Performance Making Taster Workshops


at the Traverse in Edinburgh and RCS in Glasgow

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In partnership with Dr Vania Gala, Head of the new Performance Making BA, Fair Access has been running taster workshops at the Traverse Theatre and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

At both venues, we had a brilliant turnout of creative people, willing to move, collaborate and explore new ways of working together:

‘I loved being creative, moving and the energy in the room’ 

‘It felt so good to move’ 

‘I enjoyed the positive way we connected to each other and to our own bodies, and thinking about movement in a different way…I had a lot of fun!’ 

‘Learning that there are resources out there that encourage new theatre being created was so useful’ 

Our session at RCS was run in partnership with Scottish Youth Theatre and Creative Director Rikki Payne brought a group of young artists from Dunoon to take part and also couldn’t resist joining in himself! The session was co-led by Lucy Cash who teaches on the new degree programme.

Interested in exploring Performance Making with Transitions?

If you’re keen to work across different artforms including performance, movement, dance, choreography, sound, light and community arts, apply to Transitions on our website 

Fair Access 'Behind the Scenes' Expo

 Fair Access Behind the Scenes EXPO 

Focus on Film, Production Arts and Technology

Monday 5 June, 10 – 3pm

Civic House, 26 Civic Street, Glasgow G4 9RH

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©RCS-Robbie McFadzean

Are you aged 15+ and interested in Film and/or Production Arts or Technology as a career? Do you teach or support someone who is interested in what happens behind the scenes? Then the Fair Access EXPO is for you!

This Fair Access EXPO is an exciting all-day event designed to get you up close behind the scenes of a performance with experts on hand to help you try out a range of skills. The day ends with a performance that you will have helped put together.

During the day, you will have a chance to:

  • Make and paint a set
  • Design and operate light and sound
  • Work with filmmakers and multimedia artists
  • Choose costumes for performers
  • Meet a range of creative professionals
  • Find out about opportunities in Film and Production that might be available
  • And much, much, more including a free breakfast and lunch!

Come and have a go, meet other young people who like the same things you do, and be part of our creative team.

Places are strictly limited so sign up today!

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Please note: Fair Access will prioritise those facing barriers to accessing the arts such as those living in an SIMD20 postcode (you can check this on our website), are estranged or care experienced, or identifying as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Colour (living in an SIMD20 or SIMD40 postcode).

Please let us know the eligibility criteria which best describes you or the group you are booking for when you apply. If none of these criteria apply to you, please feel free to register and a member of staff will get in touch.

 How to get in touch 

If you would like to find out more or have a query or questions, get in touch with the team at: 

Recharge Your Theatre Practice, Season Two!

 Recharge Your Theatre Practice 

Career Long Professional Learning for

N5, Higher and Advanced Higher Teachers

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Build your skills in Directing Monologues for Auditions and Practical Lighting. Join us at RCS and All Saints Secondary School Glasgow for workshops to refresh your creative practice and share new ways of working!

Directing Monologues and Audition Techniques

Practical Lighting Skills

When: Wednesday 10 May, 4 – 6pm
Where: RCS, Wallace Studios
When: Thursday 18 May, 4 – 6pm
Where: All Saints Secondary School
Led by: Liz Carruthers, Director

Find out what a typical drama school audition process looks like from Liz Carruthers, who sits regularly on audition panels for the RCS, both in Scotland and internationally. Discover how you can best prepare your pupils or students, including choosing and working on suitable monologues, responding well to re-direction in the audition and being best prepared for the interview.  Liz will also discuss managing auditionee expectations and having a good plan B if not successful the first time, which is very common! 

Led by: Christoph Wagner, Lecturer in Lighting RCS 

Explore what makes an effective lighting design and how to achieve this with equipment typically found in a secondary school drama studio. This hands-on session will also look at how to use lights and equipment correctly. Using short scenes as stimulus, we’ll consider how to light key moments and document this with plans, notes and cue sheets. With lots of opportunities for questions, to troubleshoot challenges with teaching lighting in school, and sharing solutions.

‘Super helpful and I have lots of ideas to take back to school! Thank you’ 

‘Really inspiring and enjoyable – I wish we had more opportunities like this’

 Contact Us 

If you have any questions or queries, get in touch with the team on:

CPP Open Workshop (RCS)

 Contemporary Performance Practice 

 Open Workshop 

Saturday 29 April, 12 – 2pm at RCS

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The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland invites you to a creative, playful workshop to get a taste of Contemporary Performance Practice in action! If you’re interested in drama, performance, movement, dance, choreography or community arts, this session is for you.
The workshop is supported by Scottish Youth Theatre, a young theatre makers’ development organisation.
At RCS, Contemporary Performance Practice brings together performance-makers, educators, advocates and active citizens who challenge norms, break down barriers and aspire to transform the world around them.

It’s a programme for the curious and creative, who want to become collaborative and socially engaged artists. Scottish Youth Theatre supports young artists to reach their full creative potential and aspire to courses like Contemporary Performance Practice. Join us to find out more! 

Event Details

Date: Saturday 29 April
Time: 12 – 2pm
Where: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew St, Glasgow G2 3DB
Who: Anyone aged 15+ with no upper age limit

Get in Touch

If you have any questions or queries about this event, please get in touch with the team at:

BEd Music Bridging Programme 2023

 So You Want To Be A Music Teacher? 

Join our BEd Music Bringing Programme, starting this September!

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Are you interested in studying music teaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland? This Fair Access BEd Bridging Programme here at RCS aims to enhance the educational context of music teaching and get you ready to apply.

