Gold Duke of Edinburgh

Residential:         The Dramatic Survival Kit

Total Cost:           £375

Dates:                   5-9 August; 29 Oct - 2 Nov

Venue:                  Celtic Camping, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6DG

Accommodation: Ivy Lodge, a 2-dorm bunkhouse with its                                   own garden. There is one dorm for girls                                  and one for boys. Additional bunkhouse                                    accommodation is also available on site.

We are currently running two residentials this Summer, each run from noon Tuesday 29 Oct to 2pm Saturday 2 November; from noon Sun 5 April to 2pm Tues 9 April; and from 2pm Sunday 26 July to 2pm Thursday 30 July. This course offers a chance to work as if you are in a small theatre company. Stretch your acting ability by creating a new play with new fellow actors, then perform it in an amphitheatre on the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast. In the event of Welsh mist (torrential rain), there is additional indoor rehearsal and performance space on site.

This is not a course for the faint-hearted: you will need to be prepared to work hard; however, our instructors have extensive theatre and Duke of Edinburgh experience and know how tough, as well as rewarding, the scheme can be, so you will have plenty of support and encouragement.

Acting is a competitive field, so in addition to evening rehearsal and feedback sessions, we offer optional sessions on:

Targeting different audiences when creating work;

How to market and sell shows; and

Pitfalls to avoid when running small theatre companies or performing solo shows.

Theatre Companies need to be fed, so you will also learn how to cook three healthy and delicious main meals: - plus lunches, puddings and snacks, all on a tight budget. However… theatre companies are normally paid after a performance, so you will be treated to Fish and Chips on the last day (alternative options for vegetarians and vegans available). Parents are welcome to watch the performance, however they will have to book their own accommodation and will need to respect DofE residential rules.

We want you to have fun, further develop your acting skills, and feel confident you can feed yourself when at Drama school, University or when trying to get work. This course is predominantly set up for participants aged 16-18. However you may be able to attend if you are 19-20, please get in touch, we will need to arrange separate accommodation and discuss DBS checks with your DofE coordinator.

So… you can expect, hot chocolate and marshmallows; time to reflect on your successes, both on the course and this year; breath-taking scenery and a lot of laughing. There will also be free time to enjoy walking the coastline or exploring the surrounding countryside, so pack your Stanislavski toolkit and we’ll see you in July!

What to expect on a typical day...

Morning:

Today we head over to the Amphitheatre to rehearse our devised play. We work on voice projection, staging and prop placement. In 48 hours, we will be ready to perform to a live audience! We take a walk along the coast and dip our feet into the ocean. 

Afternoon:

Lunch was delicious. We have some free time to take a country hike before heading back to the Amphitheatre to do a dress rehearsal. We discuss some final changes. Today we must market our performance to holiday makers. After a hard days work, we decide to play a game of handball before heading back to the cottage. 

Evening

Cooking time!  We chat, laugh and learn a new recipe. We prepare our snacks and lunches for tomorrow and lay the table for our group meal. Lots of laughing as we look back at our adventure so far. We play a few games and decide to set up a camp fire - marshmallow time! We sit round the campfire, drinking hot chocolate and playing games. Tomorrow we are being treated to Fish and Chips.