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University of the Arts London & Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning CPD

Engaging students in active research skills with Complicité

Friday 28 February 2020, Barbican Centre

We’ve teamed up with University of the Arts London (UAL) for one day of continuing professional development aimed at teachers and creative educators. This development day will help you spark the imagination of your students, invigorating them to explore topics they might not have considered through active research. Led by Joyce Henderson from Complicité, we will learn how to construct a piece of theatre through play, the body in space and ensemble skills. By casting the net wide and gathering information, we will look at how historical facts can be used to create original and engaging theatre for today’s audiences.

Tickets cost £99 to be booked through University of the Arts London. 

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Barbican Box

‘Invaluable in helping pupils to feel this performance venue is accesible to them both as future practitioners and audience members‘
Teacher, Barbican Box

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Visual Art


Get backstage at the Barbican with RSC.

Barbican Backstage invites secondary-school aged students behind-the-scenes to work practically with technical staff from the Royal Shakespeare Company as they prepare for the evening’s performance of Julius Caesar. The day will give students an insight into the technical process of staging a production, as well as the broad range of careers in the production process and wider theatre industry.
Open to academic years 9 to 13.

For more information on how to book onto Barbican Backstage, please check out the event here


Culture Mile School Visits Fund


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Watch: Architecture

Discover more about the history of our Grade II listed building plus debates and discussion about architecture – with slight favouritism towards Brutalism…

Join Young Barbican

Be there when it happens with discounted access to unmissable art and entertainment as well as events and creative opportunities for 14-25 year olds

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