Arts CouncilOur popular holiday programmes are back for another year, with a very special series of evening workshops in August in partnership with Strongback Productions. Find out more about this and other upcoming projects below.

Wac Arts Summer Schools are generously supported by Arts Council England.

“I just wanted to say how much N enjoyed the holiday project. He is famous for not wanting to try new things and by the end of the week he literally left the building with a new walk! It was SO good for his confidence and he’s hoping there’s another project in the Christmas holidays. Thank you so much!”
Parent of Summer Programmes Student

Drama Summer School   Circus School   WActive


Drama Summer School

A week of drama workshops for 14-26 year olds in partnership with StrongBack Productions
Do you love to act and want to be part of a unique opportunity this August?

  • Ages 14-26 yrs
  • 21-25 August 2017: 6.30pm-8.30pm – Monday to Friday evenings

Wac Arts is hosting a week of evening workshops for those who love Drama and are interested in exploring the contemporary play, Chigger Foot Boys, written by award winning playwright, Patricia Cumper.

“Chigger Foot Boys is a stirring story of love, duty, death and dominoes, based on true events inthe lives of Jamaicans who fought in World War One”.
The week will begin with a text-based workshop led by Patricia with Dr Richard Smith, senior lecturer in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Then you’ll work with industry professionals developing devising and performance skills towards a sharing at the end of the week.

And it doesn’t end there: your work will contribute to the Chigger Foot Boys touring exhibition which will follow in the autumn!

Places cost £20 a week *Further siblings enrolled onto the same course get 50% fee discount.*
All participants will receive a free copy of the play text, published by Oberon Books.
As this popular summer programme is in high demand please return application forms by Monday 31st July 2017 and we will let you know whether you have successfully gained a place by Monday 7 August 2017.

Bursaries available
Here at Wac Arts we’re committed to providing quality holiday programmes for young people at affordable prices – with bursaries available on all of our Summer programmes. If you would like to apply for a bursary then please tick the relevant boxes on the application form.

More about the professionals:

Patricia Cumper; Patricia Cumper MBE FRSA is a playwright, producer, director, theatre administrator, critic and commentator.

Martina Laird; A vast experience of working in television, Martina is probably best known as the popular character Comfort Jones on BBC’s flagship drama Casualty. In her five years on the show she won two acting awards for her work from the Michael Elliott Foundation and the BFM Awards. Martina was also nominated for an Evening Standard Best Actress Award for her role as Sophia Adams in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Moon On A Rainbow Shawl by Trinidadian playwright Errol John.
After a very successful run last year as Beatrice in the UK premiere of Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand directed by Indhu Rubasingham at the Tricycle Theatre in London, Martina is currently in Who Cares at the Royal Court. Directed by Debbie Hannan, Lucy Morrison and Hamish Pirie, it runs until May 16, 2015.
Dr Richard Smith; Senior Tutor at Goldsmiths, University of London, is an expert on the involvement of West Indians in the First World War.

About Chigger Foot Boys:
An intoxicating cocktail of love, duty, death and dominoes… Based on true events in the lives of Jamaicans who fought in World War One and set amid the banter in a rum bar near Kingston Harbour, four young men tell their stories of death and glory as the end of the British Empire looms.
1914. One night in Medora’s rum bar by the docks in Kingston, Jamaica, a soldier, a hunter, a scholar and a lover are playing a game of dominoes to while away the night, trapped by a thunderstorm. They are oblivious of the impact that the distant war in Europe will have on them, their island and the future of the British Empire. Amongst them, about to embark on a journey of a lifetime, is a young Norman Manley. Through flash forwards we witness the fate that awaits them and many other Jamaicans who volunteered and fought on the fronts of World War One. #ChiggerFootBoys.

Staged earlier this year at Tara Theatre Chigger Foot Boys received enthusiastic reviews from the audience:
“The play showed me a history which I didn’t know at all. It moved between years and events and history and human frailty beautifully. A wonderful experience.”

“The writing, use of songs, the physical structure of the play. The whole thing was thoroughly engaging. Beautifully written and acted.”

“The staging was brilliant – very imaginative but also clear. The use of music and rhythm helped to build atmosphere. Fantastic performances from all the cast.”


Circus School

Wac Arts Circus School | Ages 5-13
24-28 July 2017: 10.15am-15.15pm, Monday-Friday

Wac Arts has nearly 40 years of experience training young people in performing arts and our Circus School is one of our favourite parts of summer! Over the space of a week young people will take part in gravity defying aerial classes, hit new heights trampolining and learn the insider secrets of clowning, all from trained industry professionals in great facilities.

Places cost £50 a week – that’s just £10 a day.
Further siblings enrolled onto the same course get 50% fee discount.


