Throughout our courses we balance our teaching with performances. The teaching in each department relates to the performance blocks in rehearsal.
The first year focuses on class work and technique before students move on to perform short scenes from contemporary scripts. Work then begins on Chekhov and Shakespeare’s first folio and the year culminates in a Devised Performance in a small central London theatre in front of an invited audience of family and friends.
In the second year students start off with a mask and clowning workshop before moving onto Shakespeare comedy and finally, joining students from the 1 Year Diploma course, perform pantomimes which tour local primary schools.
Moving into the new year students on the 2 Year Diploma course progress onto Restoration and fully staged 19th century plays. The final terms begins with a film/TV project and the Graduation Showcase before students join their colleagues on the 1 Year Diploma course for the Graduation Productions, playing at least one major role as close as possible to their likely casting in the profession.
Throughout the course there is the opportunity to hone talents which an actor may be called upon to use. There is an annual cabaret, singing concerts and a dance and singing performance.
As an acting school we focus on just that. As the courses progress we add more and more production values. At the start of each course, the performances are ‘bare bulb’ shows without sound or costume. These are added to steadily by our directors and our in house technician and wardrobe mistress, until we reach the final public performances when we have a large crew of freelance technicians from all specialisms to mount full productions.
2 Year Diploma in Professional Acting
Despite my age, which in retrospect works in my favour, training at DSL has been one of the best life choices I have made. For that I will be forever grateful.