Throughout our courses we balance our teaching with performances. The teaching in each department relates to the performance blocks in rehearsal.
The first year focuses on skills and technique and it is not until the final term that students explore their first scene study. Year two kicks off with two further scene studies, developing student confidence on stage and an appreciation for different working styles. Productions continue later in the year with an American playwright performance block, followed by the work of Anton Chekhov. Students then take part in our hallmark Shakespeare Workshop and their first Shakespeare performance.
A range of comedic styles are examined in the first term of the final year, starting with a clowning workshop before moving onto Shakespeare comedy, Pantomime and a cabaret show. Towards the end of the winter term the graduate Showcase takes place in a West End theatre to which members of the profession are invited. In the latter part of the year students embark on a Restoration performance block in full period costume. A familiarity with these difficult texts will be needed for work in this genre. Those who can master restoration will feel more at ease when auditioning for anything from Shakespeare to sitcoms.
Following a week of workshops with industry professionals, students film and record TV and voice clips for future casting use. Training then culminates in three projects to which members of the profession are again invited: firstly, an in-house public, full-length production, then a short Ensemble 'open-space' play, and lastly, a fully staged Graduation Production. Later projects are presented in appropriate central London venues. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
2 Year Diploma in Professional Acting
Despite my age, which in retrospect works in my favour, training at DSL has been one of the best life choices I have made. For that I will be forever grateful.