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Masterclasses for Adults 2018
Saturday  Masterclasses
We are delighted to offer Saturday Workshops and Courses for Adults. Aimed at actors, teachers and other performers, these Masterclasses offer cutting edge professional development and are led by industry specialists.

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Creating Your Own Work For The Stage "Angie is all about energy, ideas and enthusiasm but it's not just about her warm passionate personality; there is a depth of understanding of both the subject matter and the people she is working with that make her a very effective coach and facilitator." Paul Goring, CEO Consortio

"I was extremely impressed by her presentation and running of the day. She inspired, encouraged and appropriately challenged us to personally express what our brands stood for and helped us communicate this effectively. I would definitely recommend the course for people wanting to explore how they offer what they do and particularly Angie's excellent facilitation and training."
Jonathon Watkins, CEO Photoglow Photography

"Angie came and delivered a stand-up comedy workshop at Millfield to staff and students. Angie gave us all really useful and detailed feedback after our 5 minute sets which was both encouraging and constructive. The group felt inspired afterwards and ready to develop their work ready for our comedy night! I highly recommend Angie and hope to have her back regularly from now on!" Kirsten Lane, Lead teacher, Drama, Millfield Senior School

"A workshop that provided students with a range of skills and techniques associated with Stand up Comedy, the students enjoyed the opportunity to do something a little bit different and unusual and then used those skills in an assessed BTEC Variety performance." Beccy Thunhurst, Programme Leader for Drama and Performing Arts, City Academy, Bristol

"Student feedback has been unanimously indicated that this has been highly beneficial in developing our student's presentation skills at real company interviews." Simon Dove, Placements Officer University of Gloucestershire 
SATURDAY 12th May 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm

Learn how to write your first 5-minute set using comedic devices used by professional stand-ups. Run by an award winning stand-up, writer and actor, this master class focuses on understanding your comedic persona, using writing techniques to get the most laughs and writing material about your story. All participants get to try out their material and receive personal feedback on their set.

This 1-day workshop will help you to:
• Learn why you might struggle to talk about yourself when alone on stage and give tips and tricks for nervousness
• Find out what your comedic persona is using psychological models
• Write using comedic devices from one-liners to building a funny story
• Understand the psychology of audiences
• How to use your body and voice to command a stage
• Give your pitches and presentations distinction and gravitas
• Understand how the comedy industry works and give you tips for getting booked.

Who is it for?
This master class is open to both first time performers and actors who would like to try the art form of Stand-up comedy. This workshop will build on your stage presence to create a comedic version of yourself. The exercises, games and theory will enable you to write your first 5 minutes of stand-up comedy and learn how to perform your material like a professional.

What will we be doing?
The day will consist of games, exercises and psychological theory to help you bring your unique personality, experience and charisma to the stage. Above all the day will inspire you to be a better and more confident communicator. The workshop aims to be fun and practical as well as giving you a new found love of talking about your life. Everyone will get a chance to write and present their set as well as receiving personal feedback. All participants get an accompanying theory guide too which explains the models used during the day.

Cost Students/Equity/Members of The Actors’ Workshop £25, All Others £35
Angie Belcher
  About Angie
Angie is an award winning stand-up (Finalist What the Frock Best Comedy National Newcomer 2015 and North East Theatre Best Spoken Word Show 2015). An accomplished comedy performer she has supported John Gordillo, Ian Cognito, Silky, Shappi Khorsandi and Shazia Mirza as well as compering Glastonbury Festival's Cabaret Tent. She had a full and successful Edinburgh Fringe (★★★★ - Fringe Review, Part stand-up, part poet part stylised story telling all hugely entertaining" John Fleming, "Highly recommended, go see her", Phil Jupitus "Bloody Marvellous" - Kate Copstick, The Scotsman) She was also Team Captain for political comedy panel show Comedy Manifesto during its Edinburgh run ("Unbelievably jealous of all those of you that can catch this show every day" ★★★★ - Angie is stand-up comedy tutor for Circomedia in Bristol and is writer in Residence for First Story. She also runs The Comedy Depot in Bedminster. Angie also works as an actor; she is in forthcoming horror flick Crispy's Curse.
Creating Your Own Work For The Stage  


SATURDAY 19th May 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm

Led by Award-Winning Playwright and Director Matt Grinter
An introduction to the basics of making powerful and engaging work that you can take out to audiences. Whether you want to start a theatre company or make work to keep you busy as you audition, this workshop will look at the basic ingredients required to create a performance and the different methods employed to bring them to life as exciting and memorable pieces of theatre that will remain with an audience.

Cost Students/Equity/Members of The Actors’ Workshop £25, All Others £35

Matt Grinter - Director/Playwright    Matt Grinter 
ORCA play
Some reviews of Matt's recent play ORCA:
‘Richly atmospheric and very well acted… Grinter has a genuine talent’
The Guardian

‘Dazzlingly acted…this fine, subtle and important piece of theatre.’
Broadway World

‘Seduces us with myth and theatrical magic.’ Time Out

Acting For Camera  
SATURDAY 10th February 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm

The Actors’ Workshop is honoured to introduce Philippa Lowthorpe - the first woman to be awarded a BAFTA for best director.

One of the UK’s leading film and tv directors, Philippa Lowthorpe’s work includes Three Girls, The Crown, Swallows and Amazons, Cider With Rosie, Jamaica Inn, Call The Midwife and much more. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome her to The Actors’ Workshop for this very special masterclass!

