Special Projects

Curious Incident Practitioner Training day


Creating a Drama Workshop for the Autistic Learner & National Theatre Insight Sessions

Thursday 10 August | His Majesty’s Theatre Education Suite | Book Your Place NOW

Aberdeen Performing Arts are delighted to be hosting a Practitioner Training event in collaboration with Touchstone and the National Theatre inspired by the award-winning production, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

Join us for a unique training workshop with Touchstone, who specialise in working with Autistic learners in a theatre and drama context. This will be followed by two Curious Incident Insight Sessions led by Kim Pearce (National Theatre Resident Director on both UK tours), which will explore the making of the production. The day will conclude with the performance of Curious Incident itself, and catering will be provided throughout.


Timetable for the Day

10am - 11am          Coffee Reception
11am - 2pm            Touchstone workshop
2pm - 3.30pm         Lunch / Networking
3.30pm - 4.30pm    Insight Session – Inside the Rehearsal Room
5pm - 6pm              Insight Session – Technical in Focus
6pm - 7.30pm         Dinner / Networking
7.30pm                   Performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time


Ticket Bundles and Booking:

Full Day: £50 | Includes: Touchstone Workshop, 2x Insight Sessions, Show Ticket & Catering
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½ Day: £40 | Includes: Touchstone Workshop, Show Ticket & Catering
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¼ Day: £25 | Includes: Touchstone Workshop & Catering
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Fees will cover the cost of the Touchstone workshop and contribute to APA administration costs


Touchstone Workshop:
Creating a Drama Workshop for the Autistic Learner


In this Touchstone workshop, our aim is to expand your skillset, build your confidence when working with Autistic Learners, and leave you with the skills to create a fully functioning dynamic drama workshop, which is ready for you to deliver.

The session will cover:
· An Introduction to Touchstone’s methods
· Structuring each workshop to help the learners flourish
· The importance of creating the ideal environment
· Adapting your favourite exercises
· Delivering an end of project sharing

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In addition, all participants will receive a hand out documenting the key elements of session.


Curious Incident Pre-Show Insight Sessions


The National Theatre Insight Sessions are an opportunity to take part in an interactive session where you will explore the making of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, and discover how the Creative Team approached the development, rehearsal and production process. We will explore two exciting topics throughout the afternoon!

Inside the Rehearsal Room, 3.30pm - 4.30pm | Book Your Place
This session will offer an overview of how the creative team worked collaboratively to bring the production to life, as well as practical demonstrations of how the actors and directors work together in rehearsals to unlock the script!

Technical In Focus, 5pm - 6pm | Book Your Place
This session offers a multi-media insight into the processes used by the design team when imagining this production for the first time. It will explore how the audio/visual elements have evolved in line with the staging of the production, and offer you an understanding of the stagecraft displayed on stage!


Aberdeen Performing Arts Summer School 2017


Seniors | Age group: S1 - S6 - SOLD OUT

An opportunity to learn and develop skills in devising and performance. Participants will learn a play in a week, working with theatre and music specialists to create and perform a fully staged production in Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree.

His Majesty's Theatre Education Studio
Monday 17 - Friday 21 July 2017 | 10am - 4pm each day

Age group: S1 - S6
Summer School Seniors: £90
Fully staged production: Friday 21 July, 7pm, The Lemon Tree


Juniors | Age group: P4 - P7 - SOLD OUT

An exciting course allowing young people to learn the building blocks of theatre and music performance in His Majesty’s Theatre, a venue at the heart of Aberdeen’s arts scene. The participants will create a unique performance to share with family and friends at the end of the course.

His Majesty's Theatre Education Studio
Monday 24 - Friday 28 July 2017 | 10am - 4pm each day

Age group: P4 - P7
Summer School Juniors: £80
Sharing: Friday 28 July, 3pm, His Majesty's Theatre