City Lit Theatre Company: Animal Farm
Time: 10:30 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
A wonderful opportunity to be part of a theatre company working alongside technical students and an experienced professional theatre director to stage a play from scratch in six weeks. Use your previous practical training in acting in the context of the performance of a full production of Animal Farm in the John Lyons Theatre at City Lit.
Please make sure you read the details below which gives days and times of rehearsals and performance week.
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Course Code: DRA140
Duration: 21 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Following a successful audition, you will join the ensemble company to work on a production of Animal Farm adapted by Ian Wooldridge from George Orwell's novel.
Working under the guidance of a professional director, you will build character and develop relationships and scenes within the world of the play and in context with the director’s vision for the piece. The company is governed by professional values and you will be expected to work rigorously, meet all preparation deadlines and give your full commitment to every scheduled rehearsal.
You will be required to take part in rehearsal and production photos which will be used for the purpose of marketing the show.
What will we cover?
The process from initial rehearsals to performance including:
- Familiarisation with text and director's interpretation of plot in terms of themes and performance style.
- Developing appropriate character voice, movement and relationships.
- Etiquette around technical and dress rehearsals and performances
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...
Engage effectively with the process and structure, from first rehearsal to performance.
Develop character within this process, contributing to a coherent production.
Demonstrate the director’s concept through practical application of rehearsal work.
Engage appropriately and in a professional manner with the technical crew.
If you have any additional queries please email the Drama Department
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an advanced level course, which requires that students are able to rehearse with full commitment and are able to conduct themselves appropriately in the rehearsal room and throughout the entire project. You will be required to meet deadlines, respect and work to meet directorial requirements, and work co-operatively with cast and crew at all times. Entry is by audition. You will be required to perform a speech from memory, from a contemporary play. You may also be asked to read a scene from the play. There may be some group work at the audition. Please be advised that you may be required to stay beyond your scheduled audition call time.
Your suitability and skill level will be assessed at audition. 100% attendance at all rehearsals is essential.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen actively and communicate clearly
• Give and receive constructive feedback
• Read and analyse scripts to find meaning and clarity
• Take notes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn through practical work. Your director may utilise a range of rehearsal techniques that may include initial trust exercises, improvisation, text analysis, character exercises. Work beyond the sessions will be necessary in terms of line-learning and script analysis; you will need to know your lines by 21st November or you may be removed from the production.. You will need to be free to rehearse and perform during production week (please see dates above).
You may 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.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will be required to purchase a play script (published by Nick Hern, c. £9).
Theatre Company has a modest production budget, and the creative team and director will use this to cover any production costs including props and costume. Students may choose to augment their costume and personal props with items from their own wardrobe and possessions. Should you choose to do this, please be aware that you do so at your own risk and City Lit cannot take responsibility for damage to anything that you supply. Your personal items should be clearly labelled with your name and you should take them home immediately after the final performance.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in our professional training courses including Foundation in Drama, Acting Diploma, Screen acting, Physical skills, Performance skills etc. Please contact Drama for further advice: (020) 7492 2542.
Vernon Thompson been responsible for overseeing all Voice Speech and Communication courses in the School of Performing Arts (almost 200 per year) since September 2005. He is also Course Leader for the year-long OCN accredited Level 2 Extended Certificate in Drama Foundation course. He regularly directs student productions, most recently The Laramie Project (2019) and the Graduating Students Agents' Showcase (2017). Voice specialities include Shakespearean text and practical application of resonance and support. Vernon also works as Voice Consultant to Channel 4 News, and his private clients currently include BBC newsreaders and an international model. Vernon has an MA in Voice Studies from Central School of Speech & Drama and PGCE from City University. Previous posts include Voice teaching at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Outside City Lit Vernon also works as a freelance director (Teatro Franco Parenti, Milan 2019; Hen and Chickens, Islington 2017) and produces a season of rep theatre every summer in Bournemouth with London Repertory Players.
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.