Time: 18:30 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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What is the course about?
Whether you are as seasoned actor or just starting out, your audition material is your single most important asset once you are in front of an audition panel. In this practical course you will learn how an audition panel sees you, and you will work on a classical and contemporary audition piece.
You will be required to learn new audition material as we progress through this course, so please be aware that you will need to conduct some work from home (this will be valuable time spent).".
What will we cover?
• Casting types
• Industry/drama school audition processes
• Characterisation and thought processes for audition material
• Cold reading of unseen material/sight-reading
•Making the most of online auditions and self tapes.
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...
• Identify the types of roles for which you would make suitable casting
• Locate where to find casting notices if you do not have representation or information on drama school entrance
• Be able to understand and navigate the audition room and what is expected of you
• Professionally present a contemporary and a classical monologue
• Confidently approach a cold read.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The willingness to take risks, challenge oneself and have fun is equally important. 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?
Individually, in pairs and groups.
You will be required to learn new audition material as we progress through this course, so please be aware that you will need to conduct some work from home (this will be valuable time spent).
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. Help and guidance will be provided that will give you an indication of how to select and locate appropriate material as part of the course. However, it is important that you bring anything you have with you that you are currently working on or wish to develop and improve during the sessions.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may wish to audition for one of our accredited acting courses such as Foundation acting. You can audition for our Theatre company course or consider one of a range of classes that will support your development as an actor including Screen acting, acting advanced and improvers. Please explore our wide range of Acting and Theatre courses.
Deirdre is a supportive and dynamic acting, drama and accent tutor at Citylit. She trained in acting in NYC and at RADA , and studied Performance and Culture at Goldsmiths (MA). Her directing credits include new writing workshops of Shaken by Louise Page and staged readings of plays and musicals at RADA, a devised play The Disunderstood at CityLit; she has also directed large scale Music Hall Events for The Portico Gallery. As a writer, plays include Waking Beauty, The People Downstairs (Young Vic, Shortlisted for LWT Plays On Stage), The Lizzie Play directed by Rufus Norris (UK and international tours, Time Out & Playbill Critic's Choice) A Cautionary Tale for the National Theatre Studio, and Betty Has To Go Now, commissioned for the 2013 Solo Theatre Festival. Performance credits include Betty Has To Go Now, Adult Child/Dead Child, and What Happened to the Tyrant, Bessie in Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mount Morgan (West End world premiere), Joanna in Home Free (directed by Kathy Burke), Jeeves and Wooster (ITV) and Simon Gray's Unnatural Pursuits (BBC TV)
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.