In the morning we had we had Tim Welton talk to us about working in theatre. He talked about how he got into theatre. He said he went into RADA and kept part time jobs on the side of his course along with going into auditions. He also talked about making our CVs for auditions and we looked at some that were made up. We had a girl who put all the correct information on her page how ever she didn’t have a variety of pictures of her on stage and head shots it all looked like the same photo. We also learnt about the casting and that when people cast it’s based on how they look sometimes and I think I have an advantage because I am quite short I can play younger characters which gives me the upper-hand because can play from a young child to an adult. I thought this was a good session because it gave me a better understanding on what to do after the course and how to get jobs easier.
Next we were visited by Danusia Iwaszko (or Danny) she is a playwright and has written plays such as “one glass wall” and “labour of love”. She had done acting before she did writing and when she started writing she found out that it was 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration and when you are criticized you need to bounce back from it and learn from it not get hung up over it. I really enjoyed this session because i have always had an interest in writing so talking to Danny really helped me with what to do if I wish to go down that path.
In the morning we were told we were going to do a presentation on an event. We were then put into groups, my group was with Thalia, Ryan, Molly, Armin and Karolis. We were chosen to research the “Pulse festival in Ipswich”. we went off and assigned jobs to ourselves in our groups and started researching. Ryan started planning the power point and while the rest of the team researched the theatre. I was typing the information down that people had found however I don’t this this was the best way to work because I had three different people all telling me different information so I could of missed out some critical information. Next we went back to the dance studio and Hannah told us the do’s and don’ts of a good presentation.
Use appropriate language
Speak loudly and clearly
Say you have handouts at the beginning of the presentation
Be prepared (Lots of practice)
Practice in-front of friends and family before you go and do your presentation and always ask for feedback
Make it visually interesting (No white font on dark backgrounds)
Engage the audience (Do a question and answer session at the end of the presentation)
Vary your tone in your voice
Don’t include all the information in the slides (it gets boring and your reading off of the slides)
Don’t give the handouts out at the begging of the presentation (The audience will read them and then there is no point in listening to the presentation)
Don’t read off the slide
Don’t cross your arms or fiddle with your clothes etc
Don’t speak like you don’t care (the audience will get very bored very quickly)
Don’t be dull (Again the audience will get bored and switch off)
Don’t overload people with information
Don’t include any irrelevant pictures (Although entertaining it could confuse the audience)
Don’t rush through the presentation
Don’t block peoples view (If people are taking notes they will miss information and get annoyed)
Don’t over practice
Don’t stall the presentation
Don’t use slang/ colloquialisms
Don’t try to be funny (if the joke fails to be funny it could create an awkward atmosphere that is difficult to over come)
Don’t turn your back on the audience (unless your writing on the board)
While the people in our house were rehearsing we practiced “any old iron” and also learnt after the ball where I learnt that when i’m singing my voice is better with that genre of song.
Erica Dupuy came and talked to us about stand up comedy. She covered many important topics one which I thought was the most important was coming up with material for the stand up. When you ware trying to find material you need to observe your surroundings and see what you can pull out of different situations to make them funny, some scenarios may not even be true but make sure that there is some element of truth in them or the situation would be forced. When you come up with your material google it to make sure that no one else has got it because you should never take someone eles’s material. When you preform your material always do it with confidence and establish your “status” with the audience. if you give off a high status to the audience then you can get away with jokes that someone with a low status can’t get away with. I found this session particularly interesting because I have always admired comedians and wondered how they come across their jokes. I learnt that looking at the world at a different angle and looking for a funny side in each situation to get inspiration for your material.
Next we watched some videos about different roles in the theatre besides acting.
* Creates an illusion by using body movement to tell the story
* Trust plays a big part when doing choreography because if you are falling on to another person you need to have complete faith that that person will catch you.
