Throughout our courses we balance our teaching with performances.
During this time you will begin to understand the nature and the language of actor training and what it means to be a professional actor: exploring your creativity, gaining confidence, and finding strategies for dealing with fear and self-consciousness.
Basic skills are taught in technical classes of movement, voice and speech and a whole series of acting classes, followed by short scene study performances. In the TV and Radio studios, you begin to explore screen acting and audio techniques.
In the second half of the term you will start with Naturalism and end with full-time rehearsals for a traditional English Pantomime or Christmas themed show, which is traditionally taken on tour by bus to schools in and around Ealing.This format may be subject to change owing to any ongoing restrictions on public interactions.
In the new year you begin with Shakespeare study and performance. Please note that beginning your training with a regional/national dialect is a not a barrier to classical training.
Your TV and audio work continues with an appreciation of period drama, soap operas, radio plays and commercial voice-over work.
This term is completed with a Comedy of Manners production in full period costume. This genre includes the great restoration plays as well as playwrights such as Oscar Wilde and Noel Coward. A familiarity with these difficult texts and their specific demands will be needed should you ever work in this genre and if you can master them in your training, you will feel more at ease when you audition for anything (from Shakespeare to Sitcom) during your career.
Following workshops with industry professionals, you will film and record TV and radio clips with external professionals. The Graduation Showcase usually takes place in a central London venue to which agents, casting directors and other industry professionals are invited. The training then culminates in Graduation Projects including recorded media work and fully staged productions** to which industry professionals are also invited.**
*NB: Course details and structure are subject to change if necessary.
**If it is not possible to mount professional productions, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we will provide all students with a show reel that will equally launch students into the profession.If this is the case, the final term will comprise preparation and filming of the show reels, audio and visual. This will include appropriate sessions in self taping and audio dubbing.