For beginners and people who have acted previously. Improvisation, script-work and games with occasional performances.
Who is the course aimed at?
The workshops are open to anyone with an interest in acting, whether a curious novice or experienced thespian! The workshops encourage light hearted learning and teamwork.
Course description in brief
We are an informal, friendly group who enjoy and practise many aspects of drama, including improvisation, script work, movement, mime, voice work and exploring ideas through acting and drama games. We are planning to stage a public performance of a pantomime within the spring term with rehearsals to take place mainly out of workshop time, only for those interested in a public performance. Our main aim is to have fun, work as a team and inspire ideas. The workshops are also a great way to improve confidence.
By the end of the course I will have learned:
You will have gained performance skills and knowledge of staging a production. You will also have made new friends, had a lot of fun and built confidence
Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?
We welcome everyone, from the curious beginner to the more experienced actor. All contributions to the group are done in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
What equipment will I need for the course?
Wear comfortable clothing as some activities involve physical movement
What materials will I need for the course?
What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?
Induction, getting to know each other, drama games and improvisation.
Performance and stage techniques, eg voice projection, script work, using space.
Workshops are run by existing members of the group (this is entirely optional) with occasional guest tutors.
The spring term workshops are a continuation of the Autumn term. Alongside this will be preparation for a public performance. The performance preparation will take place outside of the normal workshop and our aim is not to let performance preparation impinge on the Thursday workshops.
Return to workshop-based sessions (details to be decided by group closer to the time).
New members are welcome at any time during any of the terms.
What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?
A willingness to join in and enthusiasm is encouraged and expected. . Members involved with a public performance will need to commit to their chosen roles and attend rehearsals and planning meetings when required.
Members who are willing will be encouraged to run one of the weekly workshops in the Summer term.
As an extra-curricular activity we try to organise social events outside of term time that may include meals out, theatre visits and a drama-themed weekend away.
What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?
As an informal course, many members choose to return to the group to enjoy the workshops and work on new performances. Some members of the group are active in amateur dramatic societies and “Murder Mystery” groups elsewhere. They believe our workshops complement and help them with such activities.
How will I say what I think about the course?
The group has a committee, elected each year by the group, who plan the structure of each term. Feedback and ideas from all members are always encouraged by the committee and all members are welcome to stand for a post on the committee.
Available timetables for this course
Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.
|Course Ref||Hours per week||Days(s)||Time||Course Dates||Costs|
|S609b||2||Thursday||7:35pm – 9:35pm||11 Jan to 22 Mar 2018 (10 weeks)||One Off £36.00 (funder_code:S)|
|S609c||2||Thursday||7:35pm – 9:35pm||26 Apr to 5 Jul 2018 (10 weeks)||One Off £36.00 (funder_code:S)|
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