Acting For Contemporary Theatre – Intermediate A 5-day intermediate acting course

Short Courses for Adults

Acting For Contemporary Theatre – Intermediate

Key Information
  • Suitable for

    Intermediate, age 18+

  • Dates

    Monday 22 – Friday 26 July 2024

  • Tuition


  • Location

    Downside Road, Bristol

  • Cost


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The intermediate level Acting for Contemporary Theatre course explores the intricacies of performing modern scripts, with an emphasis on realism and authenticity in performances. You will develop your ability to analyse scripts, deliver naturalistic dialogue, explore character psychology and hone physical as well as vocal expression. You will engage in hands-on scene work from contemporary plays, with a focus on interaction with other actors and enhancing emotional depth. The course culminates in a presentation of individual scenes and an ensemble showcase.

This course builds upon the foundational skills taught as part of the beginner level Acting for Contemporary Theatre course in April 2024. However, it is not mandatory to attend the beginner level course prior to attending the intermediate course. We welcome individuals with a working knowledge of performing contemporary texts to sign up directly to this course.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School offers a fun and nurturing environment in which to pursue your creative ambitions. The School is a world leader in acting training, and the support available from your tutors will help you develop your natural talents and confidence in performance design.

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> Explore the language, structure and themes of modern scripts, and develop techniques such as ‘actioning’ to deliver dialogue in a natural and authentic way;
> Gain an understanding of character psychology and physical expression to perform relatable, modern characters;
> Hone skills in vocal expression, including pitch, intonation, diction and accent choices ;
> Engage in hands-on scene work, present individually prepared scenes and perform in a final showcase as an ensemble.

This is a full-time, Monday to Friday short course. Sessions run from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm. This course is taught in our acting studios at Downside Road.

The culture at BOVTS is encouraging, respectful, welcoming and empowering; the environment and buildings are beautiful and I found Bristol to be one of the most wonderful cities in which to spend summer! Lindy Yeates, Foundation Course Student