Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: DS093
Duration: 5 sessions
What is the course about?
The course provides a practical opportunity to explore the acting demands of various classical playwrights including work from the Greeks, Shakespeare and his contemporaries, through to the works of Oscar Wilde. Working creatively and collaboratively you will work in some depth on a scene and or solo monologue.
What will we cover?
Demystifying complex language, working with verse, exploring character, the ensemble, Monologue/scene work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Perform classical text with greater confidence
Recognise and perform verse with greater confidence
Work collaboratively to perform an ensemble piece
Analyse and break down text for practical performance
Prepare and perform a monologue.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will participate in large and small group work, in pairs and have the opportunity to also work on a solo piece.
There will be some preparation outside of class, depending on the nature/demands of particular scene 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?
Text will be supplied. You may bring a classical monologue of your choice to explore in class if you wish. Please bring something to write with. Where comfortable clothing and footwear for physical warm ups.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Enrol onto DS002 Acting; improvers summer school or DRA030 Acting Shakespeare in the autumn term.
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.