Acting for radio: beginners
Time: 14:15 - 16:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DMB001
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Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Explore acting and performing for radio, working on scenes, sound effects, monologues, commercials, voiceovers and all kinds of microphone techniques, in a supportive but professional environment. Become aware of the many techniques actors need for successful radio and sound work. This course will be online.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Working on microphone technique by means of recording students in a variety of dramatic scenes, commercials and other voice over material.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Be at ease in front of a microphone.
Have an ability to communicate with the listener.
Have an appreciation of the different skills needed in each area of sound work.
You will hear a difference in the quality of your recorded performances by the end of the course.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have some beginners' acting experience.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Speak English fluently and clearly.
• To read a script accurately.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Take notes.
If you are new to voice classes please take a moment to read our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) before choosing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
By recording, playing back and discussing students' work.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. Recorded material MAY be made available via Google Classroom at the end of the course in accordance with our privacy policies and data protection regulations.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Acting for Radio Improvers; Radio Presenting; Using your voice for audio books
Please refer to our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) as you consider which area you would like to study next.
David is an actor and playwright who has specialised in radio.He has written five plays broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and acted in more than 400 others, including the pilot episode of "The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and comedy shows with David Jason,Roy Hudd, Kenneth Williams and the "Dad's Army" cast. On television he has played the iconic role of Davros in "Dr Who" and Simpkins, the pathologist, in "A Touch of Frost." Three of his plays have been performed in London's West End, including his adaptation of "The Wind in the Willows," which has twice broken box office records. David has been teaching radio technique for 30 years, at the Guildford School of Acting and, since 2001, at City Lit. He currently teaches Acting for radio: beginners and improvers, and in November he is launching a new course, Acting for radio: advanced (DMA001).
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.