National Theatre at Paddington Central

 

We’re delighted to announce the launch of an incredible partnership between British Land and the National Theatre, which will see unique creative events and experiences taking place at Paddington Central over the coming year. Open to everyone in our neighbourhood, the events are designed to boost your workplace wellbeing, support your return to campus and encourage collaboration and creativity. 

We will be running monthly workshops led by creative experts, focusing on skills used by theatrical professionals in the rehearsal room and exploring how these can be applied to enhance the working day; from movement, posture, presence, to speech and language techniques. Separate theatre techniques sessions will demonstrate skills such as Special Effects and Prosthetics in Theatre, enabling attendees to ‘look behind the curtain’ and gain a unique creative insight into how the magic of theatre comes to life.

Running at a range of times throughout the day to accommodate your schedule, these sessions will be led by industry professionals while quarterly thought leadership panel discussions will take place at Paddington Central’s Storey (alongside our sister neighbourhoods Broadgate and Regent’s Place) and will centre around topical themes and issues impacting both the creative and corporate sectors, such as representation and inclusion and the re-enlivenment of corporate and cultural spaces following the pandemic.

All sessions will be available to book online or via the Paddington Central App. To find out what’s coming up, see the calendar below and book your place now to avoid disappointment.

 

Wellbeing workshops

Make a positive change to enhance your mental and physical wellbeing with the National Theatre. Every month an industry expert from the creative arts will share their tools and tactics with you in bitesize sessions. Explore intuitive movement with dance moves from famous theatre productions or improve your posture and vocal delivery to grow your confidence for presentations and meetings with techniques straight from the stage.​

Each workshop is 20 minutes long to fit into your morning routine or lunch break.

National Theatre Voice Workshop with Gurkiran Kaur

22 September - 8.15am – 8.35am, 12.15pm – 12.35pm and 1pm – 1.20pm

Storey Club, 4 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central

Enliven your day with National Theatre voice, accent and dialect coach and a Kundalini Yoga teacher Gurkiran Kaur, as she guides you to take a short meaningful break from your working day to focus on your voice. From mindful awareness, bridging your breath and body to celebrate your unique voice, you will be truly inspired and energised.

Book your place 

 

Movement workshop with National Theatre Choreographer, Jackie Kibuka

13 October -  8.15am – 8.35am, 12.15pm – 12.35pm and 1pm – 1.20pm

Storey Club, 4 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central

Join National Theatre Choreographer, Jackie Kibuka for a short, fun, movement session at Storey Club. This workshop will celebrate wellbeing and is guaranteed to boost your day with a focus on movement. No prior experience is needed, so just come along and enjoy. 

Book your place

 

Theatre techniques

Get a ‘behind the curtain’ insight into the backstage workings of the creative teams at the National Theatre. From initial sketchbook designs to final onstage products, these experts will guide you through their innovative process of transformation, showcasing how the magic of theatre comes to life.

Photography courtesy of Ellie Kurtz

National Theatre Wigs, Hair, Special Effects and Prosthetics Workshop 

19 October - 12:30 - 1:15pm

Storey Club, 4 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central

Discover the tricks of the trade and explore the inner workings of the Wigs, Hair and Make-Up department at the National Theatre. From initial designs to final products, these creative experts will guide you through their innovative process of transformation, showcasing some prosthetic skills, live.​

Book your place

 

About the National Theatre  

The National Theatre’s mission is to make world-class theatre, for everyone. The NT creates and shares unforgettable stories with audiences across the UK and around the world. On its own stages, on tour, in schools, on cinema screens and streaming at home, it strives to be accessible, inclusive and sustainable.  

The National Theatre empowers artists and craftspeople to make world-leading work, investing in talent and developing new productions with a wide range of theatre companies at its New Work Department.  

Our nation thrives on fresh talent and new ideas, so the National Theatre works with young people and teachers right across the UK through performance, writing and technical programmes to ignite the creativity of the next generation.  

Together with communities, the NT creates ambitious works of participatory theatre in deep partnerships that unite theatres and local organisations – showing that nothing brings us together like theatre.  

The National Theatre needs your support to shape a bright, creative future. For more information, please visit nationaltheatre.org.uk or @NationalTheatre.

 

Storey Club 

Established in 2017 by British Land, Storey creates and provides private flexible workspaces in inspiring locations, partnering with award-winning architects and designers. Storey has created a nimble and innovative alternative to the traditional leases for businesses that need their own private space with built-in flexibility, working with its customers’ growth plans and business strategy. 

Storey Club, established in 2019, offers British Land and Storey customers relaxed and inspiring lounge spaces, bookable meeting rooms and event space in two landmark locations. Storey Club in Paddington Central and Broadgate both offer state-of-art technology throughout the space, plus dedicated teams to support all your meeting and event needs. 

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