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British Council & Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts concluded Theater Workshop

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DAMASCUS-The British Council in Syria marked Thursday the end of its two-year program in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in capacity building in technical theatre at Dar al Assad for Culture and Arts, Multi-purpose hall.

100 Theatre Professionals trained on light and sound with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (UK).
The theater technicians performed a play at the final ceremony; at which they applied few skills and new techniques at theater.
They were also honored along with other professionals who lectured and participated at theater workshops.



Elizabeth White, British Council Country Director, said in statement that DP-News received a copy "I’m delighted to see the program reaching one hundred theatre professionals– an outcome worth celebrating! These workshops were set up at the specific request of the theatre professionals here in Syria and in the neighbouring countries whom we consulted while researching potential collaboration in theatre. Theatre is a powerful and important medium of expression, in which language, action, sound and light all have their part to play; I look forward to seeing the results of their work."
British Council Country Director White indicated that RADA is going to re-cooperate with Syria at more theater plays and workshops at both Damascus & London.

In turn, Alma Salem, British Council Regional Arts Program Manager stated "We are glad to be able to link light and sound professionals from the Arab region with one of the world’s top theatre training institutions, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, renowned for its quality training and personalized approach to trainers. We hope that this training will contribute to strengthening the infrastructure for theatre production in the Arab region and will in the long term lead to more collaboration in this area between the UK and the region."

The program started in March 2010 at the very same hall when the first workshop was delivered by Matthew Prentice, Head of Lighting, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). The workshop targeted trainers of technical theatre in drama schools and head of technical departments in theatres from Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories and Egypt.

The training of trainers program continued; in March 2011 RADA came back to Damascus for theatre sound training which was conducted by Chris Mock, head of sound Department at RADA. In collaboration with Ministry of Culture, the Opera House and RADA Enterprises, the British Council has organised five cascade training workshops delivered by the Syrian trainers trained by RADA experts.

The capacity building in technical theatre falls under the British Council’s New Work New Audiences arts project which allows audiences in the region and the UK to experience the power of Arts in developing cultural understanding, trust and dialogue.

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