Summer Academy Activity Weeks 2018

Who are we?

The Blackburn Empire Theatre is a professional theatre staging a variety of professional and amateur work throughout the year. Pendle Productions are a nationally recognised professional Theatre and Arts Company who have been touring and performing across the UK since 1985. Both organisations have come together to provide the best instruction and experiences for young people in the best environment with first class facilities.

The Academy is now in its 6th successful year and is a professionally led performance, actor, technical film-making and musical performer training company for young people. All our activities are designed to be a fun way of leaning new skills, making new friends and exploring the arts. All our staff are fully qualified and experienced practitioners who work professionally in the Theatre/Film/ Television/ Radio industries. We have DBS checks on staff and are fully insured to work with children.

What do we do?

We work together with young people to create professional quality performances and experiences in the arts, while teaching the skills and knowledge necessary to further enjoy their artistic activities.

We run Summer and Holiday projects, through which young people work on one project for a whole week presenting a final project to the public in the main house theatre on the final day.

We also run taster sessions each Easter and October where you can sign up to try out and learn new skills whilst working with industry professionals. These taster sessions are a fun way to experience, learn, develop and explore.

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Film School and Movie Making Week 30 July – 3 August 2018
Film premiere on Friday night (15 Minutes)

Whether behind the camera as a director, writer and camera person or in front of the camera as an actor, dancer and singer you will have the opportunity of working with one of this country’s leading award winning film makers. You will work and develop your own unscripted or scripted films while learning vital screen-acting and film-making techniques. At the end of the rehearsal period you will be able to film under the supervision of a professional director and actor trainers. The high quality film will then be premiered in the Theatre on the Friday evening. So it doesn’t matter if you want to perform or work in the back room this workshop week will be just for you. Young actors benefit from the expertise of our professionals in the Film & TV industry, as well as the specialist skills of experienced actor trainers.

The Musical Theatre Week 6 – 10 August 2018
West End And Broadway Musical

With a heavy emphasis on teaching musical theatre skills and performance from the musical theatre world. This workshop is also for those who would like to work on their technical production skills, as there will be opportunities to work on set design, lighting and sound. So if you’re a budding musical performer, dancer, singer or actor this workshop will be right up your street. Come to our West End or Broadway theatre presentation on the Friday evening. (40 minute minimum show.) Following the success of “Return to the Forbidden Planet”, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”, “Blood Brothers” and “Barnum” in previous years we will be working this year on the West End Hit “Matilda”.

Summer Pantomime 13 – 17 August 2018

Your opportunity to star in a fully produced pantomime (Performance) on the Friday night.
Scripted by Pendle Productions own Artistic Director you will be taught all the skills you require to take part in the Blackburn Empire Theatre’s fifth Summer Pantomime. You could be playing Aladdin, Wishee Washee, The Wicked Abanazar, Princess Jasmine, Emperor, Fairy of the Ring, Genie or one of the Comic Policemen. With a public performance on the Friday evening this workshop week will be sure to be the smash hit of the summer.

Costs for the Summer Academy

£120 each week if booked and paid for by 1st June 2018
£130 each week if paid for between June 1st and start date

If three weeks workshops are booked and paid for before 1st June
Total cost £300

If three weeks workshops are booked and paid for between June 1st and start date
Total cost £340