Time: 18:15 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
This course will introduce you to the craft of acting. Through a series of practical exercises, drama games and warm ups you will develop your creativity and find the freedom to act in a friendly and supportive environment. You will focus on some initial exercises that will free you and develop your spontaneity, presence and ability to engage truthfully in the moment. The emphasis is as much on learning to engage fully and discover the joy of working well with other actors as it is on developing an initial skill set. You will be introduced to techniques that will help you to build character and explore some basic text.
What will we cover?
• Drama games and group exercises
• Improvisation and scene work
• Character work
• Performing truthfully and believably
• Text work.
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...
• Work collaboratively and confidently with others.
• Present yourself confidently in the space.
• Develop and play character
• Prepare and perform a short scene.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for complete beginners and those wishing to increase their confidence when acting. It is also suitable for those returning to acting after an extended break who wish to build confidence.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be involved in group, pair and some individual work.
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?
Wear comfortable shoes and clothing that you can relax and move freely in. A notebook and pen is useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can enrol onto Acting: improvers; Improvisation or take one of our Stanislavski courses.
Jayne worked for sixteen years as an actor. Since 2001, she has been teaching, and has also directed numerous theatre productions including professional and student shows. Here at City Lit, she has the responsibility for overseeing the Acting and Theatre program and is course leader for Level 3 accredited training. She has directed on several occasions for City Lit Theatre Company, and teaches classes in Improvisation, text work and audition technique, from beginners to advanced levels. Jayne is extremely passionate and thrives on the connections that actors and students make when engaging deeply with the work and each other. In each of her classes, she is keen to build a feeling of community that parallels acting in the theatre. This creates an excellent platform to realise the full potential of each of her students. She will encourage you to be brave and supportive of one another, whatever the stage of your acting journey.
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.