* Rufus Norris
* National theatre (a big theatre company)
* Was an actor for a while
* Spends time talking to directors to see what they need to cast and what they need to look likeable what experience they need.
* Looks at actors profiles and keeps tabs on them. If one actress was used in a production before with the same director the casting associate will keep an eye on their page so when the director needs then they are easy to find.
* Doesn’t have a final say. They may pick the people to cast but they don’t have the final say the director has the final say.
* makes small models of the stage and re creates it
* Artists. The people that go into the this part of makingbtheatrw have to be very good with their hands and using their imaginations. They also have to know the play inside out so they know what to include at what time and the state movements as well
* washes clothes and fixes clothes when actors are finished with them also when they are bustling on and off stage they fix any loose threads or rips.
* Makes sure everything is in its place actorsvand actresses have to make quick changes so they can’t put everything back to its rightful place while they are changing so they have to make sure nothing is missing.
* Sewing is an effective skill to have especially if you can do it quickly, if someone’s costume has ripped then they have the responsibility to fixing it quickly and neatly.
I thought this session was good because it gave me a better insure on how things worked and opened my mind to new possibilities.
We were visited by a performing arts company to discuss touring as a theatre company. When funding for a tour you need to take into consideration for:
Travel (insurance, petrol, etc)
Venue and booking
Sets, props, costume and technical equipment
The actors, musicians, technical support, sound and lighting design and musical director
Marketing (leaflets, paper work, photographer and website)
Most of the list costs a minimal of £50 however the director costs £1200! And having to pay insurance for you car isn’t cheap either, you also have to move the cast and the equipment and depending on how big the cast is the bigger the cast the more expensive it is to move everyone and find accommodation for them (£20 each). You would have to pay for all of this with your own money but you can also ask for donations from the public to pay for it all. You could collect money by:
We also discussed the golden rules in theatre. I liked discussing this because it gave me a bit more confidence and made me realise that when performing or doing a presentation I should give it all my energy.
We talked about what jobs we could get if we pursued a career in acting. I found out that if I wanted to go into acting I need a job that was a free lance job, agency work, or a zero hour job contract.
Waiting on tables
Model for art classes
All these jobs are good jobs to have if you want to have an acting career because you can have people to cover your shift or you can make your own holiday times.
Next session we listened to some adverts and then were asked to make our own advert for any place or product. My group chose to do an advert for conservatoire EAST and we first talked about what catch phrase we should use, we worked around the phrase being about dreams and then thought of the phrase “Conservatoire EAST where your dreams matter”. We then thought about what we needed to include in the script which was preforming arts, dance, media studies, musical theatre, production arts and music. When we recorded the advert we realised there was some background noise but thought it was good because it gave a more naturalistic feel to it.
For my first session we did audition prep and worked in dancing. We danced to “My old bamboo”. I found this extremely difficult when I had to keep up with the music, I think that this was because when I practiced the steps I practiced them slowly instead of quickly to the speed of the song. Then the group sat down and the year twos began to give us advice on what to do after the course. This was really good because it opened my mind to more possibilities.
Next we had an actor musician talk to us called Birgitta Kenyon, she talked to us about jobs and how you could start preforming in bars and at weddings or funerals. I also learnt that to get some jobs open mic nights are good. I liked this session however it’s not a pathway I would chose. It was useful because it showed me part time jobs again and what you can give to the community.
At the end of the day most of the groups preformed their presentations. We preformed ours.
I noticed that when we preformed our piece I said “um” and “uh” a lot during the presentation which I thought I had avoided so I had done it out of habit. I thought we did well during our presentation and that we included all the information we only had one question from the audience and no one seemed lost during the presentation. I thought that Justin’s group was really good because they covered all the important information and they didn’t rush at all so I managed to make plenty of notes during their speech. Their presentation was about Edinburgh Fringe festival, the group included what genres of productions they put on and a little bit of history was included, they had clear voices all the way through out the presentation so I never had to ask them to repeat themselves.