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Short Courses for Adults

Acting For Contemporary Theatre – Beginner

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    Beginners, age 18+

  • Dates

    Friday 12 – Sunday 14 April 2024

  • Tuition


  • Location

    Downside Road, Bristol

  • Cost

    £320 Save 10% when you book on World Theatre Day, 27 March!

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Acting for Contemporary Theatre is an intensive and immersive three-day introduction to acting techniques relevant to contemporary theatre. Whether you have no experience of acting or pursue acting as a hobby, this course will equip you with the skills to bring contemporary scripts to life in an authentic and relatable manner. You will have opportunities to practically explore how language, character development, physicality, movement and collaboration contribute to an impactful performance. 

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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Key highlights

On this course, you will:

> Explore techniques for analysing modern scripts, focusing on themes, language and character dynamics;

> Learn techniques for building authentic characters in the context of contemporary storytelling;

> Hone skills in using physicality and movement to convey emotions, including the use of stage space, subtle gestures and blocking;

> Apply these skills in hands-on scene work from modern plays, with emphasis on dialogue, pacing and emotional authenticity. 

You will have the opportunity to practise and showcase your skills in a supportive and collaborative environment with constructive feedback from your tutor and peers.

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.

Your tutor

Liz Felton

Liz Felton is Artistic Director of The Story Cellar, working as a theatre director, workshop facilitator and storyteller across Bristol and North Somerset.

She specialises in devised theatre and has directed second year acting students at BOVTS for the last 6 years in devised and family theatre projects.

Liz also wrote and directed the BOVTS autumn season 2022 show Wilda and the Winter Whirlwinds. She set up the Adult Company at Bristol Old Vic in 2013 and currently directs their community theatre group Oi Polloi. She also facilitates projects for companies such as Travelling Light and Tobacco Factory Theatres.

I've worked with visiting professionals this year that I never would have even dreamed of working with. It's been an amazing experience. Thomas Donnan, BA Professional Acting Student