What is the course about?
This course is for those with some previous acting experience who now wish to develop their skills and work with more rigour. You will work with an experienced director on a range of performance material. You will have the option to study and work toward a formal (solo) acting qualification offered by one of the leading acting examination boards, Trinity College London. (NB: the exam is optional and entirely external to City Lit. It will require an examination fee – see below for more details).
Under the guidance of your tutor, you can design your own pathway through the range of material. Introductory sessions will include the reading and discussion of a variety of plays, including any suggestions by group members, leading to selection of appropriate monologues and or scenes for each student.
Technical skills that underpin the practice of acting will be integrated into the sessions, as each student develops their work and practice following the outline of the Trinity exam syllabus.
Each student will consult with the tutor to ensure they choose the appropriate examination(s) when they feel ready. Taking the exam is not a compulsory part of the course. The closest aligned examination dates to this course are on the 18th and 19th April, 2020 and take place at the Barbican centre. You will be given advice and information at an appropriate time during this course on how to enter for the examination. Should you choose to - the closing date for applications for the examination(all grades) is on the 6th March 2020.
What will we cover?
- Script Analysis (classical and contemporary)
- Character development
- Diction and Articulation
- Monologue and Solo work
Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging. If you feel uncomfortable, please discuss this with the tutor.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Perform selected dramatic monologues, scenes and improvise with confidence.
- Understand how your course-work relates to the Trinity exam syllabus
- This course will help you prepare for one of our longer OCN accredited courses should you wish to continue your studies.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
- This course is not suitable for absolute beginners
- You need to have completed a beginners acting course and undertaken at least one improvers course or the equivalent elsewhere if you are to get the most out of this opportunity. Please email email@example.com if you wish to discuss your previous experience with one of our staff.
- If you have already completed DRC107, the previous Trinity course, you can continue to prepare for a higher grade than before.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
- There will be both group and individual work.
- Some homework and preparation for the sessions will be necessary.
- If you enter for a Trinity exam you will be expected to study for approximately 150 solo learning hours to memorize your monologue and other preparation tasks.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
- You will need to source your own copies of any scripts you wish to use on this course.
Recommended sources include:
National Theatre bookstore (South Bank, SE1 9PX) or Samuel French online or at the Royal Court Theatre, (Sloane Square) where there is a comprehensive guide that lists monologues by age, gender and genre.
- Should you choose to enter yourself for the exam there will be an exam fee payable directly to Trinity. Further information will be given to you at the start of your course and will depend on which exam you enter.
For exam application details and fees please visit this Trinity College London web page where you will find a link to download a ‘solo entry form’ and ‘Fees for UK - 2019/20’. Click here to read full details of the Trinity College London Acting and Speaking syllabus [External website]. Remember on this course we only offer preparation for Grade 6 and Grade 7 in Acting (solo). We will help you fill out your application form but you must apply for the exam and pay the exam fee yourself as it is entirely external from City Lit.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We recommend that you progress to City lit course DRC109 and study for the next grade in Trinity exams.
You may wish to progress to one of the accredited courses:
Foundation in Drama (Extended Certificate Level 2)
Acting Diploma (Level 3)
You could also join Acting advanced: the whole play or audition for City Lit Theatre Company .