Summer 2018 theatre workshops

In January 2018 , we’re offering three exciting theatre intensive workshops for people aged 8 — 18 years. Spread across four days, each course explores the crazy ways in which NORPA makes theatre — from the physical and dynamic to the bold and downright silly.

Join us for a deep dive into the world of performance, imagination, physical expression and collaborative theatre-making strategies.

When, where and how much?

Monday 22—Thursday 25 January 2018
10am-4pm
The Studio, Lismore City Hall

$260 per student
$240 early bird price if paid by Friday 22 December 2017
$210 for second and subsequent children from the same family
No drama experience but plenty of enthusiasm required.
Download and complete the application forms and return to our Education Coordinator.
Download the flyer.

Limited to 15 places per course. Bookings essential.
NORPA is pleased to offer three complimentary places to each of our short courses for those who may need extra assistance to access the opportunity. These places will be offered on the basis of the EOI to be submitted by Sunday 7 January 2018.

Upcoming courses


Not a Word with Kate Walder — 12-15 years

Spend a week exploring how much you can say without actually saying anything.  Take inspiration from the great clowns like Charlie Chaplin, Australia’s own  Umbilical Brothers and films like the Oscar winner The Artist.

Discover how physical theatre can help us express a range of emotions, explore clowning and mask work, and learn how to create sound effects and music to your scenes.  You will be amazed at how much you can convey through using these techniques.  By the end of the week you will have a show that will leave your audience speechless.

Empowered play-making with Ajita Cannings — 8-12 years

This workshop holds children’s natural joy and inherent inquisitiveness as performers and creators at its heart. An exciting and safe environment to step-up and explore performance skills, as well as begin understanding the conventions of performance. Students will explore the process of play-making through employing improvisation, clowning, movement and scriptwriting, and will perform for family and friends at the conclusion of the week.


Stepping into images with Barry Laing — 15-18 years

Bridge the space between imagination and physicality by exploring the intersection of image, movement, music and text beyond literal, surface meanings. This workshop will emphasise collaborative strategies for theatre-making, by creating images that emerge from young people’s concerns and interests. Progressively layering work by exploring form, space, music, image and text through improvisation, young people will literally ‘step into their images’ as the workshop progresses.

Informed by the clowning of Phillipe Gaulier, movement practice of Monika Pagneux and poetic corporeal work of Theatre de Complicite, this workshop will be demanding, engaging and deeply creatively rewarding for young people ready to take the plunge into the challenge of image-driven, physical, collaborative work.