Drama

  • Become more confident and expressive
  • Work as a team
  • Learn new skills
  • Perform on stage

We have expanded our Adult Drama department with a fascinating range of new courses designed to intrigue, excite and develop life and career skills.

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Voice & Verse

18+, Mondays 19.00 - 20.30

6th September - 29th November (6 weeks, £72) Discover your true voice with these ground-breaking classes at the Conservatoire. We'll examine how we breathe and how we speak, establish the basics of articulation and vocal resonance, utilise classical verse as a gateway into expressing structured thought, and explore dynamics of spatial awareness leading to a greater sense of physical presence. Tidal breath, signature voice, vowels, consonants, plosives and continuants: from everyday conversation to weekly work presentations, speaking will never be the same again.

Tutor: Stephanie Osztreicher

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Adult Drama 1

Adult Drama

18+, Tuesdays 19.30 – 21.30

7th September - 30th November (12 weeks, £162) Improve your confidence, self-expression and performance, culminating in an end of term production in a working theatre. Open to adult students of all ages and levels, the course allows you to get back into theatre as we use great play texts to train together in different acting techniques, from comedy and melodrama, to naturalism and epic theatre.

Tutor: Simon Geal

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ES 2

English Speaking

18+, Thursdays 19.00 - 20.00

9th September - 2nd December (12 weeks, £102) Are you a non-native English speaker who is fed up of people saying “what?” “sorry?” “say again” or misunderstanding you? Accent softening is designed to identify problems with English Pronunciation and provide clear strategies and exercises to deal with them. The accent model is “General British”, a modern standard pronunciation which can be understood by all English speakers. You will discover how to do unfamiliar vowel and consonant sounds, and learn about relative vowel lengths, spelling-to-sound, aspects of connected speech, fluency, intonation and general clarity. All backed up with detailed notes and audio

Tutor: David Bauckham

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Read Between The Lines

Read Between The Lines - Play Reading Group

Thursdays 11.00 - 13.00

9th September - 2nd December (12 weeks, £192) Read Between The Lines is a weekly play-reading group – book club meets theatre chit-chat, if you like! Each week we’ll discuss and read a different play, from a diverse variety of writers, and have a wide-ranging discussion about it. It’s a chance to immerse ourselves in the lives of a vast array of characters for a couple of hours and enjoy their stories. We will look at broader themes too: the historical context of the work, how we’d imagine it might be staged, and indeed, versions we may well have seen ourselves. Time permitting, we’ll look at playing a few scenes, book in hand, to see how differently they can be approached. The group will be run by actor, writer and comedian Niall Ashdown. He has worked with some of the most innovative companies in Britain, including Kneehigh and Improbable. He is a hugely experienced comedy improviser, frequently appearing at the Comedy Store. He teaches improvisation and drama at leading UK drama schools. As with all of Niall’s teaching, the emphasis of Read Between The Lines will very much be on finding a fun and playful approach.

Tutor: Niall Ashdown

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Authentic Accents

Authentic Accents

Thursdays 20.00 - 21.00

9th September - 2nd December (12 weeks, £102) Learn how to acquire and analyse a range of regional and international accents of English. Learn what makes speakers of a common language sound so different, using techniques involving detailed analysis of contrasting sounds, articulation, speech melodies and dialect words. You must have a good level of spoken English to take this course. For more specific and tailored speech tuition, please visit the individual Tuition section on pages 5 and 6 for more information

Tutor: David Bauckham

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