An introduction to techniques suitable for acting in the realist tradition and for the creation of character. These will include psychological truth, subtext, and researching and developing a theatrical character. Students will engage in scene study and techniques practice.
This module focuses on the selection, preparation, and performance of modern monologues suitable for drama school or university auditions. Working closely with the tutor, students develop the skills to explore and develop a unique personal portrait of their skills as a performer. The course will conclude with a mock audition.
Workshop-based explorations in the building blocks of theatre-making: spontaneity, imagination, blocking and accepting, status games, narrative, characterisation and situation. Games and exercises will help to build an ensemble, and give students the basic tools to create their own performance work.
A systematic and practical investigation of basic vocal and physical skills for performance. Students develop core competencies in vocal production, physical awareness and expressivity.
Building on the previous term’s work on contemporary realism, this module enables students to develop scene work skills including rehearsal techniques, creating and staging a character and principles of staging and blocking.
An introduction to techniques for performing classical text, such as verse-speaking, scansion, scene analysis of Shakespeare and other classical playwrights. This will include the selection, preparation, and performance of classical monologues suitable for drama school or university auditions.
Building upon the voice and movement skills from the previous semester, this module focuses upon the application of vocal and physical skills for differing types of theatrical forms, including Shakespeare and classical text.
This module will provide the students with a foundation to understand and investigate plays and production styles from different periods (for example, Classical Greece, Medieval England and the Elizabethan and Jacobean stages). In preparing for rehearsal, an actor needs to know how to approach plays from specific historical periods; this enables the actor to understand the world of the writer and therefore world from which the characters emerge.
Last updated: 15 August 2017