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Student conferences

Student conferences are large-scale events based on a National Theatre production. Designed for GCSE and A-Levels, they feature talks and masterclasses with members of the company and creative team. Sessions include exploration of the play text and the process of bringing the production to the stage.

We design conferences to prepare students for their English Literature and Drama exams. They take place at the National Theatre. Any school or college can apply for tickets to our student conferences.

If you’d like to get in touch with our Secondary team, please email us below. We’d love to hear from you!

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Past conferences

Live theatre review student conference with Gecko

This conference, in January 2024, was designed to support students with this component of the GCSE and A-level specifications.

The day featured a masterclass from critically acclaimed theatre critic Lyn Gardner, as well as talks and interactive workshops with the company, exploring their devising methodology and creative process.

This was followed by the schools performance of Kin and an exclusive schools-focused post show Q&A with Artistic Director Amit Lahav and members of the Gecko team.

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Photo by Mark Sepple

What participants say:

This was a truly informative and interesting experience. I particularly enjoyed Lyn Gardner’s talk and the workshop!

– Student, Live theatre review student conference 2024 attendee

Being able to hear from the Gecko company directly and then see a Gecko production – this was brilliant for the students in shaping their experience of the piece. Also, just having a full day dedicated to ‘Theatre’ was just such a joy.

– Teacher, Live theatre review student conference 2024 attendee

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The conference was designed to provide an insight into The National Theatre’s recent production of Othello, directed by Clint Dyer in January 2023.

The Crucible - the heads and shoulders of five young women in a circle, looking down with an overcast sky above

The Crucible

The National Theatre welcomed schools back for a sold-out student conference for The Crucible in October 2022.

Three Sisters

The National Theatre’s student conference on Inua Ellams’ adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters took place in January 2020.

Antony & Cleopatra

The National Theatre’s student conference on Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra took place in January 2019.

Our funders

The Mohn Westlake Foundation supports nationwide Learning programmes for young people.

Young People’s Programmes are supported by Bank of America, The Maurice Hatter Foundation and the Richard Radcliffe Trust. With thanks to the MAP Fund.

Nationwide learning is supported by Buffini Chao Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation, Tim & Sarah Bunting, MFPA Trust Fund for the Training of Disabled Children in the Arts, Behrens Foundation, Cleopatra Trust and The Andor Charitable Trust.

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Contact us

Katy McEntee
Senior Coordinator, Schools Engagement

Jess Martins
Coordinator, Schools Engagement

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Live theatre review student conference 2024 photos © Emma Hare

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