Throughout our courses we balance our teaching with performances.
At the beginning of the course all students work on a number of short scenes from contemporary scripts before moving onto Chekhov.
Students then perform pantomimes which tour local schools.
In the new year students begin with a Shakespeare workshop, exploring his first folio, before moving onto Shakespeare comedy and serious performances. The final performance block of the spring term is Restoration.
The final term begins with a film/TV project and the Graduation Showcase before students join their colleagues on the BA (Hons) course for the Graduation Productions, playing at least one major role as close as possible to their likely casting in the profession*.
Throughout the course there is the opportunity to hone talents which an actor may be called upon to use. There is an annual cabaret, singing concerts and a dance and singing performance.
As an acting school we focus on just that. As the courses progress we add more and more production values. At the start of each course, the performances are ‘bare bulb’ shows without sound or costume. These are added to steadily by our directors and our in-house technician and costume department, until we reach the final public performances when we have a large crew of freelance technicians from all specialisms to mount full productions.
*If it is not possible to mount professional productions, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will provide all students with a show reel that will equally launch students into the profession.If this is the case, the final term will comprise preparation and filming of the show reels, audio and visual. This will include appropriate sessions in self taping and audio dubbing.
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