Acting: beginners

Course Dates: 16/09/24 - 25/11/24
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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Acting: beginners
  • Course Code: DRB010
  • Dates: 16/09/24 - 25/11/24
  • 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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Mon, day, 16 Sep - 25 Nov '24

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 for fun 2, Acting: improvers; Acting scene work, Improvisation or take one of our Stanislavski courses.

Cara Jennings Tutor Website

Cara is multi-talented artist: a performer, writer, theatre, audio, film and TV maker, with many years experience as an Acting Coach in Adult Ed. She runs playful and engaging sessions blending voice, movement, improvisation, and text. Her unique approach draws on Stanislavski, Chekov, Hagen, LeCoq, Johnstone and Gaulier. She has a gift for running a good room, where participants feel safe, and supported, finding courage to create, collaborate and explore. In 2023/24, Cara was Artist in Residence at Morley College, where, with Sophie Trott, she developed the dressing room comedy ‘The Astonishing Adventures of Kitty and Peg’, based on rival Covent Garden actresses Kitty Clive and Peg Woffington. This played to packed houses at the Hen and Chickens Theatre in Jan 2024. They are in the process of producing a tour of the show in 2024, starting at Proteus Theatre, Basingstoke, where they will be associate artists in 2025. TV & Audio credits: 'Hendrix and Handel' (Sky Arts), 'How To Burn A Million Quid' (BBC Sounds), 'Ready Player Marx' (BBC Radio 4) Qualifications: PGCE in Drama (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), BA HonsEnglish and Drama (U 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.