Summer Academy 2017
Summer Academy Activity Weeks
Who are we?
The Thwaites Empire Theatre is a professional theatre staging a variety of professional and amateur work throughout the year. Pendle Productions are a nationally recognised professional Theatre and Arts Company who have been touring and performing across the UK since 1985. Both organisations have come together to provide the best instruction and experiences for young people in the best environment with first class
The Academy is now in its 5th successful year and is a professionally led performance, actor, technical film-making and musical performer training company for young people. All our activities are designed to be a fun way of learning new skills, making new friends and exploring the arts. All our staff are fully qualified and experienced practitioners who work professionally in the theatre/film/television/radio industries. We have DBS checks
on staff and are fully insured to work with children.
What do we do?
We work together with young people to create professional quality performances and experiences in the arts, while teaching the skills and knowledge necessary to further enjoy their artistic activities. We run Summer and Holiday projects, through which young people work on one project for a whole week presenting a final project to the public in the main house theatre on the final day.
We also run taster sessions each Easter and October where you can sign up to try out and learn new skills whilst working with industry professionals. These taster sessions are a fun way to experience, learn, develop and explore.
The Musical Theatre week with a heavy emphasis on teaching musical theatre skills and performance
from the musical theatre world. This workshop is also for those who would like to work on their technical
production skills, as there will be opportunities to work on set design, lighting and sound. So if you’re a budding
musical performer, dancer, singer or actor this workshop will be right up your street. Come to our West End or
Broadway theatre presentation on the Friday evening. (40 minute minimum show.) Following the success of
“You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”, “Blood Brothers” and “Barnum” in previous years we will be working this
year on the West End Hit “Return to the Forbidden Planet”.
Make a feature film in a week. Film premiere on Friday night (20 Minutes)
Whether behind the camera as a director, writer and camera person or in front of the camera as an actor, dancer
and singer you will have the opportunity of working with one of this country’s leading award winning film makers.
You will work and develop your own unscripted or scripted films while learning vital screen-acting and filmmaking
techniques. At the end of the rehearsal period you will be able to film under the supervision of a
professional director and actor trainers. The high quality film will then be premiered in the Theatre on the Friday
evening. So it doesn’t matter if you want to perform or work in the back room this workshop week will be just for
you. Young actors benefit from the expertise of our professionals in the Film & TV industry, as well as the
specialist skills of experienced actor trainers.
The Pied Piper of Hamlin
Your opportunity to star in a fully produced pantomime (Performance) on the Friday night.
Scripted by Pendle Productions own Artistic Director you will be taught all the skills you require to take part in the
Thwaites Empire Theatre’s third Summer Pantomime. You could be playing The Pied Piper, The Wicked King Rat
Simple Simon, Alderman Poor, Alice Poor or one of the Lost children.With a public performance on the Friday
evening this workshop week will be sure to be the smash hit of the summer.
Costs for the Summer Academy
£110 each week if booked and paid for before 1st June 2017
£120 each week if paid for between June 1st and start date
If all three weeks workshops are booked and paid for before 1st June 2017
Total cost £280
If all three weeks workshops are booked and paid for between 1st June 2017 and the start date
Total cost £300