Technique - Term 1 (Winter Term)
The Technique Term concentrates on the technical needs of individual students, using different approaches to identify problems and start correcting them. Most of the work takes place in the classroom environment. Reflective and diagnostic processes are introduced alongside the improvised and rehearsed. Classes last different times depending on the material. There is a mixture of whole group and individual activities.
Scene Study 1: Two or three-handed scenes from modern texts are used to APPLY basic acting techniques in rehearsal, culminating in a performance directed by your Course Tutor.
The Process in Rehearsal - Term 2 (Spring Term)
This term deepens the students understanding of specific acting methods in class and in application to scene study performances. As the starting point to actor training, Stanislavski's system and related methods are used to explore the actor's vocabulary within the working process.
Scene Study 2: Involves working with a new, different director, in a different group. The scene may have a more complicated atmosphere, relationships or style of writing.
Language - Term 3 (Summer Term)
The term starts with a Chekhov/Ibsen scene study followed by some workshops and classes on Shakespeare. The aim is to give actors a confidence and flexibility with his language and verse.
Scene Study 3: Chekhov/Ibsen
Scene Study 4: Shakespeare Serious. A block exploring Shakespeare's tragedies/histories. A one-week intensive rehearsal period, working on very short scenes, in which the student can become comfortable with adjusting their acquired acting skills to the language, verse and style of Shakespeare. Please note that beginning your training with a regional/national dialect is a not a barrier to classical training.
Scene Study 5: Students rehearse an abridged version of one of Shakespeare's Histories/Tragedies, with an emphasis on speaking the verse.
Scene Study 6: Completing the first year is a devised piece of theatre performed to an invited audience of friends and family.
Commedia - Term 4 (Winter Term)
Scene Study 7: The term begins with a "Clown & Mask" project and performance, exploring the physical, vocal and emotional demands of working with masks.
Scene Study 8: Scenes from Shakespeare's comedies and Late Romances.
Scene Study 9: Pantomime or Christmas show. You will rehearse a specially written pantomime in a week and then perform it in local schools.
Ensemble - Term 5 (Spring Term)
In preparation for the next text block, there is then a comedy workshop based on Restoration plays and incorporating the Commedia dell´Arte.
Scene Study 10: Comedy of Manners. You will work on texts from the late 17th century or on Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward. Style, wit and language set within the context of gossip and intrigue.
The Finale - Term 6 (Summer Term)
Graduate Showcase: The graduates´ showcase takes place in a West End theatre early in term 6. Agents, casting directors and other industry professionals are invited to attend. The training then culminates in two projects to which members of the profession are invited. Firstly, a new writing/living playwrights block and secondly, fully staged graduation productions. Both projects are presented in Central London venues.
*NB: Course details and structure are subject to change if necessary.
- Approaches to Acting • Character • Improvisation • Classical text • Class scenes work • Modern text work• Stagecraft• Storytelling • Sight-reading • Approach to text • Text into performance • Devising
- Movement • Dance • Combat • Laban • Period movement • Physical theatre • Lucid Body • Mask • Mime • Clowning
- Voice production • Speech • Singing • Accents • Phonetics • Public speaking
- Screen acting (TV & Film) • Commercials • Microphone technique • Voice-overs • Corporate work
- Auditions • Special education needs • Theatre history • Industry Collaboration