Acting advanced: Murder in the Cathedral
Time: 13:30 - 16:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: DRA031
Duration: 7 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is an intensive practical course providing an opportunity to deepen and expand your acting skills by working to a high performance standard on a scene from T.S Eliot’s Murder in The Cathedral. The aim is to build confidence and challenge yourself on camera as you utilise techniques in film acting, script analysis, and character development. Rehearsals will be online, rigorous and focused on preparation for achieving your best ‘on screen’ performance. The face-to-face shoot date will take place on-site at the British Museum under Covid safety guidelines. Your recorded work will be shown publicly as part of the Thomas Becket exhibition in Summer 2021 at the British Museum.
You will need to be available all day of Saturday 3rd July to attend your allocated on-set call time.
Entry onto the course is by interview. Contact the Drama Department on firstname.lastname@example.org to notify us of your interest.
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?
• Script interpretation and analysis
• Character work and development
• Exploratory improvisations
• Detailed scene rehearsal of scenes, speeches duologues
• Performance to camera
• Preparation for work on set/ on set experience.
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...
• Apply textual analysis in practical work
• Build and sustain a given character
• Rehearse with rigour and depth
• Demonstrate confidence and relaxation in front of the camera;
• Demonstrate screen specific performance technique.
• Work with professionalism on a practical shoot.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for students who have completed a broad range of acting courses (including one screen course) and is ideal for those with accredited training. For those with some professional experience who are still developing their craft it is an ideal opportunity to add a C.V credit and build confidence in front of the camera.
If you have any additional queries please email the Drama Department.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Some whole group work. You will, rehearse in pairs, small groups and/or individually depending on casting and scheduling. A high level of preparation and a professional rigour to the work is expected. You need to be able to work cooperatively and confidently with others and be able to take on directorial input.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The script will be accessible via Google Classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Audition for DRA142 CL Theatre company or enrol onto any professional skills class with a performance element.
As an actor Gary has been a regular on British television since his debut role in Hollyoaks from 1999 to 2000. Various television roles followed, but he's probably best known for his two year stint as DC Paul Riley in ITV's The Bill. Various feature films were to follow along with various stage appearances including his role as Silver in the premiere run of Jim Cartwright’s acclaimed play ‘Hard Fruit’ at The Royal Court. Recent credits include co-leading Anders Banke's 'Enemy Lines' (2020), currently available on Sky Store and Apple TV, leading Cristian Solimeno’s acclaimed dark drama 'I made this for you' (2019) and appearing in international TV drama 'Giri Haji' (2019) for BBC 2 and Netflix. Upcoming films include 'Neil Monaghan's 'Election Night' which is due for release late 2020. Gary made his directorial debut with the multi-award winning ‘Daisy’s Last Stand’ in 2010 and went on to direct feature film ‘Lighter’ for Solaris Productions. The awards for ‘Daisy’s Last Stand’ include ‘Best film’ at the BAFTA hosted annual Film London awards, and ‘Best film’ at ‘The Okanagan International Film Festival’ in Canada.
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.