Cost This class is open to Equity actors, Drama students and Members of The Actors’ Workshop only. £25

NOTE This class is now full. Please email  to be put on reserve list.
  Philippa Lowthorpe  
Let Me Look At You
Let Me Look At You  
  FRIDAY 16th and SATURDAY 17th February 2018

The Actors’ Workshop is proud to present two studio showings of Starving Artists’ LET ME LOOK AT YOU, written by Godrey Hamilton, directed by David Precott and performed by Mark Pinkosh. We hope to engender thoughtful discussion afterwards….

Mark Pinkosh will also hold a masterclass for students, actors and the wider community based on the work.

Starving Artists, the acclaimed internationally touring company founded by American actor Mark Pinkosh and British writer Godfrey Hamilton, is lauded as “one of today’s most exciting theatrical partnerships” - London Evening Standard.

Here’s how The Stage describes Let Me Look At You: “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the de-criminalisation of homosexuality. Godfrey Hamilton’s new one-man play takes stock of the changes in the LGBT+ landscape since then. When the storyteller spies a good-looking man on the streets of Soho, it initiates a chain of thought on the turbulent history of gay rights and points out that the struggle is far from over.

“Mark Pinkosh, a previous recipient of The Stage Award at Edinburgh, peppers this history with personal testimony about his own emerging sexuality and the perceptions of his friends and family. He is an intimate and engaging performer who has that knack of appearing to chat directly to you. His eyes mist over in memory of past loves and ignite in fury at the injustices of the past and present and there’s never a moment that seems forced or insincere.”

Studio Showings Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February at 7.30pm

Masterclass Saturday 17th February 2.00pm to 5.00pm

Friday Showing and Saturday Masterclass
Students/Equity/Members of The Actors’ Workshop £25, All Others £35

Friday and Saturday Showings only - suggested minimum donation £10

 Starving Artists Theatre Company 
Acting for Camera Paul Dudbridge
  SATURDAY 24th February 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm

Following the success of his introductory masterclasses on acting for camera, director/cameraman Paul Dudbridge returns to take things further. In this masterclass, you will cover:

• Reviewing scripts and script breakdown – What lines are essential and what can be played and communicated physically/visually for the camera?

• Performing characters from a given script and reviewing performances on screen for feedback.

• Looking at subtext and how it can add layers to the scene.

Students will be asked to present two stories for camera - one true and one false. Can we tell the difference?

Cost Students/Equity/Members of The Actors’ Workshop £25, All Others £35

Paul Dudbridge   Hanover Pictures 
Creating physical Performances  
  Class rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions.
Now on Saturday 17th March 2018

Was on SATURDAY 3rd March 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm
Led by Award-Winning Playwright and Director Matt Grinter
From clowning to dance to character work, our body is a hugely important part of bringing to life what we create on stage. In this workshop we will look at various techniques and exercises that can be used to inform your physical work and help to create distinct and fully embodied characters and visual performances.

Cost Students/Equity/Members of The Actors’ Workshop £25, All Others £35
  Matt Grinter  
The Theatre of Expressionism  
  SATURDAY 24th March 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm

Following her hugely well-received classes on Commedia dell’Arte last term, Cheryl Stapleton returns for a masterclass on the work of Steven Berkoff and the Theatre of Expressionism:

Expressionism as a style of acting takes you to the polar opposite of Realism where vivid, dream-like worlds are created. Characters are distorted and stylised; language becomes heightened, rhapsodic and rhythmic; narrative becomes disjointed and episodic driven more by the internal struggles of the characters in relation to a central theme, than by logical narrative progression.

This entirely practical day is ideal for actors, drama teachers or drama students. The masterclass will:
• Stretch your range and ability to explore the vast expressive potential of your physicality and voice, so that you can perform at the height of your powers
• Enable you to reach the level of exaggeration and the intensity of performance required for Expressionism
• Provide you with a set of techniques that you can apply to both text and devised work
• Ground techniques in theory, linking to key practitioners throughout.

Cheryl Stapleton draws on her theatrical training with Philippe Gaulier, Marcello Magni and Annabel Arden (founder members of Theatre de Complicité) along with her passion for the work of Steven Berkoff, to lead this intensive masterclass that will immerse you in the Theatre of Expressionism.
  Steven Berkoff  
  The workshop will cover:

Corporeal Mime starting from isolations and ‘plastiques’ this will lead into rhythm and synchronisation. Working with the metronome beat to control and syncopate movement, finding precision, choral movement, expressive ‘mie’ (Kabuki). This is about working from the body to the mind, bridging the gap between impulse and image, allowing the body to create the image for the mind; wearing the emotion on the outside.
The Expressionist Mask exaggerated characterisation using body, face and voice to create a stylised total character mask without the need of the physical item of the mask.
The Chorus of Heightened Expression Creating psychological and physical environments with a group of performers; using tension states and ‘masks’ to create choral tableau that mirror, amplify, comment on the emotions of the protagonist.
The Grotesque Human-Animal Individually and as a chorus we will work with animal states and exaggeration, exploring extracts from plays such as Metamorphosis.
Physicalisation of Language Vocal patterning, vocal effects, range, emphasis, exaggeration, soundscaping, choral voice, taking the imagery into the voice.
The Actor-Spectator Dynamic Direct address; illeism; asides and comic timing.

Cost Students/Equity/Members of The Actors’ Workshop £25, All Others £35

Cheryl Parmenter - Commedia del’Arte    Learning Through Theatre 
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