What is the course about?
This course will enable students to combine and use previous practical training in voice, movement, improvisation and characterisation in the context of performance before an audience. The objective is to form a company that is governed by professional values and achieves professional standards.
What will we cover?
The process from initial rehearsals to performance including:
1. Initial trust-building exercises to gain group coherence.
2. Familiarisation with text and director's interpretation of plot in terms of themes and performance style.
3. Character-building, including character history and motivation.
4. Improvisation to achieve further insight to text, plot and character.
5. Developing appropriate character voice, movement and relationships.
6. Blocking, technical and dress rehearsals, performances.
Please note that acting classes by their very nature can involve exercises and the exploration of material that some students may find challenging.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Engage effectively with the process and structure, from first rehearsal to performance.
Develop character within this process, contributing to a coherent production.
Demonstrate the director’s, writer’s and the collective concept through practical application of rehearsal work.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Your suitability and skill level will be assessed at audition. 100 % attendance at all rehearsals is essential.
In order to get the most from the course you will be able to:
• Listen actively and communicate clearly.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Read and analyse scripts to find meaning and clarity.
• Take notes.
• Use numbers to recognise rhythm.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will learn through practical work including trust exercises, improvisation, text analysis, character exercises and scene work. Work at home will be necessary in terms of line-learning and character analysis. You will need to be free to rehearse and perform during production week (please see dates above).
You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.
As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You may be required to purchase a play script. Each course is awarded a modest budget for the production. The creative team and the director are aware of the budget when selecting the play to cover any production costs including props and costume. From time to time students have chosen to augment their costume and personal props with items from their own wardrobe and possessions. This is perfectly acceptable if you should choose to do this. However, please be aware that you do so at your own risk and Build cannot take responsibility for said items. We also have no storage provision for the safekeeping of your personal items beyond the dates of the production.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Our recommendation would be to look at our suite of professional courses including Foundation and Access.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details