This course has concessions available

Intro To Acting And Drama

Learn the basics of acting and drama on this course for people with little or no performance experience. The course is a blend of practical skills and theory that takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the history of theatre and its practitioners and writers. You'll learn differing techniques and how to deliver a range of lines in various styles. Build your confidence, learn about theatre and discover your performance potential in a supportive environment with new friends.

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Who is this course for

This course is for anyone who wants to understand basic acting skills via theatre history. You'll study a range of texts, improve your communication technique, work on character and situation, and move towards delivery of a short, in-class performance. Don't worry! You don't need any experience.

What does this course cover

Ever wanted to feel what it's like to perform a monologue or a dynamic scene in front of others? Curious about the difference between the various 'schools' of acting? Eager to try a range of techniques with new friends and really 'dip your toe in'? Then this is the course for you!
Learn the basics of drama with this fun, practical course that's a whistlestop tour of acting schools, skills and techniques.

o Gain a grounding in a range of drama genres, acting schools and performance styles.
o Explore a range of script types including monologue, duologue and scene work.
o Create and explore characters that you'll arrive at organically.
o Learn basic performance skills including delivery and holding an audience.
o Improve communication skills.
By the end of the course you'll be happy to present a short performance with skill and confidence. Covering a raft of various theatrical techniques and historical dramatic groundwork, you'll discover your voice and decide what performance type interests you.
Don't be shy! This course is for absolute beginners and anyone who is curious about acting, drama or performing in front of others. You'll meet new friends and discover how to work together as a fun, supportive team.

What will it be like

Methods of teaching will include: small group, pair work, mirroring skills and games. Students will be required to practise their performance skills to include: singing, dancing and movement.
The course will be assessed by: tutor feedback, small group discussion, end of course performance and self-assessment questionnaire.

What else do you need to buy or do

Students must be willing to participate fully - including occassional homework tasks.

What this course could lead to

Students can take up further study and/or use their skills in the acting industry.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’