City Lit Theatre Company
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: Mixed Mode (Online and Onsite)
This course will be delivered online and onsite. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: DRA142
Duration: 16 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Following successful audition, you will join the ensemble company to rehearse and develop for performance in the John Lyon's Theatre, a brand new piece titled Red Flag Blue Beard. Under the guidance of a professional director, you will fully develop a play that explores dangerous relationships, coercive control, change and escape. You will use a range of techniques to devise the play, build character, develop relationships and scenes within the themes of the play and in context with the director’s vision for the whole piece.
Initial rehearsals will take place online and then move to our theatre in Keeley St, Covent Garden, where you will block the play and prepare for performance in front of an audience. The company is governed by professional values and you will be expected to work rigorously, meet all preparation deadlines and give your full commitment to every scheduled rehearsal session.
You will engage and need to work creatively and cooperatively with the technical students that support the show.
You will be required to take part in rehearsal and production shots which will be used for the purpose of marketing the show.
Auditions will be held online on Friday 4 June.
Rehearsals are Fridays 18.30–21.30 and Sundays 11.00–16.00 (18 June–18 July). Production week is 19–24 July; you will need to be available from 18:00 Monday to Friday and from 13:00 on Saturday for technical rehearsals and performances.
Performances are Thursday 22, Friday 23 at 19.30 and Saturday 24 July at 14:00. The play will be performed for a socially distanced ticketed audience (COVID conditions permitting). At least one performance will be simultaneously broadcast online.
This course will be delivered online and onsite, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.
What will we cover?
The process from initial rehearsals to performance including:
• Initial trust-building exercises to gain group coherence.
• Familiarisation with text and director's interpretation of plot in terms of themes and performance style.
• Research and Devising skills
• Improvisation to achieve further insight to text, plot and character.
• Developing appropriate character voice, movement and relationships.
• Blocking, full technical and dress rehearsals, performances.
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...
• Engage effectively with the process and structure, from first rehearsal to performance.
• Develop character within this process, contributing to a coherent production.
• Work creatively with the director and others to devise and develop scenes to enhance new work
• Demonstrate the director’s, writer’s and the collective concept through practical application of rehearsal work.
• Engage appropriately and in a professional manner with the technical crew.
If you have any additional queries please email the Drama Department
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced course that requires students to rehearse with full commitment and conduct themselves appropriately in the rehearsal room and throughout the entire project. You will be required to meet all deadlines, respect and work tirelessly to meet directorial requirements and work cooperatively with cast and crew at all times.
Your suitability and skill level will be assessed at audition. You will be advised of the audition requirements after you ahev submitted your application. You may be asked to perform a short speech from memory, read a scene from the play or submit a recording of your work. There may be some group work at the audition, and you may be required to stay beyond your scheduled audition call time.
100% attendance at rehearsals is essential. In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen actively and communicate clearly
• Give and receive constructive feedback
• Read and analyse scripts to find meaning and clarity
• Take notes
• Use numbers to recognise rhythm.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn through practical work. Your director may utilise a range of rehearsal techniques that may include initial trust exercises, improvisation, text analysis, character exercises and devising. Work beyond the sessions will be necessary in terms of line-learning and script analysis. You will need to be free to rehearse and perform during Production Week (dates above).
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
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?
For Covid safety you may be required to provide your own costume and some props. There is a very modest budget for the production. The creative team and the director are aware of the budget when selecting the play. Please be aware that you are required to take care and responsibility for the protection of anything that you choose to use in the show. City Lit cannot take responsibility for damage to anything that you supply.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Apply for a role in the next Theatre Company production or consider Advanced acting, Screen acting and Physical skills classes. For further advice email Drama Department.
Deirdre is a supportive and dynamic acting, drama and accent tutor at Citylit. She trained in acting in NYC and at RADA , and studied Performance and Culture at Goldsmiths (MA). Her directing credits include new writing workshops of Shaken by Louise Page and staged readings of plays and musicals at RADA, a devised play The Disunderstood at CityLit; she has also directed large scale Music Hall Events for The Portico Gallery. As a writer, plays include Waking Beauty, The People Downstairs (Young Vic, Shortlisted for LWT Plays On Stage), The Lizzie Play directed by Rufus Norris (UK and international tours, Time Out & Playbill Critic's Choice) A Cautionary Tale for the National Theatre Studio, and Betty Has To Go Now, commissioned for the 2013 Solo Theatre Festival. Performance credits include Betty Has To Go Now, Adult Child/Dead Child, and What Happened to the Tyrant, Bessie in Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mount Morgan (West End world premiere), Joanna in Home Free (directed by Kathy Burke), Jeeves and Wooster (ITV) and Simon Gray's Unnatural Pursuits (BBC TV)
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.