Acting advanced: text and performance

Course Dates: 22/04/21 - 08/07/21
Time: 13:30 - 16:30
Location: Online
Advance your skills and technique as you move towards greater standards of professional practice. Work on scenes to performance level. Suitable for students who have completed a broad range of our Acting courses at beginners and improvers level or who have gained suitable experience elsewhere.
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: DRA007

Started Thu, day, 22 Apr - 08 Jul '21

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This practical course provides an opportunity to deepen and expand your acting skills. Gain the freedom and confidence to approach a range of demanding acting scenarios. There is the opportunity to show your scene work to an invited audience at the end of the course.

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?

• A range of acting exercises that may draw on various methodologies /practitioners
• Character work and development
• In depth text analysis
• Scene rehearsal and performance
• There may be opportunity for an internal performance as part of our festival week.

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...

• Effectively explore and analyse text
• Demonstrate greater rigour in performance
• Play character with greater depth
• Challenge yourself as an actor.

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

This is an Advanced level course for students with a high level of ability and experience. An understanding of some of the major practitioners is desirable.

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 and groups. Whole group. Small groups. Individually
• Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
• You will need a folder and notebook
• Comfortable clothing should be worn.
• You may be required to secure scripts.

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?

You will need a folder and notebook. Comfortable clothing should be worn. You maybe required to secure scripts.

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

Continue on in advanced acting or consider any professional development skills courses such as Audition Ready or City Lit Theatre Company.

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.