This is a demanding course based on the traditional values of classical acting adapted to suit the needs of contemporary media. It is practical, not theoretical, and aims to equip you with all the skills and expertise you need to become a dynamic and courageous actor. So this means, for example, that the assessments you will undertake throughout the course are structured like auditions, rather than like tests, in order to give you experience of working to the highest possible standard in a high stakes situation.
The training is very much student-centered giving time for individual attention.
To audition you must be eighteen or over when the course begins and have thought carefully about pursuing professional acting training. Whilst academic achievement is not a prerequisite for entry, a degree of intellectual and emotional curiosity is important.
Technical classes in acting, voice, movement, applied movement and characterisation, music, film and stage combat. The year ends with an internal production performed to tutors and students.
Technical classes continue with the addition of radio, acting through song, devising and sightreading. Internal performances of a C19th realism play, a Restoration play and recording of a radio production. Public performances of a rehearsed reading, a Schools’ Tour and an outdoor Shakespeare production.
Technical classes continue with additional focus on sightreading, audition technique, workshops and masterclasses and professional development. This year includes public performances at a professional theatre in Oxford, the Trafalgar Studios and Soho Theatre. There is also the Showcase to an invited audience of Casting Directors and Agents at Soho Theatre in London, the recording of a short film on location with a professional crew and the recording of an audio showreel at a professional studio. The Sam Wanamaker Festival at the Globe Theatre, BBC’s Carleton Hobbs radio competition and the Spotlight Prize take place in this year.
The final term of the course takes place in London, where most opportunities for actors start.
Directors who have recently worked with students in their final year include:
- Robin Belfield
- Dan Coleman
- Abigail Graham
- Vicky Jones
- Alexandra Spencer-Jones
- Lisa Spirling
This course is validated by Trinity College London as degree equivalent, Level 6 in the Government’s National Qualification Framework. Equity membership is awarded to all students who complete this course.
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Last updated February 1, 2018