Improvisation and character
Time: 18:15 - 21:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: DS097
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will explore techniques that you can use to create an interesting, nuanced character, using a range of exercises and different approaches to scenes in improvisations and text work.
We'll use the performers greatest tool - our body - as our starting point. We'll look at skills to help us in improvisations, and work on listening and responding more as performers, to allow us to be key players in scene work.
We'll explore focus, intentions and the mechanics of a scene in improvisations and text-based scenarios, looking at emotional drives and the impact of status shifts to a character in comedic and dramatic settings alike. We'll work towards a small in-class presentation at the end of the course.
What will we cover?
We will use the fundamental techniques of improvisation such as acceptance and offers, and look at different ways we can enhance a scene visually and in engagement.
We will use techniques from the Lecoq pedagogy of physical theatre and draw on the Meisner technique and elements of Michael Chekhov’s training in theatre.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
•Use the fundamental techniques of improvisation with confidence and understanding
• Use a variety of exercises/skills towards creating physically dynamic characters
• Confidently create a character from scratch and apply this to text work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
All are welcome. You will need to work positively in a group context.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
As a whole or in pairs and small groups.
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?
Please wear comfortable clothing for movement as if you were going to the gym, preferably the colour black.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any acting improvers course or above. You may wish to consider further physical training in Lecoq Technique an introduction, Mime an introduction.
Sean trained at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, a world renowned school for physical theatre. Over the two years he trained in devised theatre, ensemble building, character development, mask work, mime, object manipulation / puppetry and clowning, among a vast array of other training. Sean also trained at East 15 Acting School on the BA Hons / Acting & Stage Combat degree graduating in 2011, gaining specialist skills in nine different weapon sets alongside an extensive acting program, in contemporary and classical work and practitioners. Sean works as a performer, director and choreographer, and regularly leads workshops and courses for theatre companies across the UK, Europe and Asia. His approach to theatre follows predominantly from his training at Lecoq, with the body and with a playful curiosity, exploring the space and how the body moves within it. In his courses he hopes to open up a deeper understanding of performance technique, emotional engagement, physicality and the exploration of all aspects of life through theatre and to share his deep profound love of what he does with others.
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.