Introduction to Acting Practice, Level 1

Acting Practice Level 1

Key information:

Course dates:
Tuesday evenings, 23 April – 28 May 2024
Course times:
7pm–9pm
Age:
18+
Art form:
Drama
Fees:
£275
Deadline:
Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 19 April 2024 or when the course reaches full capacity
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+)
Mode of study:
In-person
Venue:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
When:
Evening Courses | Summer Courses (April–June)

Course info

This course is now full. Please join our waiting list and we will contact you if a place is available.
  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 19 April 2024 or when the course reaches full capacity.
  • For our Terms and Conditions, please click here.

Course Dates & Times

Tuesday evenings on 23, 30 April, 7, 14, 21, 28 May 2024
7pm–9pm*

*The final session (28 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 aged 18 and over thinking about going into acting or who has just started out.
  • No experience necessary; all you need is your enthusiasm!
  • There is no upper age limit on this course. We encourage and welcome participants from all ages 18 and over.
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.

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.

"The amount I’ve learned has surpassed all expectations. Patrick is such a knowledgable tutor, and we were all empowered to try new things in a very safe and welcoming environment."

– Steph, Introduction to Acting Practice Level 1, Spring 2023

Course Fee

£275
This course is now full. Please join our waiting list and we will contact you if a place is available.
  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Friday 19 April 2024 or when the course reaches full capacity.
  • For our Terms and Conditions, please click here.

Eligibility

  • For everyone aged 18+. There is no upper age limit on this course. We encourage and welcome participants from all ages 18 and over.
  • No prior experience required.
  • Participants must have sufficient English language skills to cope with course demands.

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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