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Specialist Drama Courses

The Centre organises specific courses designed to raise attainment at GCSE and A Level and also offers INSET training for teachers.

GCSE Drama

GCSE weekend courses will involve working with a range of theatre professionals and utilising their skills to deliver unique programmes which address such areas as physical theatre, visual theatre, puppetry, mask work, script work, theatre and lighting design. The work is centred around a text or piece of writing appropriate to the GCSE syllabus.

All students will have the opportunity to take part in five workshops throughout the weekend, with five different artists. The workshops will be between two and three hours in duration. The students will be split into mixed school groups on the first evening and they will remain in these groups throughout the course.

The GCSE weekends aim to:

Click here to view a leaflet about GCSE Drama Courses.

Course Dates

Course dates for 2017/18 have still to be confirmed.

"An excellent approach - really student centred, with varied skills explored and our students got so much out of it. It fits our course brilliantly – professional methodologies are applied to GCSE students and then they are given the ability to explore and give back. I was very impressed with the practitioners and leaders. We will come again because of this approach."

Jacqui Richardson, Head of Drama, Neston High School

"The quality of teaching by the artists was outstanding. Students were challenged to work and think in new and exciting ways and the work that they produced was exceptional. We are already seeing the impact of the weekend on their GCSE work in terms of increased creativity, thought, focus and professionalism, and would recommend this course to any drama teacher or student wanting to raise levels of achievement on both a visceral and tangible level."

Annika Munro Director of Teaching and Learning: Drama, The Fallibroome Academy

"This course consistently raises the standard of my students without exception. Last year 10 out of 12 achieved full marks on their exam performance and they all said the Conway course made the difference."

Gill Davies, Head of Drama, Congleton High School

A Level Drama

The A Level courses are led by Dr Helen Newall, Reader in Performing Arts at Edge Hill University. The workshops will be given by tutors from the new visual theatre programme at Edge Hill University as well as Russ Tunney, the Associate Director of the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton and Horse and Bamboo, one of the most innovative visual theatre companies in the country.

The A Level weekends aim to:

"Inhibitions get left at the door and each student is given the opportunity to find what makes them blossom. Through years of experience, the centre smoothly pre-empts and caters for every need so that the sole focus for students and staff is the work and the joy of group and social interaction. We come at least twice a year as we know it will significantly raise the grades of our students in every module of the A level and GCSE courses."

Ally Cutler, Poynton High School

Primary Teachers Drama Inset

A weekend course designed to:

Drama Teaching in Primary Schools

Ever fancied getting an expert in to deliver drama to a specific group of children or a few classes in a day?

The tuition would be co-ordinated by the Conway Centre but delivered by specialists in schools. The lead teacher would be Gav Cross but other specialists would be drawn in when needed. The teaching would be designed to meet the specific needs of the school.

Gav Cross has a long association with the Conway Centre, as a teacher, course leader & visiting. Has a background in teaching, as a Secondary Drama Head of Department in Cheshire, Gav is now a freelance director, actor, workshop leader and trainer. During this time he was the Chair of the Cheshire association of Drama in Education. Gav has worked with many theatre companies and educational establishments as a teacher, INSET trainer, workshop leader, story teller, writer, actor and Director. These include: Edge Hill University, University of Chester, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Action Transport, Off the Ground, The Chester Gateway, The Chester Mystery Plays, Theatre in the Quarter, Walk the Plank, Jigsaw Music Theatre, The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool and of course the Conway Centre.

  • Mask Workshop: Frankenstein
  • Ancient Mariner
  • Physical Theatre
  • Movement Workshop
  • Physical Theatre: Russ Tunney
  • Movement Performance
  • Puppet Technique: Mark Whittaker
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