Training Course

Theatre Apprenticeships

Organisation: Solar Bear

Region: Central Scotland

Artform: Theatre

Welcoming: Sensory Disability ; Inclusive/Integrated

Opportunity Summary:

In 2013, Solar Bear launched an apprenticeship scheme in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire Scotland. The apprenticeship scheme is funded through Creative Scotland's Talent Hub fund and commenced in April 2013, running for 16 months. Three apprentices were selected from the body of students enrolled in the Deaf Theatre Skills course run by Solar Bear in partnership with the Royal Conservatoire Scotland designed to offer formal routes into the profession for deaf actors. The apprenticeship scheme will help lay the foundations for the UK's first BA Acting degree for deaf students that will commence in 2015 at the RCS. The scheme will look at the development of entrepreneurial skills including innovative and creative thinking, communication skills and the ability to take risks and work towards preparing the Scottish theatre sector for working with d/Deaf practitioners through placements and work experience with theatre venues and producing companies. Please contact for further information.

Organisation Information:

Solar Bear is an award-winning theatre company established in 2002 with the aim of developing new multidisciplinary theatre-making processes in order to create exciting, pioneering, accessible theatre of the highest quality for and with people of all ages. The Company aims to ensure that their work, both the learning strand and main stage productions, is accessible to as wide a range of people as possible. To this end they have worked with a broad variety of excluded groups. The Company is also passionate about artistic developments in regard to inclusive work from an aesthetic point of view, and has integrated audio description and British Sign Language into on-stage action. In this respect Solar Bear is often regarded as a leader in the field. The organisation has been at the forefront of theatre work with d/Deaf young people and adults through its d/Deaf Youth Theatre and d/Deaf Theatre Club. It runs a d/Deaf Theatre Skills course in partnership with The Royal Conservatoire Scotland and this partnership will see a groundbreaking BA Deaf Performance degree course for individuals with hearing difficulties launched in September 2015. Solar Bear work with schools, community groups, organisations and charities delivering workshops and projects. They run a Therapeutic Theatre Programme and have a team of freelancers who deliver outreach workshops. Solar Bear have delivered workshop programmes in Gartnavel Royal Hospital, St Roch's School and Deaflinks in Dundee. They have also worked with charities such as Action for Children, Who Cares Scotland and Young Carers, Scotland.


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