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Acting: Contemporary

Short study - adult and young people

Introduction

This weekend short study course introduces the skills required for performing contemporary theatre texts.

This is an intensive experience and is led by a professional theatre director who works all over the UK. It involves practical exercises designed to challenge and stretch you in a creative and supportive environment.

This contemporary acting course aims to increase your confidence and understanding of how to analyse, explore and rehearse text.

Introduction

This weekend short study course introduces the skills required for performing contemporary theatre texts.

This is an intensive experience and is led by a professional theatre director who works all over the UK. It involves practical exercises designed to challenge and stretch you in a creative and supportive environment.

This contemporary acting course aims to increase your confidence and understanding of how to analyse, explore and rehearse text.

Course outline

This challenging two-day course at the Royal Conservatoire will delve into the art of acting and challenge you to perform to the very best of your ability. It focuses on helping you understand and interpret text from contemporary plays, and discover how you can perform in a truthful and engaging way.

Each morning will begin with a physical and vocal warm up which prepares the body and mind for creative work. This will also give you the opportunity to meet and get to know the other students attending the course.

Following this, you will take part in practical creative exercises as you encounter a variety of texts. These exercises will explore tried and tested acting techniques and expand your knowledge of rehearsal activities.

You will be encouraged to discover different layers of meaning in scenes, and to experiment with ways to interpret this for an audience. Additionally, the course will cover basic vocal and physical skills which can be developed and refined in your own time.

Over the two days you will work on a selection of scenes and monologues from contrasting contemporary plays, both individually and in groups. With the support of the Course Leader you will have the opportunity to use your new skills to bring the text alive.

The course will involve an element of reflection and discussion aimed at deepening understanding and consolidating the practical work. You should be prepared to share work with the other students and take part in feedback sessions.

Financial support



Agnes Allan Bursary

Agnes Allan was a teacher, passionate about inclusion, and this bursary scheme exists to offer support to students to participate in the performing or production arts.

The Agnes Allan Bursary provides some support to students who may require financial assistance to take part in a short course in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

Anyone who wishes to take part in our Lifelong Learning courses and faces a financial barrier can apply for bursary support to help meet the cost of tuition fees.

Applications are now closed for the Agnes Allan bursary.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you. You can also download a FAQs document here: Agnes Allan Bursary FAQs





James McAvoy Drama Scholarships

Bafta winning and Golden Globe nominated actor James McAvoy is committed to nurturing the creative potential of young Scots who experience barriers to access and participate in drama at RCS Lifelong Learning.

James is a graduate of the BA Acting programme at RCS and Patron of the Junior Conservatoire of Drama. The Glasgow-born actor has funded the new James McAvoy Drama Scholarships to enable young people to experience the world-class drama training at RCS as he did.

The scholarship aims to support applicants who would otherwise find meeting the cost of tuition fees at RCS a barrier to accessing pre-Higher Education drama training at the Royal Conservatoire.

The application criteria is as follows:

  • The applicant must be applying for a drama short course at RCS. These courses can be found on the website and can include weekly classes for young people, drama credit rated short courses, drama specialist intensive weekends, summer schools and new company or blended learning experiences. It does not include any course where the subject specialism is dance, music, production or screen. If you would like to clarify whether the course you are interested in is eligible, please contact Lifelong Learning using our contact details below.
  • The applicant must be aged 25 or under at the time of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.
  • The applicant must be resident in Scotland at the point of application, and must be able to provide proof of this status.

How to apply for support from the James McAvoy Drama Scholarships:

  • All applications should be made online. Please click on the link to apply.
  • Your application must be submitted before you apply for a Lifelong Learning course.
  • You will be asked to provide supporting documents with your application. These must be submitted within five working days of your application being received.

Applications are now closed.

If you have any questions about the application process, or require support in accessing our application form in an alternative or accessible format, please contact us on 0141 270 8213 or lifelong@rcs.ac.uk and we will be happy to help you.

Our Frequently Asked Questions for the scholarships can be downloaded here: James McAvoy Drama Scholarships FAQs

Exclusions:

  • The scholarship is intended to meet the cost of tuition fees only at RCS. The costs of travel, subsistence or accommodation are not eligible.
  • There is no restriction on the number of times you are able to apply providing the course applied for is different each time and funds permitting.

The James McAvoy Drama Scholarship has been established to help young Scots who live in challenged communities or circumstances to participate in the drama learning and teaching at RCS.

However, RCS Juniors and Lifelong Learning also benefits from the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme, which exists to support other young people and adult learners who might find affording tuition fees a barrier to participation.

Applicants to the Agnes Allen Bursary scheme can be at any age or stage in their development, from anywhere in the world and their interests can be in dance, drama, music, production or screen.

We accept applications all year round and you can find out more about the Agnes Allen Bursary here.





Drama at 60 Scholarship

The Drama at 60 Scholarship supports talented performers and producers of theatre, film and television gain essential skills and experience as they work towards formal training.

This scholarship offers up to three promising theatre or screen practitioners up to £1,000 to invest in a range of training activities at the Royal Conservatoire. The focus in 2016/17 will be on digital creativity as part of our New Digital Creatives scheme.

The deadline for applications for Drama at 60 Scholarships for 2017/18 is Tuesday 30 June 2017.

Before applying please read the Drama at 60 Scholarship Guidelines 2016.

To apply please send your CV, a short biography, a one-page application statement and a letter of recommendation to lifelong@rcs.ac.uk



Indicative schedule

Saturday: 10am–5pm

Sunday: 10.30am–5.30pm

Entry requirements

This is an open access course with no specific entry requirements.

Students should come to the course willing to participate in a variety of practical and discussion-based exercises

Preparing for your course

You should wear appropriate clothing and footwear suitable for rehearsal work. Comfortable trousers and a t-shirt are ideal, and students are advised to avoid jeans, skirts and items of jewellery.

You should bring along a bottle of water to use in the class.

You may wish to bring a notebook and pen to reflect or take notes of exercises or tasks.

Please note, the Course Leader may send students additional materials closer to the start date.

Short course feedback

“Fantastic fun! And most of all incredibly useful. I loved the course and can’t wait to do more after summer before applying for the undergraduate BA in Acting. It was a wonderful experience full of welcoming, friendly people.”

– Acting: Contemporary student, 2013

 

 

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Offers

Promotional Offers

We offer a selection of promotional offers from 25% off the overall tuition cost for current undergraduate/postgraduate students and staff, to 10% off when two summer schools are booked at the same time.

View a full list of promotional offers here. Contact lifelong@rcs.ac.uk to request your code prior to booking a course.

Who is this course for?

This short study course is suitable for professional actors, community or amateur dramatics performers and teachers who wish to:

  • develop confidence and experience of performing text
  • gain a greater understanding of how the voice and body can be used in performance
  • learn about the basics of character development
  • discover techniques for analysing and interpreting text
  • explore playing scenes and monologues from contemporary plays