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

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SATURDAY 29th September 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm

DAVID COLLINS is a veteran Shakespearian actor with a lifetime of experience across the industry – ranging from the RSC and the National Theatre to the BBC Shakespeare films and more recently, Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory. He taught at Guildhall School of Music and Drama for ten years. We are delighted to welcome him to The Actors’ Workshop to lead this masterclass. David will delve into the conventions of Elizabethan Verse, teaching you how to understand and use the language to tell the story and inhabit the character.

Cost Students/Equity £25, Full Price £35
The Actors’ Workshop College Foundation Course FREE
POWER OF THE ENSEMBLE with Hannah Drake  
SATURDAY 6th October 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm

The ensemble is at the heart of theatre-making, but why is it so powerful and how do you build it most effectively? Join director Hannah Drake to explore the philosophy behind an ensemble approach to creating theatre. Inspiring for actors and directors alike, during the day you will take part in exercises and games used to build a bonded, supportive and creative company as well as look at how this can be translated into ensemble performance.

HANNAH DRAKE is a Theatre Director, Dramaturg and Producer based in the South West of England. She is Co-Founder and Artistic Director for site-specific specialists Insane Root Theatre Company. In 2017 she was Resident Director to the UK Tour of Jane Eyre for the National Theatre/BOV, assisting Sally Cookson. Hannah trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (2009-10) where she was awarded the Elsa Roberts Prize for Directing. She subsequently spent a year on placement at the Rondo Theatre in Bath, where she remains an Associate Director. In addition to directing she has dramaturged a number of plays (Orpheus & Eurydice, Snow Maiden, The Bluebird, Lockdown, Brave Tin Soldier) and acted as Script Reader for the Tobacco Factory, Rondo Theatre and Bristol Old Vic. She is involved in all the adaptations by Insane Root.

Cost Students/Equity £25, Full Price £35
DEVISING FROM SCRATCH – with John Nicholson  

SATURDAY 13th October 2018 – 10.00am to 3.30pm

This session will approach the theatre devising process from a variety of starting points; working with characters, planning scenes to improvise, using games to inject dramatic stakes, refining material that is produced, use of dramaturgy, working with music, working from a theme, a poem, a short story, a newspaper article, an overheard conversation etc. We will also look at alternative directorial decisions that can be explored for the same scene. If you have an idea that you'd like to explore then you are more than welcome to present it. This workshop is suitable for actors, writers and directors with varying levels of experience.

JOHN NICHOLSON is a writer, director and performer. He is Co-Artistic Director of Peepolykus, one of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies whose sublimely ridiculous style of anarchic comedy has been compared to The Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton and Monty Python. As a writer, his work includes Dracula: The Bloody Truth, The Massive Tragedy of Madame Bovary, co-written with Javier Marzan for Peepolykus and The Hound of the Baskervilles, co-written with Steven Canny for Peepolykus. He has also written extensively for BBC Radio, including Richard’s Rampage, and the four-part series Trespasser’s Guide to the Classics (2015). As an actor, he has numerous television credits, particularly across the BBC and ITV.

Cost Students/Equity £25, Full Price £35

SLAPSTICK AND FARCE with Cheryl Stapleton  
  SATURDAY 20th October 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm

With roots that can be traced back to Roman and Renaissance comedies, the physicality of farce and its ability to shock and please in equal measure have placed it at the core of popular entertainment for centuries. Social, sexual or political transgression frequently drive the narrative with the lampooning of familiar stock character types, updated for each generation (think of Fawlty Towers, Bottom and even South Park!)

This masterclass will explore:
• Absurd physical gags and routines
• Exaggerated characterisations and stock types
• Improbable situations and disguises
• Stage craft, including chase sequences
• Quick fire dialogue, grummelot (gibberish) language
• Comic techniques such as, double takes, trips and pratfalls, repetition
  and timing
• Audience interaction

Extracts from Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Tartuffe and One Man, Two Guvnors will be used with handouts to accompany the masterclass. Ideal CPD for teachers and directors or intensive training for performers wishing to extend their physical comedy potential.

