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PROSPECTUS - The Courtyard

PROSPECTUS - The Courtyard

ABOUT US Court

ABOUT US Court Theatre Training Company is situated at The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton. Court has an excellent reputation within the industry by offering a fully comprehensive professional and vocational training suitable for today’s evolving needs in theatre, film, media and TV. Court Theatre Training Company is proud of its high graduate employment with recent graduates having appeared at the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, West End, Battersea Arts Centre and many other leading London Theatres; in TV or film work including Eastenders, Dream Team, Doctor Who, Hip Hop, Time Gentlemen Please, Bad Girls, Band of Gold, Heartbeat, Emmerdale, Crimewatch, Doctors, The Bill and The Dark Knight. Several have worked on national tours such as The Revals, Blood Brothers, Emma, Shakespeare, Treasure Island, The B.F.G., An Inspector Calls plus many other small / middle-scale tours. Several have gone on to direct major productions in both theatre and film / TV with many founding their own companies for touring / London performances. Past Stage Managers, Directors and Designers are working in the West End and for companies such as the National Theatre, Barbican Touring, Edinburgh, major ballet companies, and several London theatres, with many creating their own companies. A recent graduate had his own TV series on BBC3 (Trexx & Flipside) and was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award (for outstanding stage actors under 30). Court has achieved excellent results made possible by its belief that: • close collaboration with the performance industry and The Courtyard Theatre enable vocational skills to be put into practice within a professional environment; • encouraging dramatic expression in new writing and enables an understanding of the performing profession now and in the future; • exciting, innovative and demanding performance opportunities are created for aspiring students of theatre; • by providing ‘working’ professionals to deliver the entire acting curriculum the performance work of the students is always at the ‘cutting edge’ and able to satisfy the needs of the industry. A WORKING THEATRE COMPANY The Courtyard was established in 1989. It is the first professional theatre in the UK with its own resident training company, an innovative and completely realistic approach to your training. This system is unique and has only ever been seen before in Russia. Both the resident companies The Courtyard and our springboard N1 Theatre Company together with visiting experimental companies present an exciting programme of work which has received critical acclaim as “Work in progress and Actors in progress” (Financial Times) . Court is London’s only practical ‘hands on’ and truly vocational training, an apprenticeship staffed by working professionals who provide you with the right skills for your chosen career. Court aims to provide members with training and experience that will enable them to not only earn a living in theatre, but more importantly, challenge them to contribute towards advancing the theatre itself as well as furthering their own individual talents. In other words not only to take but to give to their chosen discipline. We are completely focused on your future within the Arts and Entertainment industry with a strong emphasis on the business side of auditioning and employment. 80% of our graduates gain work in the first month after leaving. Courtiers leave with an employer friendly CV enhanced by the wide range of theatre experience they gain whilst with Court. Final performances are to the paying public. Productions range from the classics, to new plays and includes devised work, theatre in education and physical theatre. Court holds an annual Casting Directors and Agents Showcase which receives great support and recognition from the industry. 4

THE PAST... Court Theatre Training Company grew from its parent company The Courtyard Theatre which was formed in 1980 and established a new London fringe theatre – The Finborough Arms, Earls Court, now an internationally renowned performance venue which celebrates new writing. This professional company held workshops for actors in training, which eventually led to the formation and policy of Court Theatre Training Company at the Courtyard Theatre, King’s Cross in 1989. Court left King’s Cross in 2006 and since 2007 it has been based at the the new Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton. During 2005-2007 we also established The Courtyard at Covent Garden seasons at the now defunct Theatre Museum. We then renovated the Old Hoxton Library opening in October 2007 with 2 Theatres, rehearsal rooms and our newly established Iambic Bar. Past hires have included Endemol (BBC), Carnage of God (Ralph Fiennes) and Theatre Royal Bath apart from the many visiting professional companies for the 2 Theatres. Recent Productions that have made use of The Courtyard’s rehearsal space include No Man’s Land (featuring Sir Michael Gambon and David Walliams), A View from the Bridge (featuring Ken Stott) and Complicité’s production of Endgame (featuring Mark Rylance) NOW... Court Theatre Training Company can boast a practical ‘hands on’ and truly vocational training. An apprenticeship staffed by working professionals provides a training and experience that will enable all graduates to make a positive contribution to the world of theatre. Court is completely focused on the future of the Arts and Entertainment industry and maintains a strong emphasis on the business side of employment. Court Theatre Training Company maintains a fine reputation for the continuing quality of its work, which is a tribute to its training. The structure of an independent professional theatre and training company creates an opportunity for a unique learning cycle. The knowledge acquired throughout the course encourages a genuine responsive and professional approach to performance. THE FUTURE... Court offers a unique 2 Year Accelerated BA (Hons) in Acting plus Directing and Stage Management courses. Future plans include an MA in Scriptwriting to link in with the King’s Cross Award for New Writing and a Writer’s Laboratory. There will be opportunities for trainee actors to participate in these courses. Other future plans include a foundation course to help young actors looking to move into full-time training. 5

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