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English Activities for Schools and Colleges

All sessions will be delivered online this term

Students will learn how to write a simple news story and publish it on social media, with a practising journalist and lecturer. All you need is a phone, and preferably a Twitter account. We will explain the basic structure of a news story, how to find a story, and get you writing and publishing one by the end of the session.

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So, how exactly do we read a script? First, we need to note what type of script it is. Radio? Film? Stage? They are all formatted differently from each other but have one thing in common – a story! 

 Reading scripts is vital toward immersing oneself in character and the scripted world. Finding the main plot is easy but what about the sub-plot? Character relationships? Physical traits? Emotional highs and lows? Comedic moments? 

This workshop will guide potential student writers/actors/directors toward digging deep into a text to study its structure, characters, themes, style and so forth. 

 Tools required for the workshop: pen, paper, and a sense of adventure!

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An interactive seminar exploring selected contemporary plays and how they deal with current themes. Example themes could include; climate change, identity, refugee experience, mental health, science, and pandemic.

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Learn about where it’s come from, where it’s going, how it’s made, and what you can do about it. This interactive session from a practising journalist and lecturer includes a lively talk with a group exercise to test your ability to tell truth from lies - and a discussion about how you can help fight the fakes.

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An interactive seminar exploring one of your set plays, or a play of your choice. Explore themes, character, structure and performance possibilities with one of our playwriting experts.

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The study of cinema exhibition offers us a fascinating insight into the unique relationship between the moving image and its audiences. This illustrated talk, suitable for students working in a wide range of subjects - including Film and Media, English, History and Sociology - will investigate the way in which our experience of cinema has developed from the very intimate and personal ‘peephole viewing’ of Edison’s kinetoscope to the truly social, immersive experiences we recognise today. We’ll take in the lavish 1,000+ seater auditorium or ‘dream palace’, the ‘drive-in’ popular with American youths, the bespoke movie theatre and the multiplex. And we’ll consider whether the increasingly popular ‘pop up’ cinema, site-specific screenings and the ‘open cinema’ movement (aimed at extending exhibition to excluded communities) is the future of independent cinema exhibition in the UK. 

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