Time: 18:15 - 21:15
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: DRB013
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Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This course will introduce you to the craft of acting. Through a series of warm ups, games and practical acting exercises you will develop your creativity and find the freedom to act in a friendly and supportive environment.
What will we cover?
• Drama games and group exercises
• Improvisation and scene work
• Character work
• Performing truthfully and believably
• An introduction to 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 or Improvisation: beginners or consider Stanislavski beginners.
Gemma is an experienced acting teacher and theatre director. She has run her own company and worked on productions of different scales, including many drama school productions. Her recent production of To Have to Shoot Irishmen by Lizzie Nunnery ran at Omnibus Theatre in October 2018, gaining 4-star reviews in The Guardian and The Stage, before a national tour including dates at the Liverpool Everyman. In November 2017 Gemma was the second recipient of the Air B2B residency offered by People’s Palace Projects and the British Council, and spent a month in Rio de Janeiro as the artist in residence at Casa Rio. Gemma is an Associate Artist of Omnibus Theatre, and Associate Director of Forward Theatre Project. She runs High Hearted Theatre with Marcelo Dos Santos and works as a Script Reader for the Literary Department at the Royal Court Theatre London and for the Bruntwood Prize. Gemma is an Associate Teacher at RADA, and also teaches and directs at City Lit and Identity School of Acting. She is a commissioned artist for Mothers Who Make, developing a podcast about taboos surrounding women’s bodies.
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.