Richmond Drama School - Audition Technique (Intensive)

Performing Shakespeare can be a daunting task- however there is a reason why his plays have survived and thrived for so long and during this course you will learn to really appreciate some of them!

Through the course of the week you will begin to learn how to read, understand and speak Shakespeare, cumulating in a performance of some of his work on the final day.

This a practical course hands on, taught class, with a focus on developing acting skills as a whole, using Shakespeare as the performance text

Course Content

The course is a weeklong intensive, practical acting course using Shakespeare’s text as the inspiration for performance.

Focus is given to HOW to perform Shakespeare, with true understanding and communication of the text.

Throughout the week you will participate in class workshops- for example:
• Voice
• Movement
• Alexander Technique
• Projection
• Stage presence
• Improvisation

You will be guided through how to gain confidence as a performer and participate in the final performance as the end of the week.

You will work with other performers, creating and exploring the acting craft.

It is advisable to have a Shakespeare Monologue prepared in advance for you to work on in class.

Safety Information
We want to keep you safe while you are at RHACC and as such all on-site classes will be run under strict social distancing guidelines with smaller class sizes and additional hygiene procedures in place. Please act responsibly and do not attend the class if you display any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or have been in recent contact with someone who has. Please see government advice here.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

There is no formal entry requirement- but this is a practical course and will require participation in class exercises.

A pre-learnt Shakespeare monologue is desirable but not compulsory

You should have English language skills at level 2 (GCSE) if possible so that you can read the texts with confidence – however, level 1 English language skills will not be a barrier to entry to this class.

Assessment Methods

There is no formal written assessment but progress will be monitored by observation and question and answer and learners will be given regular verbal feedback on how to improve.

Additional Information

Some of our courses are now delivered through remote learning, including video conferencing (using Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Skype) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our eLearning support team via the Student Intranet Portal: We are here to help you.

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