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Manchester Student TaPS 2017

October 12 - October 14, 2017

Booking Closed

Join us for Manchester TaPS, a unique 3-day workshop specifically for students of DP Theatre.


We will be offering the student Lit&Perf at this event as well as the regular Theatre ensembles.
There is also IB DP Theatre training at this event.
To register for ISTA/IB training please head to the relevant webpage.


Students will take part in two 90 minute master classes.
One MC will be delivered by Matt Lynch on Lecoq.
One MC will be delivered by Natalie Diddams on Actioning. A performance technique popularised by Max Stafford-Clark.
Teachers are invited to take part in two 90 minute PD sessions with the MC leaders at no extra cost.


All participants will attend two professional theatre performances. .
Our Town at the Royal Exchange Theatre. A bona fide American classic, Our Town tells the story of Emily and George, two unremarkable teenagers growing up in a small New Hampshire town at the turn of the last century. You’re invited to eavesdrop on this tightly wound community as events unfold – both the apparently trivial and the deeply profound – across the course of a decade. Rich with detail and shot through with a distinctive mix of light and shade, Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning smalltown epic of human existence remains as theatrically fresh and as topical as ever: Our Town, but also, unmistakably, yours. Directed by Sarah Frankcom.
About Our Town
We Are Ian at Home. 1989. Manchester. The year that everything changed from black and white into crazy technicolour. A frenzy of drugs, beats and bucket hats. Illegal raves. Acid parties. Just jumping up and down in a field and throwing two fingers to Thatcher… Remember it? Ian does. So, we’re going back to 1989. We’re gonna get off our peanuts. We’re gonna bounce around like idiots. And Ian’s going to show us how. We’re mad ‘fer it. And you will be too. Let’s party. We Are Ian is about Ian, who was around in the late 80s and early 90s Acid House scene in Manchester. The show is made from recordings of real conversations and scored by tracks from the era.
About We Are Ian

ISTA event coordinator

Ian –

Important information

Booking is now open.
The registration window will open on Thursday 31st August 2017.
The registration window will close on Thursday 14th September 2017.
Travel forms from artists due by Thursday 14th September 2017.
A full information pack will be sent to all participants three weeks prior to the workshop.


Registration fee

Students from member schools – £290.00
Students from non-member schools – £325.00
Students from Global Patron schools – £261.00
Registration fees include all workshops, master classes and 2 x theatre performances.
ISTA t-shirt – £12.00.
Total cost per student
£302.00 (member schools); £337.00 (non-member schools); £273.00 (Global Patron schools).

Registration fee

£80.00 (cost for 2 x theatre tickets).
ISTA t-shirt – £12.00.
Total cost per teacher

All registration fees and surcharges will be invoiced once the registration window has closed.
A £500 deposit will be sent with the booking confirmation; this amount will be taken off your final invoice.

Travel & visas

Participants are advised to arrive into Manchester by evening on Wednesday 11th October 2017 and should not plan to leave the University until after the last session finishes at 3:00pm on Saturday.
Please arrange travel accordingly.
All participants should fly into Manchester.
Please note it is the responsibility of teachers and ISTA artists to ensure they have arranged their own visas, as required.


All participants are responsible for booking their own hotel accommodation in Manchester.
ISTA will be organising accommodation for the ISTA artists for the 11th, 12th and 13th October 2017.


No meals are provided as part of this TaPS.

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:


Starts on Thursday 12 October at 09:00
Finishes on Saturday 14 October at 15:00


The University of Salford
School of Arts and Media
New Adelphi Building,
M5 4WT


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