Time: 18:15 - 20:45
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: DRM043
Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)
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What is the course about?
The course is designed as a workshop studio that provides a focused and supportive arena in which to develop your talent, hone your craft, tackle the problems that you may experience and learn new skills. You will make use of the approaches to preparation and characterisation developed by Stanislavski, as well as the Method practitioners who elaborated his work further. We will also learn useful tools to analyse and free up text work.
What will we cover?
• Objectives and activities - the basics of acting
• Given circumstances - the background to the present moment
• Mental Reconnaissance - ways to encounter and analyse text
• Physical relaxation and vocal dexterity - warm-ups and a greater understanding of your expressive body
• Bits and Beats - how to sub-divide and break down your text into actable chunks
• Character and relationship exercises - how to deepen your work through improvised encounters.
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...
• Extend your own expressiveness
• Use the principle of the Stanislavski technique to develop a character
• Apply Stanislavski's system to a play/film text in order to analyse it
• Discover given circumstances
• Choose appropriate examples from your own life experience to support character experience
• Have tools that will support you in further study and performance.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an improvers course. You should have completed beginners acting or its equivalent elsewhere. You should have a desire to explore and deepen your own expressivity.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
All work will be practical and you will be asked to do homework. Students will work alone, in pairs and in groups, according to the exercise.
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?
A notebook and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any Improvers course or advanced class depending on your experience. You may wish to consider a Method class.
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.