Over the last twenty-five years, Earwig Productions has established itself as one of the major producing companies specialising in children’s theatre. Twenty years ago, the company set up its first ever Theatre Summer School at The Gardner Arts Centre on the campus of Sussex University and we have used a number of different venues since then.

The Summer School is a unique opportunity for youngsters from 7 – 17 to work alongside the company’s enthusiastic and dedicated staff (all of whom are CRB checked), and experience all the thrills of the theatre.

The students work is small groups with specialist tutors acquiring, practising and perfecting skills in all areas of the theatre such as acting, improvisation, make-up, dance/movement, circus, design and lots more. The aim of the course is to help young people develop an understanding of the requirements of the theatre by working closely with professional performers in a safe, friendly, creative environment.

The courses are always a mixture of fun and hard work, and each year we aim to introduce some new workshop leaders and plenty of fresh ideas so that those returning year after year will not be repeating work they have already covered. On the Friday afternoon of each week we open our doors to parents and friends who can come and see some of the things we’ve been getting up to! Our final presentations are usually the highlight of a challenging and packed week.

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