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Mon 25 Nov

Adult Theatre Workshops


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Running Time 1 hour 30 mins

Venue De Grey Rooms

Adult Theatre Workshops

Mon 25 Nov

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Mon 25 Nov



Running Time

1 hour 30 mins


De Grey Rooms


Adult Theatre Workshops

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These workshops cover a wide range of dramatic disciplines and focus on expanding your dramatic experience, confidence and development. Whether you are just beginning to explore acting or are looking to enhance your skills further, participants are always welcome to learn in a comfortable, relaxed environment where the emphasis is on discovery and constructive learning through practical experience.

In preparation for next terms Performance module, our Autumn term classes we will be focusing our attention on exploring different genres of writing from Greek theatre all the way to new writing.

On the Friday before the class each student will be emailed the scene or section that we will be working on. You are not required to learn anything, it’s just so you have the chance to get as familiar with the piece as possible. We will provide copies on the day as well. Should you sign up to the class over the weekend or even on the day itself we will get the text to you ASAP.

16 September – Greek Theatre: Lysistrata by Aristophanes

In a bid to end the Peloponnesian war between rival Greek states Lysistrata persuades woman to deny sex to their husbands or lovers as a means of forcing them to negotiate a peaceful solution! Using the medium of The Chorus this class will explore a section of this dark and bitterly poignant comedy.

23 September – Shakespeare: A Midsummer’s Night Dream

This week we will tackle a section from one of The Bards most loved plays.  We will work on how to approach Shakespeare’s verse from dissecting the text to the staging a scene.

30 September –  Restoration Comedy: She Stoops to Conquer by Olivier Goldsmith

Written in 1773 She Stoops to Conquer is still regularly performed and a great example of Restoration Comedy. In the staging of a section from this classic we will address the challenges posed by this particular genre

7 October – Farce: Bedroom Farce by Alan Ayckbourn

Looking at the lives of 4 couples and set in 3 bedrooms this play is a masterpiece of farcical writing. This week in the staging of a scene from the play we will be focusing on comic timing and working with props.

14 October – Modern American (20th century): A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller

The run of this play will have just been on at York Theatre Royal so a great opportunity to explore one of the world’s greatest writers. Also a chance to try out some different accents

21 October – Classical European Drama: Tartuffe by Moliere

Also known as The Impostor or The Hypocrite, Tartuffe is one of Moliere’s most famous plays. This biting satire was immediately banned by King Louis the XIV after its first performance! Moliere wrote almost exclusively in rhyming couplets which is one of the aspects we will be focusing on in this weeks scene work.

4 November – Modern British (20th century): Private Lives by Noel Coward

This week we will tackle a play by one of Britain’s iconic artists, Noel Coward. Although billed as a comedy of manners Private Lives is also a beautiful love story showcasing Noel coward’s rapier wit and vicious sense of humour.

11 November – Modern European (20th century): Mother Courage by Berthold Brecht

Considered by many as one of the greatest plays ever written Brecht masterpiece is a direct response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland. This class will take on Brecht unique brand of theatre that challenges the audiences interaction with the play

18 November –  Contemporary British: Lungs by Duncan Macmillan

Written in 2013 by one of Britain’s most exciting playwrights, Duncan Macmillan’s distinctive, off-kilter love story finds a couple dealing with the dilemma of bringing a child into this world.  This class will focus on duologues and the approach to new writing.

25 November – Monologues

In the final week of our term we will work on Monologues. Each student will get a chance to work on a piece of direct address and the different challenges that presents and then perform it in front of the class.

This year’s Adult Acting Workshops will be delivered by Niall Costigan and Cassie Vallance. Here’s a little bit about them:

Niall is an Actor and Theatre Maker based in York. He has a BA Hons in Acting from LIPA and works extensively as an actor in Theatre, Film and TV; including the title role in The Legend of King Arthur and A Number at York Theatre Royal. TV credits include CasualtyVera and Emmerdale. As an experienced Director and Workshop leader Niall is really looking forward to sharing his passion for Drama with everyone in the class.

Cassie trained at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire (formally known as the RSAMD) where she received a BA Hons in Acting. She has worked in Theatre and TV throughout her career with credits including Coronation StreetEmmerdaleHollyoaks and Wire in the Blood. Cassie has a passion for creating theatre both as a Devisor, Director and Writer. Her one woman show Barren won the award for merit at the LOST One Act Theatre Festival.