COURSES FOR THOSE STARTING OUT OR RETURNING TO ACTING
You really want that place at drama school. You’ve applied and they want a modern and a classical speech. You haven’t got a clue about modern plays and to be frank the classical text is like another language.
Damn!!! I know exactly how you feel. I’ve been there.
Fortunately for me a friend of my Fathers was an actor and he showed me the ropes. He even listened to the speeches and guided me on what seemed right and wrong to him. I got in. So can you. Let me be your actor. Go 121 with me? I will be your objective eye, helping you make clear simple choices with the scene or speech. They don’t want a polished performance, but they do want clarity. They want someone with the confidence and ease to give them a hint of what they are capable of. They want to see the potential you have. We can arrange a meet or we can go remote with Skype or Facetime. Get in touch.
ONE TO ONE
SKYPE WORKSHOPS AND AUDITION PREPARATION SESSIONS
WEEKEND WORKSHOP FOR BEGINNERS
STARTING OUTWe will be using bold, creative exercises to help us answer one of the fundamental questions an actor has to ask as a character. Who am I? The first thing we will be doing is connecting to the child. The child is the heart of creativity, playfulness and expression. How can I bond with this aspect of myself? Through a series of visualizations and exercises, the student will find the courage to tap in to and harness the power of their Golden Child. They will learn to have faith in expressiveness and allow their fantastic emotional lives to radiate and represent the character they are playing.
An important question for the actor when approaching character is Who Am I. We will investigate what character is and how they differ from the student’s profile. By doing a series of exercises they will be able to find the crossroad between themselves and the character. We will visualize the physical body of the Person to bring them closer to us and set up landscapes to explore their Person qualities.
At end of the first workshop the student will have a clearer understanding of what character is. They will be able to build and refine these portraits. She will be inspired by the art of characterization and confident in entering the next phase of this experience: text.
CHARACTERActing is like music. It is full of rhythm and flow. There is no pause in its fluidity. We need to find the living space in the silence of the scene to make it powerful. We will look at the mechanics of playing a scene called the Means. How do we break the text down so it is coherent and clear? How do we embrace the subtext of a scene? Can you scold like hot water, or threaten like a storm? What is the pitch of what I am doing and why am I doing it? With exercises we will get to grips with this important aspect of the work.
After the Means exercises we will turn our attention to text. The students will be paired up to explore an exciting piece of text from a film or play. They will implement all the tools we have explored to a scene study rehearsal
The second workshop will inspire the student to explore scene work. With the tools I have given them they will be able to decipher the scene’s meaning and bring truth to the text. This new knowledge will allow their own interpretation of the scene to live in the words they have been given.
Together the two workshops will make the student ready and able to compete for that place at Drama School or audition for that dream part. They will realise their creative potential and have begun the journey in accessing it. The dream of becoming an actor will now be something they can achieve.