/ TheatreNI News

Youth Theatre Director Training with Philip Crawford

We are delighted to be hosting a weekend’s training for Youth Theatre Directors, with Philip Crawford, delivered in association with the Lyric Theatre. Philip is currently Head of Creative Learning at the Lyric Theatre.

Event: Youth Theatre Director Training with Philip Crawford
Date: 28th-29th of July
10:00-17:00 (Lunch break 13:00-14:00)
Lyric Theatre, Belfast (Ridgeway Room)
Cost: £30 (TheatreNI Members) £50 (non TheatreNI members)

Please bring your own lunch/refreshments.

Saturday will focus on pre-rehearsal preparation – text analysis, research and practical considerations, including casting and time management.

Sunday’s emphasis will be on rehearsals and performance – working with actors, from page to stage as well as technical considerations.

The course will include a variety of practical exercises and discussions on:

  • The role of the director within a production
  • Pre-rehearsal preparation and research
  • Structuring a rehearsal and production schedule
  • Communicating with actors
  • Moving actors on the stage
  • Characterisation
  • Interpreting text in a practical context
  • Working  with the Creative Team
  • Technical rehearsals
  • Using sound and music within a production

Philip Crawford
Philip trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music of Drama in Cardiff. He worked as an actor for some time before training to be a teacher. 10 years ago, he founded Happenstance Theatre Company for whom he directed Not About Heroes by Stephen MacDonald and  Dan Gordon’s play, The Boat Factory, which toured for over 3 years across Northern Ireland and as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s. The production played off-Broadway for 3 weeks in New York and then in London for 4 weeks. For the past 8 years, Philip has been Head of Creative Learning at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, where he runs the Drama Studio training programme and directs at least 2 productions a year. He has just finished working on a reading of Huckleberry Finn – a new musical by Duke Special and Andrew Doyle and recently directed Howard Brenton’s World War 1 epic, Dr Scroggy’s War in the Naughton Studio at the Lyric.

Previous directing credits include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Caryl Churchill, Our Country’s Good by Timberlake Wertenbaker, 55 Days and Eternal Love by Howard Brenton, The Patriot Game by Tom Murphy and The Heresy of Love by Helen Edmundson all for the Lyric. In the autumn Philip is about to embark on a fourth tour of the hugely successful Blackout (a play about young people and crime, sponsored by the Department of Justice NI) which has played to over 7000 young people across the country over the past few years.

To book email projects@theatreni.org