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Acting & Performance Skills

Acting & Performance Skills

Our Acting and Performance Skills course aims to provide students with an initial grounding in fundamental performance techniques, as well as increased on-stage confidence and the ability to work creatively in a group.

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Course Summary

Through a combination of drama theory and practical activities, our Acting and Performance Skills course aims to provide students with an initial grounding in fundamental performance techniques, as well as increased on-stage confidence and the ability to work creatively in a group. Students will get a chance to experiment with skill-based improvisation, focusing not only on ‘performance’ but also on voice, body, characterisation, and the use of stage crafts.

From day one students get the chance to act, working in groups of two to five on a short scene from a classic English dramatist (starting with Shakespeare’s Richard III and Midsummer Night’s Dream). In the second week, once the students have gained sufficient confidence, they are asked to concentrate on key scenes from modern works such as Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, or John Godber’s Teechers. On Fridays these are performed to the rest of the class who offer their feedback. This progression from Early Modern drama to more contemporary theatre also allows students to explore how English drama has developed over the years.

Working towards this personalised scene at the end of each week provides students with a goal-orientated framework around with to develop their performance creativity.

Course Outcomes

What will you get out of the Acting and Performance Summer Course?

As well providing a fun and engaging atmosphere to unleash each student’s imagination, the course also aims to build effective group working skills and help students practise self-control, attentiveness and focus. We also hope that every student leaves us with renewed curiosity about theatre and language.

At the end of the course students know how to edit a scene ready for rehearsal, are familiar with rehearsal and performance techniques, have the know-how to work with others to produce a play, and are more aware of their body language, breathing and stage presence. On their final day students will prepare a play to showcase to their class.

Expectations and Pre-requisites

The Acting and Performance Skills workshop assumes little or no knowledge of English drama. It establishes effective rehearsal techniques early on so that all students are well-equipped to explore the language and performance of multiple dramatic styles. Performance techniques are discussed and exercised so that students can bring these skills into their end of week productions.

Campuses

Lady Margaret Hall

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 19+
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin (please note that we are unable to accept requests for particular room types)
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1878

Clare College

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 13-15 & 16-18 (separate accommodation)
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1326

St Peter’s College

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 13-15, 16 - 18
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1929

St Hugh’s College

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 12, 13- 5, 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1886

Further Information

How to Enrol

Acting & Performance Skills is part of the New Perspectives programme.

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