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New Era Academy would like to invite you to attend one of its most interesting Professional Development Days to date. Being hosted at the The George Inn - London’s Only Surviving Galleried Coaching Inn.

The programme for the day includes a Buffet Lunch and Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe.

The George Inn, is a public house established in the medieval period on Borough High Street in Southwark, London. Currently owned and leased by the National Trust, it is located about 250 m from the south side of the River Thames near London Bridge. It is by far the oldest pub in London. It is also notable as the only surviving galleried London coaching inn.

It is known that galleried inns were used for Elizabethan theatrical productions (Inn-yard theatre). It is thought that the Players were on a dais in the courtyard with the standing audience next to them and that those paying a premium would be in the galleries with a better view. The George was one of the many famous coaching inns in the days of Charles Dickens. Dickens in fact visited the George and referred to it in Little Dorrit.

Shelagh O’Brien, Chief Examiner writes

“I am committed to providing the highest quality professional development for teachers and examiners, and it is in this context that I would like to encourage each of you to attend this day. It is important that we take every opportunity to continue with our professional development so that we can offer the very best teaching and learning experience to our students.

The day promises an opportunity to develop our teaching skills, observe young performers, discuss their achievement and engage in professional networking.

The Programme for the Day

10:00 am - The George Inn - Room Open for Bag Drop-Off (if needed)

10:15 am - Meet at The Globe Theatre (a short walk away from The George Inn)

10:30 am - Tour of The Globe Theatre and Opportunity to view the Exhibition. “Shakespeare’s Globe”, Southwark

Experts will guide you on a fascinating tour of the iconic Globe Theatre, bringing the space to life with colourful stories of the 1599 Globe, of the reconstruction process in the 1990s, and of how the ‘wooden O’ works today as an imaginative and experimental theatrical space.

The Globe was at the centre of what was once London's most notorious entertainment district, surrounded by raucous taverns and bawdy-houses, one of which being The George Inn, Southwark.

11:45 am – The George Inn - Open for Attendees .

Once you have finished your tour of The Globe, The George Inn will be open and you are welcome to make your way back and get settled for the afternoon's sessions. There may be a short opportunity to network with other teachers in an informal way and to introduce yourself to like-minded professionals.

12.30 pm - Buffet Lunch provided by The George (prompt start)

1.15 pm - Launch of New Diplomas to include:

As delegates finish their lunch Shelagh O’Brien and Miranda Jacobs will take the opportunity of launching the new and revised LNEA and ANEA diplomas.

Revised LNEA Speech and Drama

Revised LNEA Public Speaking

New ANEA Speech and Drama (Level 4)

New ANEA Public Speaking (Level 4)

2:00 pm – Performance Showcase

Featuring students performing extracts from Poetry, Prose and Drama followed by discussions

2:45 pm - From Page to Stage

An Active Learning Workshop – facilitated by Tina Doyle

4:00 pm CLOSE

Book your place now, all bookings need to be made by 26 May 2017, ticket includes:

Professional Development Day

Buffet Lunch at The George Inn

Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe and Exhibition - £50.00

Please book as early as possible so that we can secure group bookings for The Globe Theatre and The George Inn.

Please note if you book through Eventbrite, if the day is cancelled you will automatically receive a refund.

Alternative payment can be made directly with the office by Cheque or Bacs. If you would prefer to book through this method please phone the Examinations Team on 01903 246790.

A Little More History and Interest

You many find interesting the beer writer Pete Brown explores the history of the George Inn pub in his book Shakespeare's Local and provides a lot of information about the pub and the surrounding area.

The first map of Southwark (Duchy of Lancaster ca1543) clearly shows it marked as 'Gorge'. It was formerly known as the George and Dragon, named after the legend of Saint George and the Dragon. There were many such inns in this part of London. In 1677 the George was rebuilt after a serious fire that destroyed most of medieval Southwark.

The George Inn is partly timber framed. The ground floor is divided into a number of connected bars. The Parliament Bar used to be a waiting room for passengers on coaches. The Middle Bar was the Coffee Room, which was frequented by Charles Dickens. The bedrooms, now a restaurant, were upstairs in the galleried part of the building.

It is one of only two coaching inns to survive in Greater London, and is the only galleried example. The White Hart is immediately to the north, and the site of The Tabard immediately to the south (now Talbot Yard). The building is Grade I listed, and is listed in CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

lt represents the first places that actors appeared before the first built theatres. The galleries such as in the old coaching inns were incorporated in the Globe theatre copying these galleries that modern theatres still possess. At the base of the stage, there was an area called the pit, harking back to the old inn-yards like the Gorge Inn yard, where, for a penny, the people; the groundlings would stand on the rush-strewn earthen floor to watch the performance. The pit todays is used to describe the stalls.

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