Cost Students/Equity £25, Full Price £35
  SLAPSTICK AND FARCE with Cheryl Stapleton  
Creating physical Performances  
  SATURDAY 27th October 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 award-winning stand up, writer and actor Angie Belcher, this masterclass 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 masterclass 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. ANGIE BELCHER is an award winning stand-up and performance poet (Finalist What the Frock Best Comedy National Newcomer 2015 and North East Theatre Best Spoken Word Show 2015) Equally at home on the stand-up circuit as in a posh tent at a literature festival (“Razor sharp tight observational routine with a high laughter content” B247) Angie presents naughty stanzas and awkward stories. 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.

“Highly recommended, go see her”, Phil Jupitus

Cost Students/Equity £25, Full Price £35
  Angie Belcher  
The Theatre of Expressionism Paul Dudbridge
  TWO SATURDAYS - 10th + 17th November 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm

We are delighted to welcome back director/cameraman PAUL DUDBRIDGE, whose introductory masterclasses on acting for camera were a huge hit last year.

Over the course of two Saturdays, Paul 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?

PAUL DUDBRIDGE is a director of photography/director shooting feature films, dramas, corporates, music videos, documentaries and commercials. He is the founder/director of Hanover Pictures, producing feature films, television, music videos, corporates and commercials. Most recently, Paul was nominated for best director on his digital sci-fi series “Horizon” at the Royal Television Society WOE awards 2016 and for cinematography by Melbourne WebFest 2016 for the same show. His first book, Shooting Better Movies: The Student Film-makers' Guide is now available from MWP.

Cost Students/Equity £25, Full Price £35
  SATURDAY 24th November 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm

INSANE ROOT is an award-winning site-specific theatre company born in Bristol. Co-founders Hannah & Justin will take you through their process of adapting classic stories to unusual spaces: from what makes an effective performance space to how to cut a script to the logistics of actually putting a production on.
In this 1-day masterclass you will create your own mini site-specific production, exploring how atmosphere, sound and storytelling combine with location to reinvigorate stories and characters that you might have dismissed.

HANNAH DRAKE is a Theatre Director, Dramaturg and Producer based in the South West of England. JUSTIN PALMER trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the University of Bristol. He has worked extensively across the UK in theatre, film, TV and voiceover. Together, they run INSANE ROOT - a Bristol-born theatre company that reimagines classic plays and stories by presenting them in unusual locations. They are passionate about making the inaccessible accessible - from bringing life to abandoned sites and making Shakespeare a visceral experience, to sharing an open discourse with audiences and collaborators. They believe theatre is most powerful when it is inclusive and personal and aim to create shows that are exciting, immersive and unforgettable.

Cost Students/Equity £25, Full Price £35
  INSANE ROOT MACBETH at the Redcliffe Caves - Picture by Jamie Corbin  
  SATURDAY 1st DECEMBER 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm

At the core of physical theatre is the ability to tell a story through the connection and communication of physical bodies in the space. This masterclass looks at how every day, pedestrian behaviours can become a language for theatre and how our bodies often speak louder than words.

You will explore:
• The nature of the ensemble and developing complicité
• Rhythms, repetition and physical patterning
• Creating spaces
• Corporeal mime solos, duets and choral work
• Use of music, song, text and soundscaping
• Techniques from dance and contact improvisation

We will look at the work of Frantic Assembly, DV8, Kneehigh and Complicité, with reference to practitioners such as Jacques Lecoq, Artaud, Berkoff and Grotowski. This masterclass provides ideal CPD for teachers and directors, intensive movement training for performers and acting training for dancers and physical artists. No dance or movement experience is needed, though the willingness to make physical contact with others is essential.

Cost Students/Equity £25, Full Price £35
MICHAEL LOADER SATURDAY 8th DECEMBER 2018 - 10.00am to 3.30pm

In the beginning was the Word but before the birth of the word was the Story…

A practical day of exploring how to tell and not tell stories, through the role of actor and audience, using the word, mask, body, gesture, object and sound. Come with a question come with an answer, come with an absolute come with a chancer.

Tell a story, tell the truth, tell a lie. Tell a story without words, hearing and knowing…

Storyteller, writer, teacher and Fool MICHAEL LOADER has been treading the boards, working in his shed and drawing inspiration from life and imagined encounters in the worlds of education, community and charity projects, residential care for youngers and elders, the arts and corporations at ‘home and abroad’ for a fair few years and more. Director of Somerset Storyfest and Wild Words resident company at St George’s Bristol, he also works for the Read For Good charity in children’s hospitals and the Hands Up project with schools in Syria and Palestine

Cost Students/Equity £25, Full Price £35
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