Acting: text intensive
Time: 14:00 - 15:45
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: DRF017
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
During this course we will read and discuss scenes from a range of plays. The focus will be on script analysis and the essential process of learning lines. Students will have the opportunity to learn a new piece of text each week, and try out different line-learning techniques to discover what works best for them as an individual.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• reading and responding to a range of scripts
• text analysis
• techniques for line-learning
• practising line-learning.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• read scenes aloud with confidence and enjoyment
•Use a line-learning technique that works best for you
• learn lines efficiently
•work with greater confidence in the group setting.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is suitable for anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of a different play text's and playwrights and for those who would like to improve their technique when learning lines. Ideal for those who have completed acting for fun or a beginners or improvers acting class.
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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We will work online as a full class and in smaller groups or pairs in breakout rooms. You will be expected to carry out line-learning homework every week outside of class.
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?
Scenes will be provided electronically via Google Classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any general acting course at Improvers level; Stanislavski beginners.
Laura is an experienced theatre director, teacher and writer and has taught at City Lit since 2011. Laura has worked at a wide range of venues including the National Theatre, the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park, Birmingham Rep, the Cambridge Arts Theatre, and Southwark Playhouse. She loves all types of plays, from new writing and devised theatre to Shakespeare and works in translation, and enjoys bringing scenes and characters to life with students in her classes. Laura studied English Literature as an undergraduate at Oxford University and went on to take an MA in Text and Performance Studies at King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She splits her time between teaching, writing, environmental work and directing theatre productions.
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.