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7th June 1996 at 01:00
Some rich pickings in different parts of the country for workshops: Beyond Naturalism 3: New Languages for Theatre is the third conference in this series organised by the Royal Court education department. Running on June 22 and 23, it is aimed at performing arts lecturers and teachers running BTEC, A level and related courses from around the country.

Discussions and workshops will focus on award-winning experimental theatre. Among those taking part are Stephen Daldry, artistic director of the Royal Court, The People Show, Ken Campbell and CandoCo. The conference, which takes place at the Holborn Centre for the Performing Arts, runs concurrently with the Barclays New Stages Festival at the Royal Court and workshops are being led by some of its practitioners. For more information, ring Amanda Stuart, Royal Court education coordinator, on 0171 404 6964.

On an altogether different scale but with a shared focus on new writing, the Off-the-Page Workshop takes place tomorrow, June 8, at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. Playwright Tom McGrath, together with the Lyceum's education officer Steven Small, are running an all-day workshop introducing 30 14 to 18 year olds to a selection of new scripts by Scottish playwrights. The scripts explore the experience of being a teenager and the writers will be present in what will be a two-way learning experience. This workshop is just the first of a series in June and July for all age ranges. Ring Steven Small at the Lyceum on 0131 229 7404.

There's one more week for those of you in the Watford area to catch Diana Quick in Diane Samuels' award-winning Kindertransport. The story of a young Jewish refugee girl's journey from pre-war Germany on the special Kindertransport evacuation trains to London, is a brilliant exploration of those horrendous times and its legacy on its survivors and their children. At the Palace Theatre Watford until June 15. Box office on 01923 225671.

Middlesbrough Young Shakespeare Company, a group of 16 to 21 year olds, presents The Tempest at a number of venues, including an open air performance at the National Trust-owned Ormesby Hall, from July 9 to 14. For full details, write to June Rowe, publicity coordinator at 29 Silverdale, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, Cleveland TS7.

Design students of the Welsh College of Music and Drama are staging puppet productions of The Rise and Fall of the British Empire and The Adventures of Alice in the grounds of Tretower Court, near Crickhowell. The life sized puppets are designed, made and operated by the students, who are camping on the site for two weeks, rehearsing for the shows. Alice can be seen on June 20 and 21, Rise and Fall on June 27 and 28. Box office on 01222 372175.

Cries from the Market!, a youth musical to be performed at the 1996 Southwark Festival on October 11 and 12, is looking for singers, writers, composers, set and costume designers, and technicians between the ages of 12 and 20 to take part. No experience necessary, but participants must be committed to attending "lots of rehearsals". The first workshop takes place on June 9, at the BASE, 59 Bethwin Road, Camberwell, London SE5. More information from the Southwark Festival on 0171 793 7948.

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