Introducing our new ‘So You Want to be an Actor?’ Course
A one week training course for people who want to take the next step in their acting journey. Please note there are ONLY 10 PLACES AVAILABLE for this course. (Book early to avoid disappointment!)
Monday 23rd-Friday 27th July 10am-3pm
What does the course offer?
SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR is a five day intensive training in stage and screen acting taught by professional actors and directors working in the industry. Places are limited to a maximum of 10 people to ensure plently of individual attention. This course involves:
- Q and A with an actor’s agent who will provide tips on how to succeed in the industry.
- Playback facilities allow you the opportunity to watch your screen acting performances back and learn from them.
- ‘Theatre Audition Preparation’ ensures each student leaves the course with an audition speech prepared.
How does the day break down?
- 10am-12pm: THEATRE ACTING with JOY. Work intensively on your solo audition piece and in pairs on challenging scenes from well known plays.
- 12pm-12.30pm: LUNCH.Bring a packed lunch & enjoy it in the South Oxford Community Centre, or if the weather’s good sit in the sunshine of the beautiful Hinksey Park)
- 12.30pm-3pm: SCREEN ACTING with RACHEL.Work on improvised scenes and scripted scenes from famous movies. Watch and learn from your performance.
July Saturday Workshops
Solo Performance and Writing Workshop
When: Saturday 21st July
How Much: £50
Where: South Oxford Community Centre.
If you’ve ever wanted to try writing your own material, now’s your chance! Tina and Rachel will help you convert anecdotes, memories or personal stories into a two minute performance piece. ‘Solo Performance’ means writing a piece inspired by your own life in present tense, first person narrative. The end result can be funny, thought provoking or moving. This course is perfect for performers or amateurs who would like to give writing a go, or anyone who’s ever thought they had a good story to tell. Don’t worry if you’ve never written anything more than a shopping list…this is a friendly, fun and encouraging introduction to performance writing. Pieces will be read aloud in an informal ‘performance’ for the other students at the end of the day.
Award-winning performance poet and raconteur Tina Sederholm is an intermittent idealist, reluctant feminist and recovering workaholic. An Edinburgh Fringe veteran, she has written four one-woman shows and performed them at festivals and theatres all over the country. The latest, Everything Wrong With You is Beautiful, is based on her recently published collection of the same name. She works with writers and performers of all stripes, helping them blast through blocks and editing manuscripts with a firm but friendly touch.
‘Honest, insightful and not afraid to challenge you. Tina’s editing and feedback is going to be a staple part of taking my written work to the next level. Genius.’
Alexander Rhodes, Poet
‘She never makes writers feel criticised, only inspired. ‘
J.P Delaney (author of ‘The Girl Before’)
Rachel Mae Brady
Rachel has adapted Frankenstein, Jeckyll and Hyde and Dracula for stage in ‘The Gothic Horror Show.’ In 2012 her modern day Irish version of the Dicken’s classic ‘A Dublin Christmas Carol’ sold out its run in Dublin. She studied solo performance at Columbia College Chicago under Stephanie Shaw and has written and performed several solo pieces about falling in love, moving country, ghosts, loss and red shoes. Her first solo show ‘Wolf Tamer’ will premier at Oxford’s Offbeat Festival in July this year.
Stand Up Comedy for Beginners
When: Saturday 28th July
Time: 10am-3pm (Lunch from 12-12.30pm)
Where: The South Oxford Community Centre
How Much: £55
This is a workshop for people who would like to try stand up for the first time. During this workshop you will discover how to be comfortable onstage, grow confidence, develop a rapport with the audience and improve (or discover) your ability to tell jokes!
Do I need to prepare anything?
Yes. You don’t need to have a stand up routine ready but do prepare a short (1-2 minute) humorous story to tell. (it doesn’t have to be polished!)
Taught by Richard Lindesay
Richard started comedy in Sidney, Australia and has since gigged professionally in comedy clubs throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK. He produced and performed sold out shows at the Sydney fringe Festival and New Zealand International Comedy Festival. In the UK, alongside performing he also writes material for social media companies, public speakers and other comics.
Term One: Tues 9th Jan-Tues 27th Feb 6.30pm-8pm
Term Two: Tues 17th April- 12th June (Mid Term break on w/c 28th May) 6.30pm-8pm
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at acting? Or maybe you’d like to meet new people in a fun, informal setting? If so, then this class is for you. Explore performance through a variety of fun, low pressure games and exercises. Over the six weeks will cover the basics of acting, improvisation, character building, monologues, scenes and script work. Emphasis is on enjoyment and confidence building. All ages (18+) welcome. Catering for total beginners.
Term One: Tues 9th Jan-Tues 27th Feb 8pm-9.30pm
Term Two: Tues 17th April- Tues 12th June (Mid Term break on w/c 28th May)8pm-9.30pm
This course is for students who have some previous drama experience and would like to take things to the next level. You will learn solid performance techniques, develop spontaneity and improvisation skills and learn dynamic approaches for working with script. Hone your dramatic and comedic acting abilities and become a confident amateur actor. All ages (18+) welcome.
Term One: Wed 10th Jan-Wed 28th Feb 7pm-9pm
Term Two: Wed 18th April- Wed 13th June (Mid Term break on w/c 28th May)6.30pm-8pm £110 for 8 Weeks
This advanced drama course is for those who have a lot of previous drama or performing experience. Perfect for amateur actors, professional performers or students about to apply to drama school. This term will culminate with a SHOWCASE, where you will have the chance to perform in a variety of scenes and monologues for an invited audience of friends and family. A fast-paced, challenging and highly enjoyable theatre acting technique class.
Previous Drama experience required. All ages (18+) welcome.
Wed 18th April- Wed 13th June (Mid Term break on w/c 28th May)8pm-9.30pm £110 for 8 Weeks
IMPROV IS BACK! Learn the rules of improvisational theatre, create bold narrative and character choices, and learn how to be spontaneous. You’ll develop your listening and perceiving skills as well as build confidence for large theatrical choices. No prior improv, drama or performing experience needed but an openness to learn and try something new is vital. Don’t worry if you’re a bit scared. This is a welcoming, supportive group. All ages (18+) welcome. Catering for total beginners. Positive and supportive atmosphere. All ages (18+) welcome.
One on One Coaching
Rachel offers private coaching for amateur, aspiring and professional actors of all ages . Whether you are a student auditioning for drama schools, an amateur actor preparing to audition for a local amateur production, a professional actor wishing to sharpen their skillswe can help you. Rachel has a very high success rate of helping students achieve their acting goals. Get in touch for rates and information.
Private Coaching for Pitching and Public Speaking
Have you been sweating about making a public presentation or pitch? Fear of public speaking is extremely common and can be debilitating for some people. Rachel will help you to overcome your fears and speak with confidence and ease in front of other people. Rachel runs special private and group sessions for corporate clients enabling them to become comfortable with and even enjoy pitching and public speaking. Get in touch for rates and information.