By using cutting-edge methods developed by the highly respected directors who tutor this section of the initiative, you will be introduced to advanced acting techniques. Many of these are centred on four main texts: Trusting the Actor, Create Theatre - The DIY Manual and Everyone Can Write (all written by Brian Astbury) and Acrobat of the Heart by Stephen Wangh. These, along with other carefully selected works, form the basis of these powerful tutorials.
Among the subjects covered are: Being in the Moment – an examination, grounded in the latest research into the Brain, of how to attain this much talked-of but little understood state; the movement work of Grotowski; an introduction into Alba Emoting; and various improvisational techniques drawn from the likes of Keith Johnstone and John Hodgson amongst others. Throughout, you will be free to build your own framework from the methods that are most suitable to you.
You will be tutored in a variety of methods that can be used in devising your own plays. Various textual styles in relation to Narrative Structure will be explored, giving you numerous templates on which to base your own work. You will be shown how to use the template of Sophocles’ Antigone to construct your own play. This will be taught against the background of other versions of Antigone by Jean Anouilh, Bertolt Brecht and Athol Fugard. You will learn the best way to adapt novels into workable stage plays; the techniques of Verbatim Theatre.
You will be introduced to the varying styles used by the directors teaching on this programme and you will be able to take part in master classes held by film-makers, working directors and other appropriate experts.
You will be able to put into practice all of these methods, as you create your own play which will be staged and toured to various festivals at the end of the programme.