SDTN Director’s Update

Now that the Autumn Term is under way we have moved into the second phase of our work, offering specialist workshops and events to support and enhance the work of tutors and students in our member institutions.  Click here for details of an upcoming event for teachers of Drama in schools, colleges and higher education institutions.


Success in the Highlands

In early September, SDTN supported an innovative new project entitled Pathways to Work  – Highland Graduate Training Programme.  Based in Inverness, it ran from 7 – 21 September and I am delighted to report that it was a fantastic success, as the young graduates who participated will testify.

In a unique collaboration between Eden Court Theatre, Open Book Theatre Company and SDTN, six Drama graduates had the opportunity to participate in an intensive three week programme covering almost every area of practical training for a career in all aspects of Theatre work.  From budgeting for a tour to creating your own theatre company, the project also offered the students the opportunity to observe the rehearsal process of the new hit show Para Handy, as writer/director John Bett put the talented cast of actors and musicians through their paces. 

SDTN was extremely pleased to have played a part in this excellent project and we look forward to following the careers of the graduates with great interest.  A full report of this exciting project is available by clicking on this link.



Scottish Drama Training Network Special Event

Teachers of Drama in schools, colleges and higher education institutions are invited to attend this event.

Date Thursday 3 November
Time 6pm – 8.30pm
Location Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3DB

We are organising this special event to welcome those who teach Drama in schools and we are extending our invitation to college and higher education tutors.  Delegates at our Inaugural Conference in May made it clear that they wanted to improve communication opportunities with those who work in schools.

This first event will provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about SDTN and also to participate in a special panel discussion on Equality, Disability and Inclusivity.  We will be joined by a number of expert industry practitioners from Drama and Theatre companies and organisations and the event will be structured to target specific and relevant work involving these areas.

It is sure to be a stimulating event and we will also offer an opportunity for Drama tutors and practitioners to meet and network at the end of the session with some refreshments.

RSVP by email to SDTN Director, Alison Forsyth:

NB We understand that it may prove difficult for those who are working outwith the central belt to attend this early evening event and therefore we  hope to arrange another event in the future to accommodate those working in other areas.


Workshops for Member Institutions

I am delighted to say that our offer of workshops has resulted in a lot of interest, with Edinburgh’s Telford College and the City of Glasgow College being first to request our specialist workshops on Audition Techniques

Coming up in the near future, we will be offering Radio Drama Production – working with student actors and technicians in your own institution’s studio – with a BBC Radio Drama Producer.

Acting to Camera Master Class
As part of our Autumn programme and during the coming year, the Chair of the Scottish Drama Training Network and Vice Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Professor Maggie Kinloch, will deliver some specialist master classes.

The first of these will be delivered this term to the staff and students on the new BA (Hons) Acting for Stage and Screen programme which is being delivered jointly by two universities, namely: Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

SDTN has already successfully piloted two of these workshops, involving students attending the Royal Conservatoire and also from our SDTN Management Team partners Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic language and culture college based on the Isle of Skye.  The students had a wonderful experience and those who are usually behind the cameras were also given opportunities to see how it feels to be on the other side!

As with all of our proposed events, master classes and workshops, please contact SDTN Director Alison Forsyth to discuss your requirements and ideas.

Production Design for Theatre, Film and Television
We are now also offering a unique workshop on Production Design for Theatre, Film and Television to be delivered by Mark Leese, who has a fantastic track record in stage and screen work. 

Remember we are able to organise and tailor specialist workshops to suit your needs and we bring them to you free of charge!  Interested? Don’t hesitate to contact SDTN Director Alison Forsyth directly to secure a date for your college or university.

Alison Forsyth, Director, Scottish Drama Training Network
October 2011

tel: +44 (0)141 270 8395

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