Acting Shakespeare: monologues and scenes
Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: DRA030
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This course is designed to broaden and develop your skills when working with heightened language and to provide an opportunity to develop character and scene work to a high standard. We will use a range of exercises that will explore and unlock the text as we identify and use the clues and devices that Shakespeare has built into the text to inform decisions about character and to bring a scene and/or monologue to life.
What will we cover?
• Verse and prose form
• Text and scene analysis for clues to performance
• A range of exercises that will explore and unlock the text
• Scene rehearsal
• Performance in class.
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...
• Analyse a Shakespearean monologue and or a scene for clues to your performance
• Demonstrate character physically with confidence
• Perform a Monologue and/ or scene from Shakespeare with confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a practical class. Commitment and focus are needed. These classes are for students who have some prior experience of acting and or movement.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen and respond to instructions and feedback
• Communicate clearly in discussion and drama practice
• Read and respond to a variety of text
• Give and receive constructive feedback
• Take notes
• Work within groups and pairs safely.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
In pairs, groups and individually.
You will need to prepare work and learn lines outside of the sessions.
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?
Comfortable clothing should be worn.
You will be provided with a copy of the texts.
You may wish to read more extensively outside of class studying further texts to support your learning in class.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
A general acting improvers class or advanced scene work. You may be interested in DRA142 City Lit Theatre Company.
Ask your tutor for advice about other suitable courses, or email the Drama Department
You may also be interested in joining the Level 3 Acting diploma in September 2021. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
As an actor Gary has been a regular on British television since his debut role in Hollyoaks from 1999 to 2000. Various television roles followed, but he's probably best known for his two year stint as DC Paul Riley in ITV's The Bill. Various feature films were to follow along with various stage appearances including his role as Silver in the premiere run of Jim Cartwright’s acclaimed play ‘Hard Fruit’ at The Royal Court. Recent credits include co-leading Anders Banke's 'Enemy Lines' (2020), currently available on Sky Store and Apple TV, leading Cristian Solimeno’s acclaimed dark drama 'I made this for you' (2019) and appearing in international TV drama 'Giri Haji' (2019) for BBC 2 and Netflix. Upcoming films include 'Neil Monaghan's 'Election Night' which is due for release late 2020. Gary made his directorial debut with the multi-award winning ‘Daisy’s Last Stand’ in 2010 and went on to direct feature film ‘Lighter’ for Solaris Productions. The awards for ‘Daisy’s Last Stand’ include ‘Best film’ at the BAFTA hosted annual Film London awards, and ‘Best film’ at ‘The Okanagan International Film Festival’ in Canada.
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.