WActive Aerials and Parkour

WActive | Ages 13 – 19
24-28 July 2017: 1.30pm-5.00pm, Monday-Friday

If you’re slightly older, we’ve got WActive. This weeklong intensive programme will introduce you to the art of parkour, the ultimate combination of urban exploration and fitness – and a great foundation for anyone interested in stunt training. You’ll also get to do aerials – pulling off some great photo-worthy moves!

Places cost £40 a week – that’s less than £10 a day.
Further siblings enrolled onto the same course get 50% fee discount.

Bursaries available
Here at Wac Arts we’re committed to providing quality holiday programmes for young people at affordable prices – with bursaries available on all of our Summer programmes. If you would like to apply for a bursary then please tick the relevant boxes on the application form.


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If you know a young person whom you think would benefit from a week of activities such as this we would be grateful if you could pass on this webpage, leaflet and application form to them.
 

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If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jitendra Kulkarni on 020 7692 5800.


Previous Holiday Programmes

Street Beams Holiday Programme

STREET BEAMS

11th-13th April 2017
10am-3pm

Age group: 10 years and up
Cost: £25 for the week

UFO’s are looking. NASA is going wild with panic. The threat of space invasion is upon us…
It is up to the Streets to take the battle out into space!

Join us in creating a dance battle masterpiece, experimenting with exciting new forms of playing music through interactive technology and expressive movement. Be part of the epic battle between the Streets and Space…

Email Info@WacArts.co.uk for more information and to book a place, or call 020 7692 5888.


 

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Professional Approaches to Performance
• Age group: 17-26 yrs

If you’re thinking of embarking on performing arts training or want to develop your existing skills to give yourself the edge on the competition, then our Professional Approaches summer short course is perfect. Taking place over five evenings at Wac Arts’ home in Belsize Park, you can choose to focus on either acting or singing. Our alumni include actors Danny Dyer and Danny Sapani, as well as MOBO award winners Ms Dynamite and Zoe Rahman. The classes will be taught by industry professionals and tailored to your skill sets – if you’re thinking of heading to drama school or you just want help nailing that audition then why not sign up? This course costs a phenomenal £25 for the entire week – a price you’re unlikely to find anywhere else in the UK, let alone London! Due to the level of coaching we do ask that you have an intermediate level or are confident in either singing or acting before enrolling.


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WActive
• Age group: 12yrs-19yrs

Ever wondered how you even start to learn the skills of a stunt person? Do you see yourself jumping around like a superhero? Then this week of thrilling acrobatic art forms is for you. Join us to explore aerials, parkour (free running), stage combat and sword fighting.


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TV Apocalypse – THE ZOMBIE TAKOVER
• Age group: 12-18 yrs

BREAKING NEWS!!!! Zombies have invaded the TV studios and taking over our screens
Through the eyes of Zombies, join us in re-imagining your favourite soaps, TV adverts, quiz panel shows and live news and sport broadcasts as well as much much more. Learn how to become a masterful TV production crew and create the very first TV Zombie Broadcast!!!
Wac Arts Interactive is an inclusive programme suitable for a range of needs to find out more please contact Thomas.Edwards@WacArts.co.uk


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Inclu-Techno: Part of the over 18s Happy Healthy Independent Living Project
• Age group: 18+ yrs

Young people will explore and develop electronic music ideas and performance techniques for broadcast and a live show. Young people will create their own instruments and sounds via specialist hardware and software using movement, texture and other non traditional techniques with a focus on fun and expressing themselves.


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Junior Wac Arts: Circus School
• Age group: 5yrs-13yrs

Spend a week exploring a wide range of enjoyable and exciting art forms including aerials, tumbling, acrobatics, circus skills and clowning. A fun filled program to keep young people active, creative and learn a whole new skills base this summer!

“I just wanted to say how much N enjoyed the holiday project. He is famous for not wanting to try new things and by the end of the week he literally left the building with a new walk! It was SO good for his confidence and he’s hoping there’s another project in the Christmas holidays. Thank you so much!”
Parent of Summer Programmes Student

Northern Ireland – Outreach Road Trip – Fully Booked!
• Age group: 12-18 yrs
Wac Arts Interactive will be hitting the road again this summer on their most ambitious Outreach Project to date. The young people participating will be Wac Arts peer to peer trainers, leading Interactive Technology workshops to various organisations and youth groups around Northern Ireland.
 

Wonder Wac Arts
• Age group: 11-18 yrs

During the summer break Wonder Wac will be providing workshops every day starting on Thursday 21st July all the way through until Friday 26th August. Each week will have a different theme and a fresh staff team to ensure that all of our young people will have a great time with us. The summer affords us, hopefully, some good weather for trips off site, picnics in the park and sports sessions.
We will be running two 5 day residential trips to outdoor adventure centres in the Countryside and each of these trips will include exciting activities and a visit to the seaside.

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