City Lit theatre company: online performance

Course Dates: 30/10/20 - 05/12/20
Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: Online

This course will enable students to use previous practical training in acting in the context of performance before an online audience.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Following successful audition, you will join the ensemble company to work on a digital adaptation of Cristian Solimeno's highly acclaimed film I made this for you. 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 session.
You will be required to take part in rehearsal and production shots which will be used for the purpose of marketing the show.
Rehearsals are on: Fridays 18.30 - 21.30 and Sundays 11.00 – 16.30.
You will also need to be available each evening and all day Saturday during production week: Mon 30 Nov to Sat 5 Dec 2020.

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

The process from initial rehearsals to performance including:
1. Initial trust-building exercises to gain group coherence.
2. Familiarisation with text and director's interpretation of plot in terms of themes and performance style.
3. Character-building
4. Improvisation to achieve further insight to text, plot and character.
5. Developing appropriate character voice, movement and relationships.
6. Blocking for the online platform, technical and dress rehearsals, 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, writer’s and the collective 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

To apply:
• read this further information: Theatre Co Audition Advice 2021
• download and complete an CLTC Application Form
• obtain a headshot (photo of yourself including face and shoulders)
• send your completed form and headshot to the Drama Department
Casting and Production information


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 all deadlines, respect and work tirelessly to meet directorial requirements and work cooperatively with cast and crew at all times. Entry is by audition which will take place online on Sunday 4th October. 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.
• Use numbers to recognise rhythm.

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 be free to rehearse and perform during production week (please see dates above).

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.

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?

You will be required to purchase a play script. Each course is awarded a modest budget for the production. The creative team and the director are aware of the budget when selecting the play to cover any production costs including props and costume. You will be required to work against a clutter free plain backdrop (such as a white wall) for the online performances . Please assess whether you will be able to achieve this. Students may choose to augment their costume and personal props with items from their own wardrobe and possessions. This is perfectly acceptable; should you should 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.

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.

Tutor Biographies
Gary Grant

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.

Check your level

Course Code: DRA140

Fri+Sun, eve, 30 Oct - 05 Dec '20

Duration: 15 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £229.00
Senior fee: £229.00
Concession: £229.00

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