Acting: advanced

Course Dates: 26/04/23 - 24/05/23
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Practise and develop your acting skills by rehearsing scenes from contemporary plays in depth, with the option of performing to an invited audience at the end of the course. This course is 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.
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Finished Wed, eve, 26 Apr - 24 May '23

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course provides an opportunity to deepen and expand your acting skills by working scenes to performance standard. You will have the opportunity to identify and cultivate your individual strengths and improve your weaknesses, to build confidence and challenge yourself in scenes and acting exercises.

What will we cover?

• Practical text analysis
• Character work and development
• Exploratory improvisations
• Detailed scene rehearsal
•Performance to an invited audience at the end of term.

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
• Apply this textual analysis in practical work
• Build and sustain a given character
• Rehearse with rigour and depth
• Perform a scene/(s) with confidence.

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.

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?

Your tutor will teach though a variety of techniques during this course. Depending on each different acting exercise, this may include work in pairs, small groups, individually and in whole group.

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 notebook, pencil and eraser.
• Comfortable clothing should be worn.
• You may be required to purchase a copy of the play that you are working from. Photocopies of individual scenes will be provided.

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

Continue on in a scene work class to build your knowledge of plays and to hone your skills. You could also consider a screen acting class, Classical acting, or auditioning for our Acting Diploma or Foundation course.

Gary Grant

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.