Time: 18:15 - 21:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DRA032
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course is designed to broaden and develop your skills when working with heightened language and to provide an opportunity to develop character and scene work to performance standard.
We will use a range of exercises that will explore and unlock the text as we identify and use the clues and devices that Shakespeare has built into the text to inform decisions about character.
Rehearsal will involve the exploration and preparation of both a duologue and a short monologue ready for performance in the final session.
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?
• Verse and prose form
• Text and scene analysis for clues to performance
• A range of exercises that will explore and unlock the text
• Scene rehearsal
• Performance on Zoom to an invited audience
Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that
some students may find challenging.
Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Analyse a Shakespearean scene or speech for clues to your performance
• Develop a given character physically with confidence
• Work with a scene partner to build a dynamic collaborative performance
• Perform a scene from Shakespeare with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a practical class. Commitment and focus are needed. These classes are for students who have some prior experience of acting.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen and respond to instructions and feedback
• Communicate clearly in discussion and drama practice
• Read and respond to a variety of text
• Give and receive constructive feedback
• Take notes
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In pairs, groups and individually.
You will need to prepare work and learn lines outside of the sessions.
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.
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?
Comfortable clothing should be worn.
You will be provided with a copy of the texts.
You may wish to read more extensively outside of class studying further texts to support your learning in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in other courses with a performance element:
DPP056 Acting: scenes to performance
DRA142 City Lit Theatre Company
Ask your tutor for advice about other suitable courses, or email the Drama Department
You may also be interested in joining the Level 3 Acting diploma in September 2021. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
Laura is an experienced theatre director, teacher and writer and has taught at City Lit since 2011. Laura has worked at a wide range of venues including the National Theatre, the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park, Birmingham Rep, the Cambridge Arts Theatre, and Southwark Playhouse. She loves all types of plays, from new writing and devised theatre to Shakespeare and works in translation, and enjoys bringing scenes and characters to life with students in her classes. Laura studied English Literature as an undergraduate at Oxford University and went on to take an MA in Text and Performance Studies at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She splits her time between teaching, writing, environmental work and directing theatre productions.
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.