This introductory course will provide practical experience of being an integral member of an ensemble theatre group, giving you the opportunity to explore the collaborative processes involved in creating performance.
You will develop skills that enable you to exploit and realise the dramatic possibilities of a variety of texts before concentrating on Fear and Misery in the Third Reich by Bertolt Brecht.
Through the exploratory work you will –
• build on group contributions
• use a range of dramatic conventions and performance elements
• shape and structure a performance
• examine appropriate style and genre
• demonstrate collective intentions for an audience
You will reflect, evaluate and document throughout the process, responding to constructive feedback to further develop your group work.
Together, you will take collective responsibility for realising the design and production requirements of the performance and present the show on the last week of the course to an invited audience.
The ensemble is limited to 14 students.
What you will learn
You will work at developing a strong collaborative ethic, gaining appropriate techniques that will give you the ability to work with effective communication and focused skills in workshop rehearsals and in performance.
You will explore important ideas in ensemble acting through psychophysical training inspired by three major practitioners: Jacques Lecoq, Michael Chekhov and Konstantin Stanislavski.
By the end of this class you will:
– Understand how to plan and prepare for ensemble work
– Know the essential building blocks of effective ensemble acting
– Be able to identify specific ensemble behaviour and actions
– Be able to use ensemble skills in exploring stimulus and acting technique
– Be able to rehearse for a devised performance and then perform it.
Topics covered include:
– Rehearsal as a process of discovery
– The creation of an ensemble
– Individual ideas, intensions and concepts
– Research and improvisation
– Group intentions.
Structure and duration
Our course is delivered over 11 consecutive weekly classes, equating to eight contact hours per week. We continuously assess your work throughout the course and give extensive feedback. You will be encouraged to critically interrogate your own practice through self-assessment and group discussion.
Level and requirements
A high level of dedicated commitment is required for the ensemble group. This is not a beginners acting class. The course is physically demanding and requires great commitment and the ability to work collaboratively. You must attend all days to be able to participate in the final performances.
You must also be at least 18 years old at the start of the course – there is no upper age limit. If you are a non-native English speaker, you will need IELTS level 6.
There are no additional academic requirements.
What to bring with you
As part of the training you will be given exercises that will help you develop the appropriate skills to be able to devise your own work. Basic props will be available to you. However, you may need to source your own additional props as required.
– Wear comfortable clothing you can move freely in
– Bring a pen and notepad and a script book to makes notes
About your tutor
Behsat Ahmet is an interdisciplinary theatre maker, practitioner and dramaturge with a strong reputation for creating live performance across diverse media on both sides of the Atlantic. His practice spans theatre, actor training, dance, and somatic movement practices, scenography and authoring for intermedial theatre productions. Behsat gained an MFA in Actor Training at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. He also has an MSc [in Dance Science] from Trinity Laban Conservatoire and studied acting for camera in New York City. Behsat currently teaches theatre practice at Kingston University.