Events

Mike Bartlett on adapting King Charles III

Mike Bartlett talks to Francine Stock about adapting his hit play, King Charles III, for the BBC.

Saturday 27 May 2017, 1pm
Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye
Free but ticketed event (tickets available here)

Books:
King Charles III, King Charles III (special edition)

Contributor/Speaker:
Mike Bartlett

Date:  Saturday 27th May 2017 1.00pm
Location:  Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye

Victoria Worsley: A Whole Body Approach to Voice and Breath

A day to explore how talking and breathing involves the whole of you, using the Feldenkrais Method.

What unconscious habits do you have in the way you stand and move that disrupts your breathing, distorts the channel for the breath or means you cannot make best use of the vocal apparatus or resonators? Can you do things differently? Can you roll about, get up and down from the floor, inhabit your character's (possibly terrible!) posture and yet still breathe and use your voice?

Actors' Centre, London
4 June 2017
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Book:
Feldenkrais for Actors - How to Do Less and Discover More

Contributor/Speaker:
Victoria Worsley

Date:  Sunday 4th June 2017
Location:  Actors' Centre, London

Jeannette Nelson: Fall In Love With Your Voice

A one day workshop to explore and develop your vocal technique.

Jeannette Nelson will lead you through the voice exercises she uses at the National Theatre to help you develop or enhance your authentic voice for the stage. You will then apply the techniques to texts of your choice.

Actors' Centre, London
7 June 2017
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Book:
The Voice Exercise Book - A Guide to Healthy and Effective Voice Use

Contributor/Speaker:
Jeannette Nelson

Date:  Wednesday 7th June 2017
Location:  Actors' Centre, London

Lucy Kerbel: Actors' Centre Lunchtime Seminar

Join Lucy Kerbel, director of Tonic Theatre, for an empowering and inspiring discussion about achieving gender equality in theatre – and how you can play your part.

All Change Please: Achieving Gender Equality in Theatre
Part of The Actors Centre Lunchtime Seminars programme
Tristan Bates Theatre, London
Friday 9 June, 1pm - 2pm
Standard Tickets: £10 / £6 for Actors Centre members
Tickets available here

Books:
All Change Please - A Practical Guide to Achieving Gender Equality in Theatre, 100 Great Plays for Women

Contributor/Speaker:
Lucy Kerbel

Date:  Friday 9th June 2017 1.00pm
Location:  Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Mel Churcher: 'The Elements' Preparation Day

A different way to look at text preparation through muscle memory and elemental connections.

Over several decades, Mel Churcher has been developing a toolbox that is successful for preparation work in film and theatre. This is the latest version!

Actors' Centre, London
13 June 2017
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Book:
A Screen Acting Workshop (with DVD)

Contributor/Speaker:
Mel Churcher

Date:  Tuesday 13th June 2017
Location:  Actors' Centre, London

Trilby James: Made to Measure: Monologues to Suit You

A full-day workshop that will help you to understand your casting-type, how to choose a monologue that best suits you, and how to prepare for an audition.

Drawing from an extensive list of contemporary monologues from plays published by Nick Hern Books, you will be able to choose pieces that fit your casting type, that give you scope both dramatically and comically, and that allow you to show case your own individual talent. In the second half we will be exploring the best methods to take a monologue from page to stage and looking at ways to get the most out of an audition.

Actors' Centre, London
14 June 2017
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Books:
Contemporary Duologues: One Man & One Woman, Contemporary Duologues: Two Men, Contemporary Duologues: Two Women, Contemporary Monologues for Women, Contemporary Monologues for Men, Contemporary Duologues Collection - Two Men | Two Women | One Man & One Woman

Contributor/Speaker:
Trilby James

Date:  Wednesday 14th June 2017
Location:  Actors' Centre, London

Paul Harvard: Acting the Audition Song

A one-day workshop to help you to improve your acting through song – by applying some of the best techniques available in contemporary actor-training.

You will learn to how to act and react truthfully and spontaneously – by learning how to follow your impulses in the complex environment of the professional audition room.

Actors' Centre, London
24 June 2017
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Book:
Acting Through Song - Techniques and Exercises for Musical-Theatre Actors

Contributor/Speaker:
Paul Harvard

Date:  Saturday 24th June 2017
Location:  Actors' Centre, London

Thomasina Unsworth: The Strangeness of Sense Memory

Participants will experience the unexpected ways in which the emotions and the imagination are awakened by sensory stimuli.

The workshop serves as an opportunity to re-engage with the everyday world and experience it in a way that is vivid. It works towards strengthening emotional connections and expanding the imagination. We will also look at applications that can be made towards the creation of a character.

Actors' Centre, London
27 June 2017
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Books:
Drama Games for Actors - Exploring Self, Character and Text, Becoming an Actor

Contributor/Speaker:
Thomasina Unsworth

Date:  Tuesday 27th June 2017
Location:  Actors' Centre, London

Harriet Walter on Shakespeare's Women at the How To: Academy

Harriet Walter in conversation with Katherine Rundell at the How To: Academy.

In her glorious career Harriet Walter has played nearly all of Shakespeare's heroines: Ophelia, Portia, Viola, Imogen, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Cleopatra. But where, she asks, does an actress go after playing Cleopatra's death? Why didn't Shakespeare write more – and more powerful – roles for women?

For Walter, the solution was to ignore centuries of tradition and start playing Shakespeare's heroes: a conflicted Brutus in an all-female Julius Caesar, a Henry IV burdened by kingship, an undeceived Prospero – getting inside their skins, inside the unfamiliar stillness that accompanies male power.

But what, she asks, can an actress bring to these roles – and is there any fundamental difference in the way they should be played?

In her new book, Brutus and Other Heroines, Walter levels the playing field, casting a new eye on the choices she made in performing the classic roles: Ophelia (how to join the 'interesting' mad Ophelia with the 'boring' sane Ophelia), Viola (the most self-aware and least comedic character in the comedy), Lady Macbeth ('nobody seems to know her'), Cleopatra (on the cusp of old age yet full of beans, nowhere described as beautiful and yet infinitely sexy, because she has Shakespeare's words...)

Harriet Walter even writes an affectionate and probing letter to their author: 'Dear Will (if I may), I hope you don't mind but I have been playing men recently. I am only following your example. It seems as legitimate for women to play men as it was for boys to play women...'

Join us for a conversation between Harriet Walter and Shakespearean Katherine Rundell on daughters, mothers, wives, widows – and males.

How To: Academy
Monday 3 July 2017, 6:45pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design
16-17 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DR

Tickets available here.

Books:
Brutus and Other Heroines - Playing Shakespeare's Roles for Women, Other People's Shoes - Thoughts on Acting

Contributor/Speaker:
Harriet Walter

Date:  Monday 3rd July 2017 6.45pm
Location:  Condé Nast College of Fashion & Design, London