25th November 2005 at 00:00

National Theatre Education is running a two-day teachers'

course on effective presentation as part of its TheatreWorks professional development programme, which uses techniques from the rehearsal room.

Venue: National Theatre, London SE1, December 2-3 repeated on March 17-18.

Fee: pound;200 (includes materials, lunch, evening buffet and a ticket to that evening's play).

Tel: 020 7452 3739 Email:

World Shakespeare 2006, to be held next July in Brisbane, Australia, will incorporate the eighth World Shakespeare Congress at Brisbane City Hall, July 16-21. This will include presentations from David Malouf, Australian novelist, Professor Michael Neill, University of Auckland, and Gale Edwards, Australian theatre director. An education day on July 21 will focus on teaching Shakespeare. Workshops include actordirector masterclasses, stage fighting and sessions for young people. Event Planners Australia Tel: 001 61 7 3858 5568

"The Eight Senses: the usual five, the sixth sense, common sense and a little bit of nonsense" is the theme of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama's annual conference at Gresham's School, Holt, North Norfolk, August 17-20.



The Theatre Museum in Covent Garden, London, is celebrating the life of the great Victorian actor-manager, Sir Henry Irving, with "Irving Centenary: 100 Years On" running until February 28.

The exhibition features around 600 scripts and there is a screen showing photographs of Irving in theatrical roles and in daily life, while his voice is played throughout.

Daily activities include workshops exploring melodrama and Gothic theatrical make-up.

Another exhibition, opening on November 30, marks the 50th anniversary of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and John Osborne's Look Back in Anger.

"Unleashing Britain: Ten Years that Shaped the Nation" will trace how these productions changed British theatre and helped free Britons from the post-war years.

Tel: 020 7943 4750 Visit the Teachers Directory section of the London Theatre Guide website to plan school theatre trips and find out about masterclasses and special events, such as the Royal Court Young Writers Programmes for ages 13 to 25 and the Masterclass series of performance-led seminars for ages 16 upwards at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. There is also information on education packs available from theatre companies and specific shows.

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