As our two play performance groups get stuck into rehearsing Lucy Kirkwood's NFSW and Will Eno's Middletown, I wanted to write a series of blog posts to support the work they are doing in rehearsal. But it's also written for the general reader, and reflects some of the difficulties and confusions I encountered when I was a beginner actor.
In the spirit of sharing more of who we are, what interests us and what we do, here is a wee conversation between our director Sarah O'Toole, and our Physical Theatre and Devising tutor, James Riordan, about his performance career and about his upcoming course Physical Theatre and Devising with Galway Actors Workshop which starts on 3rd October. (Learn more here)
Autumn is the perfect time to get out yourself out of the house and into the limelight!
GAIN BASIC ACTING SKILLS * EXPLORE PHYSICAL THEATRE * IMPROVE YOUR VOICE * WORK WITH SCRIPTS * GET COMFORTABLE ACTING IN IRISH OR IN FRONT OF A CAMERA * PERFORM IN PUBLIC * GO ON A CREATIVE ADVENTURE * WRITE A PLAY * BE IN A PLAY.
OR JUST COME ALONG FOR THE CRAIC...
Starting on September 18th, our 12 week Autumn Term is your perfect first or next step into the world of theatre, film and performance, covering a broad range of interests at different levels of experience - from students who’ve always wanted to “give it a try” to those who've done a couple of courses before to professional actors who would like to learn some new specialised skills. Our Improvers courses all have some form of theatre performance at the end, giving students valuable stage experience.
For students who might want to take a combination of classes there are package discounts available.
All courses take place in the Anno Santo Hotel, Salthill, Galway. We also offer private one to one lessons and are currently finalising details for courses in Acting for Camera, Acting in Irish, Playwrighting and a new multi-disciplinary course called The Third Place to be finalised in the next couple of weeks.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO BOOK, FILL OUT OUR CONTACT FORM, EMAIL GALWAYACTORSWORKSHOP@GMAIL.COM OR CALL SARAH ON 087 237 3531.
Our Introduction to Acting course is on Thursday nights, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. This course is for beginners or those who haven’t done it in a while and are looking to get back into it in a relaxed, enjoyable way. We cover all the basics through various games, exercises and improvisations and the main focus is on developing confidence, getting comfortable performing in front of others, learning how to create characters and settings and most importantly, having fun. Starts 21st September. Runs 12 weeks. Cost is €250/225, with an early bird rate of €235/210 if you book before 7th September. Tutors are Sarah O'Toole and Darragh O'Brien.
***SPECIAL PACKAGE DISCOUNT OF €500/460 (STUDENT/UNEMPLOYED) IF YOU BOOK TWO OF THESE COURSES TOGETHER***
The Next Stage: Physical Theatre and Devising on Tuesday nights starting 3rd October from 6.30 to 9.30pm, is an intensive course which focuses helping students to explore and develop how they use their bodies on stage. The course takes place over 10 weeks, but will have the full 12 classes, as there will be extra sessions on dates agreed by group at the outset in order to rehearse for the final performance.
We will encounter different theories and practices of physical theatre from rhythm and movement to body and voice work. We will explore text, lifting the words from the page and taking them into our creative bodies through a series of exercises and assignments. Through Devising we will learn how to work as an effective ensemble, to listen and lead and to explore new ways to create character, story and dramatic tension.
The course will end in a devised showcase performance in the Town Hall Studio on 11th December. Some acting is experience required. Cost is €300/280 (student/unwaged) with an early bird rate of €280/260 if you book before 7th September. Tutor is James Riordan.
The Next Stage: Voice, Text and Professional Skills on Monday nights starting 18th September, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, is an intensive course which focuses on helping students to explore and develop their voices and enhance their skills in working with dramatic text. Over 12 weeks, we will use an established text as a jumping-off point for this work, and the course will end in a showcase performance in the Town Hall Studio on 11th December where students will perform scenes and monologues. We will also have a workshop on audition skills and professional development. Some acting experience and an interest in the acting industry is required. Cost is €300/280 (student/unwaged) with an early bird rate of €280/260 if you book before 7th September. Tutors are Sarah O'Toole and Darragh O'Brien.
Our Play Performance course is on Wednesday nights from 7-10pm. This is by application only and is for experienced students who would like to get involved in a full-length production of a play which will be shown in the Town Hall Studio from 6th to 9th December. Please email as soon as possible, outlining your experience and the play itself will be chosen based on the core group. Starts 20th September. Runs 12 weeks with some extra rehearsals at the end to be agreed with group. Cost is €300/280 (student/unemployed) with an early bird rate of €280/260 if you book before 7th September. Tutors are Sarah O'Toole and Darragh O'Brien.
FEEL LIKE SOMETHING TO DO ON THESE LENGTHENING SPRING EVENINGS?
This six-week intensive course is ideal both for picking up the basics of acting and getting out of the house to meet people. Suitable for beginners or those who haven’t done it in a while and are looking to get back into it in a relaxed, enjoyable way.