Acting For Classical Text – Beginner A 3-day beginners course for Acting for Classical Text
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Short Courses for Adults

Acting For Classical Text – Beginner

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    Beginners, age 18+

  • Dates

    Friday 5 – Sunday 7 April 2024

  • Tuition


  • Location

    Downside Road, Bristol

  • Cost


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The immersive, three-day Acting for Classical Text short course is designed as an introduction to skills for analysing classical texts and performing characters believably. This course is suitable if you are completely new to acting, act as a hobby or are considering full-time conservatoire training as a next stop. Over the duration of the course, you will gain a practical understanding of the nuances of classical text, including language, verse, historical context and body language, with ample opportunities to engage in hands-on scene work. 

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School offers a fun and nurturing environment in which to pursue your creative ambitions. The support and feedback available from your tutor will help you develop your natural talents and confidence in theatre acting.


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> Learn how to navigate the language of classical texts – heightened language, verse, iambic pentameter and poetic forms;
> Understand the meaning and historical context of classical text and use it to inform your character portrayal;
> Hone skills in using body language and movement to embody characters;
> Apply these skills in hands-on scene work from classical plays, focusing on interaction, pacing and conveying emotional depth.

This is a full-time, Friday-Sunday course. Sessions run from 09:30 to 17:00. This course is taught in our rehearsal studios at Downside Road.

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The training provided by the MFA programme is superb. The depth with which we explore, paired with unyielding curiosity that is met with the most knowledgeable, passionate, expert tutors is what makes BOVTS programme one of the finest around. I feel honoured to call BOVTS my grad school. Rachel McVay, MA Professional Acting Student