Time: 18:30 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: DRM061
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Develop your skills using Meisner's core definition of acting: ‘Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances’.
Strengthen your ability to act freely and work from moment to moment whilst reaching greater emotional depth.
Enhance your physical and emotional expression while connecting authentically with others.
Work with set exercises from the technique to experience how it feels ‘living truthfully’ in each moment.
Apply this technique to enliven the text and enhance your performance in a scene from a contemporary play.
What will we cover?
Set exercises including the repetition exercise, independent activity, physical and mental preparations, and the creation of relationships. Text work.
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...
• Use and identify playing an objective and using given circumstances in a Meisner-based approach to acting.
• Apply Meisner's principle of putting your attention 'on the other' in rehearsal technique and text work.
• Personalise scenes, and relationships, adding depth and reality to your acting.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You need to have completed Meisner for beginners or have some experience of the core exercises listed above.
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?
Working in pairs or small groups throughout the term in exercises and scenes. Constant evaluation and feedback.
Practical exercises and some homework including learning a text.
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?
Comfortable clothing should be worn.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Stanislavski, Method or a general acting course.
Juliet Prague trained at the Drama Centre. Theatre is her first love; she was a founding member of Mkultra, a performance collective that presents work in the UK, Greece and Italy. Her extensive career as an actor includes 24 Hours at the Arnolfini (Bristol 2019), The Vagina Monologues (2019), Afterlives in Athens as part of the Hellenic Festival (2017), Circle of Blood shot in Niagara Falls by cult director Michael di Paolo (2014) and Square Rounds written and directed by Tony Harrison at the National Theatre. As director she has created theatre in unexpected places including art galleries and homeless communities. A skilled voiceover artist she has recorded many talking books and cartoons. She has also sung with Voicelab at the Southbank Centre. With her wide knowledge base including Stanislavski, the Method and Meisner Technique, Juliet has taught acting for over twenty years at City Lit, Regents University, Rose Bruford, Brunel, Royal College of Music, and has led training programmes for the corporate sector. She is also currently acting teacher at The Bridge Theatre Training Co.
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.