Directing theatre: beginners

Course Dates: 14/01/20 - 18/02/20
Time: 18:15 - 21:15
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Simon Bowen

A beginner's course exploring the practical elements of directing for the theatre.

Work on text analysis and begin to build your director’s toolkit. Learn to motivate actors and create believable, engaging performances as you explore a range of modern texts.

You will also act in some scenes. No acting experience is necessary.


What is the course about?

To introduce you to the practical work of directing scenes and plays. To develop your confidence through the application of useful tools and techniques.

What will we cover?

The course will provide knowledge of a range of plays and their directing requirements. You will get an opportunity to explore the relationship between the actor and director, as well as the rehearsal process.

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...

- Through practical exercises, understand how to block (shape) a scene.
- Understand character motivation, the use of actions and units, and incorporate these into scenes.
- Work on and adapt to a range of plays.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is for those who wish to experience directing.
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?

Group work and pair work depending on the casting requirements for each play.

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?

Sets of plays will be provided but if you would like your own copies you must buy them. The choice of plays will
always be announced in advance.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Directing theatre: improvers.


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Definitely do it, it's brilliant
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 30/06/2019)
Top class course with a real expert who used his expertise with a light and supportive touch to créate a safe and creative environment. The tutor got the best out of the group by providing insightful feedback, tecnhical input and great energy and entusiasm. I was very impressed with how much we were able to learn in a short period of time and thought it was excellent value for money. I would recommend this course to anyone committed to learning about the principles of directing and have already signed up for the next level!
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Review by mary / (Posted on 24/10/2018)
This is an absolutely brilliant course! The course tutor is very encouraging and knowledgeable. He will push and challenge you to do your best, but does so in such a gentle way that you won't notice that you're being pushed or challenged. The course tutor is also very enthusiastic. I would recommend that if you sign up to this you have to be sure that you can attend every session as the course depends on working as a group. The tutor sets up a really comfortable learning environment, which makes it safe to experiment and make mistakes. I feel far more confident about directing than I did at the beginning. Very highly recommended.
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Review by Theatrelover / (Posted on 30/06/2017)
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Course Code: DRB091

Tue, eve, 14 Jan - 18 Feb '20

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £169.00
Senior fee: £169.00
Concession: £103.00

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