Acting the text: classic and contemporary

Course Dates: 10/06/22 - 15/07/22
Time: 13:30 - 15:30
Location: Online
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Acting the Text is an online course in which we will explore two linked plays from different periods of history – a classic text, and a modern script that was inspired by it. This term, we will read and rehearse scenes from a pair of completely different plays with the same title: Yerma by Federico Garcia Lorca (1934) and Yerma by Simon Stone (2016).
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00

Course Code: DRF009

Fri, day, 10 Jun - 15 Jul '22

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Or call to enrol:020 7831 7831

Any questions? drama@citylit.ac.uk
or call 020 7492 2542

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What is the course about?

Enjoy rehearsing scenes in different styles, developing text analysis skills and finding acting clues through detailed focus on the contrasting language of the two scripts. We will examine the historical context of the plays, the shared themes and differences in style and genre, focusing at how these elements influence our acting choices.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Text analysis of scenes from classic and contemporary plays;
• Finding acting clues in the language and punctuation of contrasting scripts;
• Exploring the shared themes of two plays, differences and similarities between them;
• Exploring how style, period and genre can influence our acting choices.

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 the language of a scene and find acting clues in the writing;
• Make acting choices appropriate to particular styles and genres;
• Read a scene clearly and confidently with expression and commitment.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No prior knowledge is required to participate in this class. All are welcome!
• 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?

Your tutor will use a variety of techniques that may involve group, pair and some individual work.
Homework will be optional; students may wish to spend time learning lines and reading the complete playtexts.


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?

Scene extracts will be provided on Google Classroom. Students may wish to purchase copies of complete scripts for further reading.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Enrol onto the next acting online course in the series. Your tutor will advise you. For more information search by the course codes to see the outlines on our website or contact drama@citylit.ac.uk to discuss what is the right level of course for you.

Laura Baggaley

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.