SDTN Graduate Training Dundee

On Friday 10 June 2016 the Scottish Drama Training Network visited Dundee Rep Theatre as part of the 2016 SDTN Graduate Training Programme. Students past and present from Dundee and Angus College attended a day of workshops followed by a performance of Much Ado About Nothing

SDTN Technical Theatre Skills Officer Abigail McMillan delivered the first workshop of the day ‘What Your Stage Manager Expects From You’. The workshop informs performers about the technical operations that happen during a performance and help them to understand how to work alongside their future colleagues. Many of the participants discovered that they actually knew a lot more about technical theatre than they had thought!

After lunch Linda Fraser, from Hit The Ground Running, delivered her workshop ‘Production for Performers’. The workshop gives invaluable insight into the film and television industries and helps performers to understand what to expect when working on set. Linda has worked extensively in film and television and also guest lectures at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the BA Film-making degree programme.

Finally students met Irene MacDougall Director of Dundee Rep’s latest production Much Ado About Nothing. Irene discussed her career pathway and her recent dual career as an actor and a director, students then stayed to watch the evening’s performance. Which was a hugely entertaining version performed by the Rep’s Ensemble cast.

Next stop for the Graduate Training Programme is Aberdeen on 22 and 23 of June. Joining Abby and Linda will be Mark Fisher and Clara Bloomfield from Youth Theatre Arts Scotland. 

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