nick Hern Books.

 

In Conversation with...   Amanda Whittington (14:00 - 14:45)

 Amanda  Whittington,  the massively popular writer of plays including Ladies’ Day, Be My Baby and The Thrill of Love talks about her career and widely performed works, followed by an audience Q&A.

 

Session   2  (15:00 - 15:45)

Option A: Let's Play Some Drama Games

Discover and try out some fantastic drama games, guaranteed to inspire and energise you to make the very most of rehearsals and performance.  Led by actor, drama tutor and director   Thomasina Unsworth.

Option B: Introduction to Stage Combat

Get to grips with the essentials of performing unarmed stage fights in this fun and accessible class, suitable for beginners.  Led by  Roger Bartlett, Master Teacher at  the  British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat.

Option C: Designing for the Stage

Give your next production a real ‘wow factor’ with this workshop on  effective and impactful stage design,  led by award-winning theatre designer  Michael Pavelka .

Option D: Finding Your Voice

Take part in this practical masterclass to develop your voice so it can play your thoughts and feelings truthfully whilst maintaining vocal ease. Led by Barbara Houseman, a voice and text coach for forty years, and currently Associate Director of Voice & Text at the Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park.

Option E: Scenes from 'Ladies' Day', 'Ladies Down Under' and 'The Thrill of Love' by Amanda Whittington

Enjoy extracts from three incredibly popular plays by Amanda Whittington, which have been performed by amateur companies the length and breadth of the UK.

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  • Ladies' Day and Ladies Down Under are presented by Sudbury Dramatic Society. Two exuberant comedies about four likely lasses from the Hull fish docks on a day trip to the races, and a trip of a lifetime to the land of Oz.

  • The Thrill of Love is presented by Crescent Theatre. Ruth works in the kind of nightclubs where there’s more than just a drink on offer. The girls work hard, play hard and dream of a movie-star life. Then she meets wealthy, womanising David. Fame comes - but not in the way she imagines.

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Tea Break  (15:45 - 16:15)

Refreshment s  are   included in the price of your ticket. Take the time to speak to and network with fellow amateur theatre-makers, and browse the pop-up Amateur Theatre Fest bookshop.

 

Session  3  (16:15 - 17:00)

Option A: Let's Play Some Drama Games

Discover and try out some fantastic drama games, guaranteed to inspire and energise you to make the very most of rehearsals and performance.  Led by actor, drama tutor and director   Thomasina Unsworth.

Option B: Introduction to Stage Combat

Get to grips with the essentials of performing unarmed stage fights in this fun and accessible class, suitable for beginners.  Led by  Roger Bartlett, Master Teacher at  the  British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat.

Option C: Producing and Marketing Your Show

Learn how to make your next production a hit with this talk on how to produce and market it to its maximum effect.  Led by Olivier Award-winning theatre producer and general manager  James Seabright.

Option D: Audition Surgery

Discover top tips to impress   the audition panel and bag that top  role in this hands-on  session.  Led by actor, writer, director and  drama  teacher   Andy Johnson.

Option E: Scenes from 'Jerusalem' and 'Mojo' by Jez Butterworth

Enjoy extracts from two award-winning plays by Jez Butterworth, author of recent West End hit The Ferryman.

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  • Jerusalem is presented by The Norwich Players. Johnny 'Rooster' Byron is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, a vengeful father wants to give him a serious kicking, and a motley crew of mates wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

  • Mojo is presented by Questors Theatre. In the seedy gangster underworld of the rock'n'roll scene, club owners fight for control of Johnny Silver, the latest young sensation.

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In Conversation with...    Jez Butterworth (17:15 - 18:00)

Jez Butterworth, the acclaimed writer of modern stage classics such as Mojo, Jerusalem and The Ferryman , plus onscreen hits  including   James Bond film Spectre, Black Mass  (starring Johnny Depp)  and Edge of Tomorrow (starring Tom Cruise),    rounds off the day with a discussion of his career and plays, followed by an audience Q&A.

 

Evening Drinks (from 18:00)

Once the sessions have ended, join us in Questors'  Grapevine Bar for a chance to relax with a well-deserved drink!

PLEASE NOTE: Speakers and workshop leaders are  subject to change. This page will be updated with current information. (Last amended: 18   July 2018)

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