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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.
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.
This subject is part of the New Perspectives course at Oxford Royale's Oxford summer school.
The New Perspectives summer course, for students aged 13 to 15, is suitable both for those who are trying to decide what to pursue in further education, and for those who simply want to learn about a variety of interesting subjects - 17+ study options are available!
Students choose two morning classes and one afternoon workshop to provide a diverse and stimulating curriculum that is tailored to their needs, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or try out something new. Students studying New Perspectives in Oxford get the chance to live and learn in a college of the University of Oxford or in our 17th-century manor house, Yarnton Manor.
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.
The New Perspectives programme - our flagship Oxford summer course for 13-15s - allows you to combine different subject options to enable a flexible, tailored programme that best suits your academic needs
To view other options, select your choice of options and apply, please visit the main New Perspectives Programme page
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