2021 Summer workshop
August 9th - August 20th

Learn clowning, puppetry and physical theatre skills

The Ramayana


The story...

The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic which follows Prince Rama's quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana and his fiendish army.

Using Image Theatre techniques participants will stage a new adaptation of the classic Rama and Sita story.  Our audience will be shown a forest where they will meet a magical deer, a band of brave monkeys and many other spirits. They will follow our heroes over mountainous terrain, through caves and across rivers and marvel at how they rescue Sita despite the odds.

Up your confidence & skill set

Experience being part of a drama company and gain communication and performance skills taught by a highly experienced and passionate coaching team and drama agency! We are intentionally limiting places to just 16 so we can work with each young person individually.


For all youngsters between the ages of 13-18. New faces are always welcome! PLACES ARE STRICTLY LIMITED! Unplug your teen from technology for a week or two and get them creating with others.

No need to invest further

Just bring your own pack-up and drinks.

Friday Public performances

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York. For immediate family tickets are included FREE. Wider family members and friends, please kindly pay through the theatre.

Monday-Friday 10am-4pm

We're supporting the working brigade of parents who we all know are the real heroes in every young person's story. As a working parent if it helps to drop off at 9.30 am and pick up at 4.30 pm from day to day this will be fine.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York

Get real theatre experience! Haxby Rd, York YO31 8TA

Risk Assessment in place

Risk assessment in place in line with Government Guidelines re: COVID-19. All our staff are CRB checked.

NB. We will be adhering to social distancing throughout.

Places are strictly limited and are going fast! Book now!

Two Entire weeks of legendary drama for just £495* (usually £550)

For 11-18 years
Single week attendance possible at £275/week
Places strictly limited to 15

"This is going to be great! My team will be providing longer sessions. The sessions will start from 10 am to 4 pm however once again as a working parent if it helps to drop off at 9.30 am and pick up at 4.30 pm from day to day this will be fine.
Frances Simon Nurture Talent
Frances Simon | frances@www.francessimon.com

* Type “BUNDLE” as the checkout voucher code when you book for 2 weeks to save £55. 

Work with industry professionals

Our actors will spend a week working as an ensemble to devise and rehearse the play and be given opportunities to learn and develop clowning, puppetry and physical theatre skills.

Frances Simon BA (Hons) Acting, PG-Cert Chaplaincy, Director

Frances began her training at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Following her time there she embarked on a 3-year rigorous drama training at the Webber Douglas Academy in London. Frances Qualified with the Acting Academy Diploma with Distinction. On completing her diploma, Frances attended the Arts Educational School and received a 2:1 BA Honours in Acting. Professional work after training included featuring in BBC Drama series Casualty, BBC Final Demand and in regional theatre. A National Theatre tour brought her to York, and it was at this point, early on in her career, that she realised raising her daughter was the most important role for her and hung up her professional acting hat. Frances is now an established teacher of the internationally recognised LAMDA exams whose young people receive enviably outstanding results in the exam centres she leads. She is founder of Nurture Talent and uses her pastoral skills to nurture talent in York and beyond.

John Leary BA (Hons), PGCE

On completion of his degree in Drama (Bretton Hall College, 2.1) John moved to London where he was an actor for ten years. His acting credits include two seasons at the National Theatre, numerous mid-scale theatre tours and a year as a central character in 'Emmerdale' (58 episodes). In 2002 he took a career change and trained to be a teacher of Drama. He has worked as Head of Department in schools for 20 years and is currently working in a school in York. He has directed many school productions, including several which he has adapted himself from European folk tales. Following the success of last year's summer school John is looking forward to returning once again and leading this years production of Ramayana.

Performing at Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York