It’s a new programme that has been specially designed to enhance the experience of performances and screenings for theatre-goers.

The Up Stage programme at the Marina Theatre will link closely to the diverse range of shows on offer – beginning with ‘A Beginners Guide to Opera: Tosca’ on Tuesday, September 19.

Professional singer and performer Charlotte Polland will lead people through a brief history of opera and explore the skill and technique involved.

The workshop session, which will take place at Stella Maris Church Hall, is priced at £15 and will run from 2pm-4pm for people over 18 and from 4.30pm – 6pm for people aged between nine and 18.

Workshop bookers can also buy a ticket for the live performance of Tosca by the Russian State Opera at 7.30pm on September 19 – for just £20.

Further workshops including ‘Understanding Hamlet’ on Thursday, October 5 and ‘Understanding Coriolanus’ on Wednesday, October 11 will be run by Shakespeare expert Simon Bridge.

The sessions, which run from 2pm to 5pm and are aimed at people over 18, and priced at £15.

They also include a ticket for the corresponding screenings at 7pm on the same day.

‘A Beginners Guide to Ballet: The Nutcracker’ will also take place on Friday, October 13.

Professional dancer and performer Lizzie Stanley will lead this introduction to the history and style of ballet at the Stella Maris Church Hall.

These workshops are an ideal way to gain an understanding and appreciation of the discipline, craft and art form.

The workshop, which takes place between 2pm and 4pm for people over 18 and from 4.30pm to 6pm for people aged between nine and 18, costs £15.

People can also book to see the live performance of The Nutcracker by the Russian National Ballet at 7.30pm on the 13th October for just £20.

Will Isgrove, Head of Young People and Outreach at the Marina Theatre, said: “We are delighted to announce these exciting activities to making potentially complex or inaccessible arts forms as open as possible – and to break down any negative perceptions people may have.
We want to help people delve into new and exciting cultural and artistic avenues – led by experienced and talented industry professionals.
“The arts are for everybody and we hope this programme will help deepen the understanding and appreciation.”

Places on these workshops are limited to 20 spaces, so book early to avoid disappointment.

And keep an eye out on the Marina Theatre website and social media channels – as further workshops are confirmed.

Call the box office on 01502 533200 to book!