12 free online masterclasses being held by New Vic theatre in lockdown


Theatre staff are sharing their skills and knowledge online in a series of virtual workshops during lockdown 3.

The New Vic is inviting youngsters and their families to log on and get involved in a range of creative skills, from making their own musical instruments to special effects makeup.

The Basford-based theatre was able to hold some socially distanced shows in 2020, in their newly renovated auditorium – but remains closed due to government restrictions.

Hosted by the New Vic Education team, the 12 free workshops will run between January 26 and February 11.

The sessions will be suitable for a wide variety of ages and skill levels, and cover a range of fascinating and fun disciplines.

Participants can join in using simple software and items which can be easily found around the house and each session is designed to give participants a fun insight into the world of theatre-making.

Here are the 12 masterclasses, alongside the dates, times and suitable age ranges.

To book onto a masterclass, email education@newvictheatre.org.uk.

Props and Settings maker Melissa McCann teaching youngsters

Practical sound design (part 1 of 2) with Sound and Lighting Technician Alex Day.

Tuesday, January 26

4.30pm-5.30pm

Discuss the role and practice of a 21st century sound designer, and design your own post-production soundtrack to a video clip. Reaper/Garageband software recommended.

Suitable for ages 14+.

Boogie Beats with Resident Theatre Education Practitioner Becky Salt.

Wednesday, January 27

3.30pm-4.00pm

Make your own simple musical instrument, be a part of our band and then dance along to some of our favourite songs!

Suitable for children aged four to seven, and their families.

Design for Zoom with Head of Design Lis Evans.

Wednesday, 27 January

4.30pm-5.30pm

Explore how we see each other on Zoom, and how we can present ourselves and environments in different ways both practically and digitally.

Suitable for ages 10+.

Introduction to 3D printing with Resident Lighting Designer and Chief Electrician Daniella Beattie.

Thursday, January 28

4.30pm-5.30pm

Find out more about how a 3D printer can melt plastic into any shape you design.

Suitable for ages 13+.

Practical sound design (part 2 of 2) with Sound and Lighting Technician Alex Day.

Monday, February 1

5.30pm-6.15pm

A chance to feedback on the post-production soundtracks created, following the first practical sound design workshop.

Suitable for ages 14+.

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If you’re on Facebook then you can join our What’s On group – called What’s On in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Here you’ll find tonnes of ideas to keep you busy and entertained – whatever your age!

It’s our guide to what’s on across our patch covering leisure and lifestyle, events, food and drink.

And, because it’s a group, you can post your own suggestion in it as well!

So why not pop along and join in?

Introduction to 3D modelling and animating with Deputy Chief Electrician Pete Morgan.

Tuesday, February 2

4.30pm-5.30pm

Using 3D modelling software Blender, discover how animations can be created digitally.

Suitable for ages 14+.

What is a Deputy Stage Manager? With Deputy Stage Manager Kate Wilcock.

Wednesday, February 3

5.30pm-6.15pm

Meet Deputy Stage Manager Kate Wilcock, find out what this role involves, and even how to cue a show.

Suitable for ages 13+.

Teddy Tales with Resident Theatre Education Practitioner Becky Salt.

Thursday, February 4

3.30pm-4.00pm

Bring along a favourite cuddly toy, and let’s see where our imaginations will take us!

Suitable for children aged four to seven, and their families.

Introduction to making puppets with Props and Settings Maker Melissa McCann.

Thursday, February 4

5.30pm-6.15pm

Learn how to create your own bird puppet at home with everyday household and recycled materials, and take a closer look at puppets from past New Vic shows.

Suitable for ages 10+.

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Design for theatre with Head of Design Lis Evans.

Tuesday, February 9

4.30pm-5.30pm

Explore the entire design process from initial research to sketchbook and technical drawings, costume fittings, and more.

Suitable for ages 13+.

Introduction to lighting with Resident Lighting Designer and Chief Electrician Daniella Beattie.

Wednesday, February 10

4.30pm-5.30pm

Find out more about how we light up productions on stage.

Suitable for ages 10+.

Creating special effects with makeup with Institute of Makeup Artistry-qualified Assistant Stage Manager Kayleigh Cooper.

Thursday, February 11

4.30pm-5.30pm

Learn the basic skills required for a range of stage makeup effects including scabs, burns, blood application, and stitches.

Suitable for ages 10+, parent supervision recommended.





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