The summer is really flying by and I can’t wait to get back into the drama studio at Venue 28 in Beckenham and work with our Star 4 students, aged 16-18.
It seems appropriate on the day that A-Level results are published to be thinking about our training specially designed for 16-18 year olds who have a passion for drama. If this sounds like you then I would love to see you at the Star 4 class.
Our Star 4 class really gets to the heart of studying drama. If you simply love drama our classes are a fantastic creative outlet. We can also help you to get a place at Drama School, an apprenticeship or work in the industry. We will develop your acting skills for professional castings and performing roles in the theatre and on screen.
Our next term of classes is all about preparing for the role. We start with Stanislavsky techniques that will teach you how to deliver truthful performances. Method acting is based on Stanislavsky’s techniques. It’s been widely used on screen by iconic actors such as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson and Edward Norton. Brando has said of Method acting; ‘To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty, to interpret it is his problem and to express it is his dedication.’ We will look at what that means and how you can use Stanislavsky technique to improve your own performances.
You will also work on audition and interview technique. This covers everything from choosing the right speech, to have the confidence to shine in the crucial moment. This is a critical exercise to getting the place at Drama School or University to study drama. These skills and the confidence you will gain are also transferable to interviews for any type of work.
The term also covers Shakespeare and gives you the opportunity to master a speech from a Shakespeare play and then apply what you’ve learnt to a larger role.
Industry professionals often visit the group to share their experience of working in the TV and film industry. This coming term we are lucky enough to be joined by one of our patrons, Patti Clare, who plays Mary in ‘Coronation Street’. Patti has recently been awarded “Best Comedy Performance” at the British Soap Awards for her role in the show. She will conduct a Q and A session which will provide you with a real insight into the professional world.
The January to March term is all about performance. The term is focused on auditioning for, being cast in and rehearsing a play that you will have seen first in London and then present to an audience in the studio space at Venue 28 in Beckenham. The play will be prepared to a professional standard and you will work as a member of your own theatre company. This will prepare you for your next steps in the industry and life in general.
The Star 4 classes take place on Monday evenings from 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Venue 28 in Beckenham. We offer a free trial class to all new students. Get in touch to book your place. Sign up for our monthly newsletter to keep up to date.