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The Isaac Theatre Royal and Canvas Bag Drama School present...
April 2024 School Holiday Drama Workshops

Mon 22 April - Wed 24 April 2024
Isaac Theatre Royal

Isaac Theatre Royal and Canvas Bag Drama School are back with the second installment of our 2024 Drama Workshops for the upcoming April School Holiday break!

Monday 22nd – Wednesday 24th April!

This April, the course will be split into three age groups; 7-9yrs, 10-12yrs and 13-17yrs, and will take place in our front of house spaces; The Gloucester Room, Ravenscar Lounge, and The Grand. 

Magnificent Misfits!

Discover the daring stories of those who broke the rules.

What connects Robin Hood’s adventures, Scheherazade’s captivating tales, and the seven sisters – or Pleiades, from The Dreamtime?

They’re all rebels who showed us it’s okay to be different!

Join us for an exciting 3-day workshop where we’ll explore these and other stories and create our own adventures inspired by boldness and innovative thinking.

Enrol now and take the journey with us.

These workshops are designed to challenge children & teenagers with new ideas about acting and performance. Immerse yourself and learn improvisation skills through a selection of high energy and fun games. Dabble in musical theatre including voice work and contemporary choreography in the beautiful surroundings of the majestic Isaac Theatre Royal.

The workshop will take place over three days culminating in a showcase of what the students have been working on, performed in the beautiful Gloucester Room. 

You’ll supply energy, a willingness to learn, and bundles of imagination!

Group 1: 7 – 9 years – Tutored by Andrew Gilbert

Andrew has a keen interest in improvisation, and encourages imagination and quick thinking within conventional story telling structure, and improvisation itself. As a deep appreciator of storytelling, Andrew encourages his students to find the patterns within all stories, and to understand the rules of regular storytelling so that they may be broken in interesting ways!

Time: 9am – 3pm (final day will conclude at 4pm) 


Group 2: 10 – 12 years  – Tutored by Caitlyn O’Rouke

Caitlyn O’Rouke began her theatre training with Harlequin Players, and later joined Riccarton Players, appearing on stage in a variety of roles. She is an accomplished singer, and was part of the specialist music programme at Burnside where she sang in the Bel Canto choir. She has worked as a director at Canterbury University in Musoc and Dramasoc productions, and led improvisation workshops with SayWhat. Caitlyn enjoys weaving technical knowledge of the voice and body with artistic endeavours. She believes that improvisation has played a key role in her development as not just a performer but a person, and is passionate about making this form of play available to anyone wanting to flourish. Caitlyn is currently working towards a degree in psychology at the University of Canterbury. She is extremely passionate about making theatre accessible for all.

Time: 9am – 3pm (final day will conclude at 4pm) 

Group 3: 13 – 17 years – Tutored by Harry Lawerence 

Originally from Swansea (Wales), Harry has been involved in a wide variety on theatre disciplines including musical theatre, improvisation, physical theatre and puppetry. having toured with Creature Encounter, an internationally acclaimed street theatre puppetry group. Since moving to Christchurch Harry founded the Hwyl Theatre Company which specialises in creating original productions with innovative theatre techniques. Harry has also performed in a variety of productions, most recently playing the role of Richard Rich in A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt.

Time: 9am – 4pm

Course content designer and Canvas Bag Drama School Director – Felicity Williams

Felicity Williams has an Honours Degree in Composition from the University of Canterbury. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including a QE2 Arts Council residency, and in addition, for her large body of work in television and film media, both in New Zealand and internationally. Felicity believes that imaginative games are the catalyst for the intellectual and emotional growth of children and to this end, she develops and participates extensively in children’s play patterns while teaching drama classes at Canvas Bag Drama School. She considers her work with children to be a privileged joyful interplay, and loves to see children, through the dramatic play she provides, move effortlessly between a real world and an imagined one.

Cost: $250.00 incl GST (workshop lunch additional)

**Please note: Your place in this workshop will be confirmed once payment has been received.**

Wear: Comfortable clothing

Workshop lunch is sorted! Take the hassle out of organising and pre-purchase a healthy, delicious lunch for only an dditional $17.50 per day.

Lunches include: a substantial savory item, piece of fresh fruit, a sweet treat and a choice of drink (bottled water, Charlies orange juice pouch or Charlies blackcurrant & apple juice pouch). All dietary requirements will be catered for. 

**Participants are welcome to bring their own packed lunch.**

All participants will receive a certificate detailing the achievement of their intensive holiday drama workshop at the end of day three.

Bookings are set to fill up quick. Enter your child(s) details below to secure your spot(s) for this fantastic workshop.

2024 April School Holiday Drama Workshop Registration

Application Form for our upcoming April School Holiday Drama Workshops!

  • Please note: If your child is on the fringe of an age bracket, we may consider moving them up / down to a group if we are needing to even out group numbers. If this was to take place, you will be notified.
  • Emergency Contact Details:

  • I consent to Canvas Bag and the Isaac Theatre Royal using any photos/video/artwork created during the workshops to be used in any Canvas Bag or Isaac Theatre Royal promotional materials in both print and electronic media, such as websites and social media.
  • Students will have a 30 minute supervised lunch break, so why not take the hassle out and pre-purchase their lunch pack for only $17.50 per day! (Tick either first day, second day or both days)
  • Lunches will be prepared to suit all dietary requirements and will consist of a substantial savory item, a piece of fresh fruit, a sweet treat and your choice of drink (Bottled Water, Charlies orange juice pouch or Charlies blackcurrant and apple juice pouch - please tick below)
  • Payment Details

    Payment to be made into Theatre Royal Charitable Foundation bank account: ASB: 12-3191-0023-507-53 Ref: AprilDrama + STUDENT NAME
  • Disruptive Behaviour

    Canvas Bag reserves the right to remove a student from a class where that student exhibits unacceptable behaviour. Canvas Bag expects all students to have reasonable self management skills and always act with overall safety and well-being of the class as being of paramount importance.

Upcoming performances

Mon 22 April 2024
9:00 am
Tue 23 April 2024
9:00 am
Wed 24 April 2024
9:00 am

Telephone: +64-3-366 6326

Email: [email protected]

Street Address:
145 Gloucester Street
New Zealand

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