Duisburg University English Theatre (DUET)
The year-round weekly drama workshop is held by two of us (as trained in Ireland with the Amateur Drama League). Our participants are students, ex-students, and a couple of freelance actors. For all of them, the drama workshop is a language class and rehearsals are an English-language spare time activity. Some have years of experience acting in our plays. Quite a few are absolute beginners from various countries of origin studying technical and other subjects at Duisburg-Essen university. We are always a blend of experienced participants and absolute newcomers, so our workshop has to deal with the needs of both at the same time. People of all nationalities are welcome.
What do we do?
To start with, we do theatre games and exercises that will allow both complete beginners and more experienced members to practise, experiment, and have fun together. This involves silent games, improvised situations, physical exercise (of the easy kind) - and playing around!
Our summer term work is a weekly drama workshop. We read scenes from various plays and practise different forms of dramatic expression. Sometimes we rehearse short items for a specific purpose. We also experiment with subjects and scenes for the next production.
In the winter term we rehearse a play to be performed in January or February, so after some inrtroductory work we apply for a licence to perform the new play, then we cast the parts and start rehearsing.
What can you do?
If you speak and understand English fluently and enjoy using it, you are welcome to play a part in our winter term production. But if you don’t want to act, or your English is not fluent enough for the stage, you can learn to do the lights, help with the sound effects, design a poster, help with the set construction, make-up, costume and props, and give technical, computer-based and general assistance. So why not join in the fun and excitement - for this term or for as long as you like!
Bring along: Yourself and a good sense of humour! You will need comfortable clothing: we do games and exercises that involve sitting or lying on the floor and some hopping about.
About us: We are students and ex-students; some are native speakers of English. Some of us are in the middle of their exams, others are complete newcomers looking for challenges. We usually start at zero every term. Anyone interested in taking part should check out our homepage and contact us by e-mail (see below) – we’ll be happy to meet you.
Our contact at the university is Alan Webb (Campus Essen, R11 T04 C02, 0201/183-3274). But you can also just show up at the workshop and see whether you like it.
Check our homepage for starting dates, current events and previous productions.
We are an amateur theatre group open to students of all faculties, ex-students and others. All our work is done in the English language. Our aim is to practise English, explore drama, offer social contact and contribute to the cultural face of the university.