Introduction to Acting Practice, Level 1

Acting Practice Level 1

Key information:

Course dates:
Tuesday evenings, 25 April-30 May 2023
Course times:
Art form:
5pm, Friday 21 April 2023
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+)
Mode of study:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
Evening Courses | Summer Courses (April–June)

Course info

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Ages 18+

Course Dates & Times

Tuesday evenings, 25 April, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 2023

*The final session (30 May) will last 2.5 hours.

About Introduction to Acting Practice, Level 1 

This six-week evening course for beginners, will explore what "good acting" might be and how actors can achieve it. During the six sessions, you will work with the course tutor to develop truthfulness and connection to text.

Who is the course for?

Anyone thinking about going into acting or who has just started out. Suitable for all ages from 18 and over with no experience necessary; all you need is your enthusiasm!

What can I expect?

You can expect to:

  • Play games and be increasingly in the moment 
  • Explore the concept of acting through various exercises
  • Use your imagination in scenes and simple improvisations
  • Learn techniques to relax and ensure clear delivery and projection
  • Investigate scenes for clues about the context and circumstances
  • Work on short scenes from contemporary plays
  • Use your own life experience to explore characters

There will be some small tasks to complete throughout the course, such as learning lines. Attendance of all six sessions is strongly recommended to allow progression of learning and for the benefit of the group as a whole.

"Patrick was an incredible tutor. He created a very safe and playful environment to experiment with acting."

– Participant on Introduction to Acting, 2021

Do I need anything for the course?

We will be using Blank by Alice Birch as a set text. You will need to source your own physical copy (preferable) or an electronic format of the play to participate in the course.

Course Fee

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About the Course Tutor

The course is taught by Patrick Osborne. 

Patrick Osborne is an actor who graduated from Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2010. His theatre work includes Much Ado About Nothing and The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe), Comedy of Errors (RSC and Barbican), Shakespeare in Love (West End), Peter Pan (Open Air, Regents Park), Noises Off (UK tour), All My Sons, The Cherry Orchard and Kindertransport (Nottingham Playhouse), Accolade and After October (Finborough Theatre). TV and Film credits include Their Finest and The Borgias.

He has taught on the Foundation Course at ALRA and at Guildhall on the Acting Summer School and the Preliminary Acting Course, where he also facilitates workshops for the Access and Participation Department.

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