Barbican and RSC offer organisers a wider stage

Conference and event organisers at The Barbican, in London, are to be offered extra presentation training and rehearsal time as part of their venue booking deal. 

The sessions include the expertise of a voice and presentation coach from the Barbican’s in house team as well as time in the actual meeting room booked for their event.

The new service will provide speakers and presenters with a chance to visit the Barbican in advance of their event, learn more about the space in which they will be speaking and practice their presentation in front of an expert, whowill be able to advise on delivery style and technique.

Barbican GM Anthony Hyde says: “The main meeting spaces here at the Barbican accommodate 2,000 and 1,100 people. For the unprepared they are huge spaces and quite daunting. Taking the time to rehearse in advance, in the actual space where they are due to perform, can make a significant difference to a speaker and therefore the presentation.

“As companies seek more return from individual events it is vital that they maximise the impact of each and every presentation. Practice and rehearsals achieve this by ensuring key messages are delivered in an effective and impactful way.”

Barbican is Europe’s largest combined conference and arts venue.

And, still treading the boards, The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is offering couples the opportunity to take centre stage on their special day in the dramatic surroundings of the Company’s home in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Fully licensed for marriage ceremonies and civil partnerships, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre has a capacity of over 1,000 and also offers a more intimate atmosphere for ceremonies at its Swan Theatre which holds 400 people.

‘Star-crossed lovers’ can take their vows 100 feet high and enjoy the views from the top of the iconic theatre Tower, which offers a breathtaking panorama of Shakespeare’s town and the surrounding countryside. 

The RSC offers eight other licensed spaces, ranging from rehearsal studios to reading rooms.  

The RSC’s home in Stratford-Upon-Avon was transformed in 2010 and has since accommodated event clients ranging from BMW and Jaguar Land Rover to a local school putting on a prize giving day for its pupils.

RSC Head of Theatre Operations Liz Wainwright, says: “The RSC is a creative and inspiring space and there is a heart and soul to our building and our business which makes it a great venue for a special occasion.”

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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