The Bridging Programme is a great opportunity to:

  • explore the skills and qualities of a good teacher
  • learn about educational policy and the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE)
  • develop vocal leadership skills 
  • be offered optional activities such as piano accompaniment, music technology or composition
  • receive your music tuition from the RCS Junior Conservatoire

In addition, you’ll gain valuable experience before applying for the BEd and meet like-minded peers.

This free course is aimed at those aged 16+, who are either:

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Contact Us

If you would like to find out more or discuss any queries you may have, contact the team on:

Get Into: Production (Greenock)

 Get Into: Production Arts and Technology (Greenock) 

Open Day for 15+ and Twilight Tour for Teachers

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

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Think the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is just about acting and music? Think again! Come to the Beacon Arts Centre and find out about RCS’s Production Arts and Technology BA degrees, which lead to a wide range of careers.

Did you know that:

  • Woodwork can lead to a career in Set Construction
  • Art & Design can lead to working as a Scenic Artist or Prop Maker
  • Fashion and Textiles can lead to being a Costume Designer
  • Physics and Computing can lead to careers in Lighting, Sound and Theatre Technology

Find out the pathways from school and college to RCS. Explore our training, take part in taster workshops and meet our staff and students.

Twilight Tour for Teachers,
Lecturers, DYW
Beacon Arts Centre
Mon 16 Jan
4:30 – 6:30pm
Open Day for
those aged 15+
Beacon Arts Centre
Wed 1 Feb
9:30 – 2:30pm

Click here to visit the booking form to reserve your place

 Get In Touch 

If you have any questions or queries, email:

48 Hour Visual Storytelling Challenge (Greenock)

 48 Hour Visual Storytelling Challenge 

Saturday 28 Jan & Sunday 29 Jan, 10 – 4pm

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

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Join award-winning physical theatre and scenography company, Megahertz, for a fun and energetic crash course. It will cover DIY costume, character creation, physical storytelling, lighting, projection and site-specific devising.

Bring to life your very own Sci-Fi creature in response to the different spaces at the Beacon Arts Centre. You can also take part in a photoshoot to document your creations

“I love the alien in people, I love the wilderness… the lightning of the Other mind” – Alice Bradley Sheldon aka James Tiptree Jr, Author

If you love this quote, you’ll love this opportunity, so join us

Where: Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
When: Sat 28 Jan & Sun 29 Jan, 10am – 4pm
Who: For those aged 16-30
Cost: Free, you just need to book your place

Click here to visit the booking form to reserve your place

 Get In Touch 

If you have any questions or queries, email:

Exhibition of Photographs, Film and Sound by The Care Group

 Exhibition of Photographs, Film & Sound 

Monday 28 November, 6:30-7:30pm

John Swan Atrium at the Gordon Schools

Fair Access at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are super proud to have supported 8 young people, known as The Care Group at the Gordon Schools in Huntley, Aberdeenshire. They worked together over a three-month period with Graeme Roger (film and visual arts), Dave Martin (music production) and Ross Carbarns (DJ, performer, writer). Together they explored a range of artforms inspired by art gallery visits, beach walks and from spending time together as a group.

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Their work will be presented in a public exhibition, taking place at the John Swan Atrium at the Gordon Schools, Monday 28 November at 6:30-7:30pm. If you are in the area, why not pop your head into the exhibition – we think you’ll love it.

‘I want people to see me as artistic and be able to help other people with problems if they have any’ 

‘I want to be seen as a person, I would hope they like me and accept me for who I am’.

In partnership with Fair Access at RCS

Fair Access Go North!

 Fair Access Go North! 

Spooky Castles, Amazing Photographers,

Visual Performance and Production Arts

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A few weeks ago, some of our Fair Access team travelled by train to Aberdeenshire for a spooky Halloween visit to Slains Castle, said to be the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. We met with The Care Group from the Gordon Schools in Huntley on a windswept and wild photography, film and sound adventure. We’ve been partnering with Wildbird and The Care Group on a 3-month project and we’re heading back up to see their amazing exhibition later this month. Can’t wait!

While we were up North, we paid a visit to the Creative Team at Eden Court in Inverness. We’ve got plans afoot to work with Eden Court to support Deaf learners at the theatre and beyond.  We’re heading up the road with a team from our BA Performance crew who will deliver Visual Performance sessions in British Sign Language and English at Dingwall Academy and also at Eden Court where they deliver a whole host of performing arts SQA Drama programmes.  We’ll be at Dingwall Academy on 2 December and Eden Court 3 December.

We are also working in partnership with Eden Court to develop and deliver hands-on activity for young people and their teachers interested in exploring the Production Arts. You can find out more about RCS Production Arts degree programmes on the RCS website

A mighty thank you to Aberdeenshire, Highland and Ross-shire for being so welcoming! Watch this space to find out more about our Northerly activity over the coming year.

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Have You Seen Them?

 Fair Access Ambassadors 

In Schools and at Local Events

Our newly recruited Fair Access Ambassadors for 2022/23 have been busy over the past few months attending events and speaking to school groups. They’ve been letting everyone know about Fair Access here at RCS alongside talking to pupils, parents, and carers about the different options for studying and careers in the performing and production arts.

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Nikyla and Tayor at Inverclyde Academy Drama Club


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Livia at Garnock Community Campus Higher Media Class


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Dayton at Rosshall Careers Fair

Alongside attending events at Inverclyde Academy, Auchenharvie Academy, Garnock Community Campus and Rosshall Careers Fair, they have events upcoming across the country. If you see any of our Fair Access Ambassadors out and about, be sure to say hello!!

 Get In Touch 

If you’d like to find out more about our Fair Access Ambassador Programme, email: