Drama Workshop in Siracusa for 40+

15 – 22 September 2019

University drama tutor and practitioner Hilary Thomson invites you to a fabulous week of drama exploration in the stunningly beautiful location of Syracuse (think Venice without the canals!) at the EXEDRA Mediterranean Center. In an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere, you will be able to observe the classical Italian surroundings of this beautiful and romantic city and then bring it to life in the drama workshops.

Don’t wait to apply – places are limited and the deadline for application is June 30th 2019.

Palazzo Francica Nava
Open to All
Team Taught
Summer 2019
Where better to study drama than in Siracusa, home to one of the great Greek theatres?

If you are a keen actor or just curious to try something new, this is the perfect course for you.

This unique course has been specifically designed to give you a chance to explore the acting process through voice, improvisation, script work, character building and theatre devising. We will take our lead from this historic town rich in churches, palaces and squares, and discover the essence of Siracusa, its people, culture, history and traditions. This week will be a feast for the senses, as we soak up the atmosphere and immerse ourselves in Italian culture and Sicilian life around us.

  • Adults with no drama experience
  • 40+ keen to try something new and different
  • Non-professional actors


Hilary Thomson, teaches drama at UEA and Theatre Royal, Norwich, UK




Sara Cilea, graduated in Drama from UEA in 2018

Salvo Canto, trained at the Piccola Accademia Teatro Giovani in Siracusa

Lessons will be held from Monday 16th – Saturday 21st September 2019 every morning and with two sunset sessions.

During their free time, participants will have an opportunity to experience Italian culture as well as enjoying the local cuisine and lifestyle. Exedra Mediterranean Center will organise optional guided tours of the most famous sites of Siracusa on request.

The lessons will be held in English at Palazzo Francica Nava, home to the Exedra Associazione Culturale, via S. Landolina 5, Siracusa, at the heart of beautiful Ortigia. This gothic palazzo, rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake in baroque style, has large rooms for classes and workshops, a small library and wifi in all teaching areas.

Students will be housed in B&Bs within walking distance of the center in historic houses, with shared rooms with en-suite bathrooms, and wifi.


Entry requirements

Sense of fun and adventure

Hilary Thomson

Hilary is a creative arts practitioner, social and educational program designer, fostering sustainable, healthy and vibrant communities and workplaces. ‘‘I am interested in people. I work with individuals and companies to find their story’’. She has over 25 years professional experience as an actor, director, teacher, university tutor, project manager and personal development trainer. She successfully combines creativity with people development, in the voluntary, business and education sector.

People are encouraged to think for themselves and make choices, they are encouraged to experimented in order to find the best way of doing things.

Creativity challenges our perceptions, it gives us a chance to look at things from a different angle, and engage a different point of view.

How do I achieve this?
• By working in 3 dimensions to practice changing patterns and outcomes
• By using the empty space
• By finding the story that needs to be told.

These are the foundations from which we grow.

Deadline for Application

Deadline for application 30th June 2019
See course description for details of enrollment and payment.

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