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“Play In A Week” Drama Workshop at Akademeia


“Play In A Week” Drama Workshop at Akademeia

This summer we organized our very first short summer courses. One of them was all about Drama!

“Play In A Week” Drama Workshop was undoubtedly a chance for the participants to challenge themselves! To challenge their creativity, expectations, collaboration, and nerves.

Working with Hugh Edwards, a professional director and teacher from London, the group started their work on Monday morning and after four days of intense rehearsals, involving workshops, scene work, fight choreography, had a full, polished performance ready by Friday night.

Congratulations to all participants!

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Course objectives included:

  • team building
  • rehearsal techniques
  • improvisation and performance preparation
  • ensemble scenes
  • character development
  • in-depth exploration of character
  • action and how to block for performance
  • technical design
  • lighting plot
  • sound design
  • costume and performance preparation


Hugh Edwards – a passionate and experienced teacher, bringing a wealth of professional industry experience to his work facilitatingDrama and Theatre Studies within secondary education. As well as full-time classroom experience, he has also produced both full-scale and studio productions within schools, and workshops, shows and events for educational and professional markets.

Hugh Edwards currently runs the co-curricular aspects of Drama at Reigate Grammar School, which is the leading co-educational independent school in Surrey and amongst the top twenty best schools in England by results. The school produces between five and ten productions each year, ranging from shows which tour the local community, to small-scale studio productions, to musicals and plays with casts in excess of 100. They tour to festivals and competitions, and provide an atmosphere which mirrors that of the profession, regularly leading to our students successfully auditioning for drama schools, and some for West End productions and films during their time at the school.

He is a member of the National Independent School’s Drama Association. Hugh obtained a first class honours degree for his undergraduate studies, and was the recipient of the Lisa Pratt-Young Award for outstanding teaching practice for his teacher training. Hugh is a grade eight baritone, and has sung with choirs and ensembles, including madrigals, barbershop, massed choirs and musicals. He also has grade eight trumpet, and has enjoyed playing recreationally with a jazz ensemble, as well as playing for various touring and outdoor Shakespeare shows as an actor/musician.

Hugh is a regular participant in the London Improvisation community, and has trained in long-form Improvisation with Monkey Toast in London and at the iO (Improv Olympic) in Chicago. He performs with three groups currently and also lead confidence building Improvisation workshops.

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