Acting: beginners

Course Dates: 18/09/23 - 27/11/23
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and creative environment.
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  • Course Code: DRB010
  • Dates: 18/09/23 - 27/11/23
  • Time: 15:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Mon, Daytime
  • Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Cara Jennings

Course Code: DRB010

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Finished Mon, day, 18 Sep - 27 Nov '23

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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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.

Cara Jennings Tutor Website

Cara is an experienced Adult Ed. Acting tutor. She runs playful and challenging sessions using voice, movement, improvisation and text and a range of different approaches including Stanislavski, LeCoq, Johnstone and Gaulier inspired techniques. She is also a multi-skilled creative person who has used her acting, writing and directing in a range of professional contexts outside of education. As a drama practitioner she has delivered arts projects in partnership with organisations and community groups including The National Gallery, The Synergy Theatre Project, Mosaic Clubhouse and The LSE. Her first TV comedy drama ‘Hendrix and Handel’, which she wrote with Sophie Trott, airs on Sky Arts on the 21st September 2020 at 10pm, and the six part audio drama ‘How To Burn A Million Quid’ which she wrote with Sean Grundy can be currently be heard on BBC Sounds. Qualifications include a PGCE in Drama from The Central School of Speech and Drama and a BA English and Drama from The University of Bristol.

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.