Noh Training Project UK is dedicated to providing accessible practical training in classical Japanese Noh drama.

Our primary focus is an annual intensive summer workshop open to performers, teachers, students, musicians – anyone with a desire to learn more about this unique example of Total Theatre. We founded Noh Training Project UK in 2011 to give people in Europe the opportunity to access Noh’s rich traditions and unique training practices.

Noh What?

Noh is a multi-disciplinary art form that combines dance, chant, music, mask, costumes and ancient stories in a powerful and stately performance. Developed by the Japanese philosopher and dramatist Zeami over 600 years ago, Noh is the oldest continually performed theatre in the world today. Other forms such as Kabuki (which was influenced by Noh) are better known in the West, but Noh remains the most regularly performed of the traditional theatre arts in Japan, with a growing following of enthusiasts across the world.

INSPIRATIONS

The intense stillness of the Noh form allows it to isolate profound moments of beauty and inner transformation, using a unique combination of dramatic and musical elements.

Noh has inspired and influenced western artists including Britten, Yeats, Grotowski, Barba and Brook.

Today, it continues to inform the work of a range of contemporary practitioners.

READ MORE

The Noh.com
A huge site full of information on Noh, in Japanese and (rather oddly translated) English.
Theatre Nohgaku Blog
Regular posts about different aspects of Noh, great photos and narrative summaries of plays
Noh and Kyogen (Japan Arts Council)
Short introductions to the Japanese traditional arts, in Japanese and English
My Journey into Noh Theatre
Lively opinions and Noh analysis from Kyoto-based Noh scholar and performer Diego Pellechia.

Summer Intensive 2024 - New Workshops Added!

Noh Training Project UK (NTP UK) is a unique summer workshop held at Royal Holloway, University of London, which offers intensive performance-based training in the dance, chant, music and performance history of classical Japanese Noh drama. We are delighted that Noh Training Project UK Masterclass teacher Akira Matsui, designated Intangible Cultural Asset by the Japanese government in 1998, will return to teach our performance workshop once again.

This year, we are delighted to offer two additional workshops, in Mask Making (23-28 August) led by Hideta Kitazawa and Noh Writing (17-19 September) led by Richard Emmert, which will run separately from the performance workshop.

Performance Workshop

Open to anyone with an interest in Noh, from complete beginners to those with more experience. All classes will be conducted in (or translated into) English. Participants will receive up to 13 days of intensive practical training and the opportunity to participate in an end-of-workshop recital, along with a range of learning materials (printed and , guided Noh film screenings, and access to the facilities and Noh book collections at Royal Holloway's Drama department.

Participation Options

Full Workshop: 24 August-6 September
Classes will run every weekday including the bank holiday, culminating in a participant recital on the final afternoon.
Tuition Fee: £700

Weekend Taster: 24-25 August
The first weekend can be taken alone as a beginners’ introduction.
Tuition Fee: £260

1-Week Intensive: 24-30 August
A more in-depth beginners course will run for a week.
Tuition Fee: £550

Experienced/Returning Participants may choose to join the Full Workshop from Monday 26 August, or other dates by prior arrangement.

Location

Department of Drama, Theatre, & Dance at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Tuition

Prof. Richard Emmert, a certified Kita School Noh instructor and founder of Noh Training Projects in Japan and the USA. Noh master Akira Matsui will lead masterclasses during the Project’s final week.

Extras

Accommodation is not included in Tuition fee. University Halls rooms bookable separately.

Rehearsal Equipment: Participants must buy (or borrow) a noh rehearsal fan, and white tabi (or white socks) for use during the workshop.

Mask Workshop

Open to anyone with an interest in Noh, masks, or woodcarving, complete beginners welcome. All teaching will be conducted in (or translated into) English, so no Japanese language skills are necessary. Participants will be guided through the process of carving their own Noh mask over 6 intensive days in the workshop, and will have access to the facilities and Noh book collections at Royal Holloway's Drama department.

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Dates

Friday 23 August – Wednesday 28 August

Tuition

Hideta Kitazawa, Noh mask artisan.
Tuition Fee: £550

Location

Department of Drama, Theatre, & Dance at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Extras

Accommodation is not included in Tuition fee. University Halls rooms bookable separately.

Noh Writing Workshop

Open to anyone with an interest in Noh or writing for performance. All teaching will be conducted in English. Participants will be guided through the elements, style and process of creating a Noh text, at Royal Holloway's location in the heart of Bloomsbury, central London.

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Dates

17-19 September

Tuition

Richard Emmert, Noh teacher, writer and composer.
Tuition Fee: £260

Location

Royal Holloway’s Central London base, 11 Bedford Square WC1B at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Extras

Accommodation is not included in Tuition fee and should be booked separately.

With the help of Japanese plays . . . I have invented a form of drama, distinguished, indirect and, symbolic, and having no need of mob or press to pay its way – an aristocratic form.

W.B Yeats 1916

UoL Noh Practice Group

Between periods of professional teaching on the summer workshop, we run a Noh Society practice group in association with two colleges of the University of London: Royal Holloway and the School of Oriental and African Studies. The main purpose of the Society is to give anyone with an interest the opportunity to learn about Noh, and for NTPUK summer school participants to continue to practice and consolidate what they have learnt.

For further information, email Dr Ashley Thorpe (ashley.thorpe@rhul.ac.uk). For regular updates, join the NTP UK Mailing List.

Team and Sponsors

Dr Ashley Thorpe is NTP UK’s Co-founder and Programme Director. He is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway (University of London), where he specialises in East Asian and British East Asian Theatre.
Prof Richard Emmert is NTP UK’s Co-founder and Artistic Director. He is one of only a handful of non-Japanese Noh experts fully qualified to teach Noh in Japan (where he has lived since 1974) and abroad. As well as performing and teaching Noh all over the world, he is also a Professor of Music and Theatre at Musashino University in Tokyo.  
Laura Sampson former producer of NTP UK, now helps out where she can alongside her work as a performance storyteller and writer.
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The Japanese Noh theatre which, owing to the technical ability it demands, might also be described as a super-profession

Grotowski

Contact

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