comments from participants
of 2016/17 workshops
An absolute pleasure and a truly beautifully designed course.
A very insightful experience. I truly feel we had a thorough education on how to audition and also with preparing monologues.
I was dreading another round of auditions when I started the week and that has now transformed into excitement! My pieces felt stale and overworked but with some very practical exercises and redirection I now enjoy performing both. Advice was extremely intuitive and personalised and we were all very differently worked with, depending on our needs.
When it was your time to be worked on you felt the focus completely on you and that it was a very supportive environment. I learned a great deal not just from the tutors but from watching the other members in my group and how they progressed through the week.
I had lost confidence in myself throughout the constant rounds of auditions and was wondering if this is what I wanted. I now feel encouraged in my ability and needed the week with talented, like minded individuals and brilliant tutors to see that. I think the biggest advantage of the week was the confidence it instilled in me.
Completing the workshop week has given me hope again. Your direction and guidance has excited me to be auditioning for schools this year. I'm finding myself more comfortable and at ease about the whole thing, which I think for someone like me is vital.
Preparing for auditions can be a bit lonely process. It's hard not to get stuck into in the confines of your bedroom At the workshops I was able to share my thoughts and work with others and get incredibly detailed feedback and guidance.
The feedback I received improved my monologues but I also learnt many techniques through working on these monologues that I believe I can use for preparing other monologues/roles.
The class size was very small so we got such intimate feedback.
I also leant the importance of how you present yourself in the audition room when not actually doing your monologues- and how important this is! I couldn't recommend it more.
I really liked how detailed everything was; how we tackled things practically and were open to experimenting - from thinking about what happens outside an audition room in preparation to how you would make an entrance ... and of course what lies at the heart; trying to find that truth within your performance but also within yourself - not trying to be anything other than who you are.
I have to say I whole heartedly admired how 'human' it felt and how real. It felt like a safe and free space to express- physically, emotionally, vocally and in all ways- a space to unleash.
I don't feel so scared anymore. We're all people and we all have a story to tell. The beauty of performance is that we get to share a whole bunch of them.
We all have that voice in our heads that doubts our capabilities . And sometimes what can seem like a failed audition experience can magnify that doubt but coming to this workshop has helped me stop doing this and boost my determination. They've made me realise just why we fight for the things we love and reconfirmed all the reasons I've made the choice to continue along this path.
Helped massively in silencing the evil gremlin that lives on our shoulders and criticizes every decision we make. I have come away with a lot more confidence in myself and my artistic decisions.
I had a wonderful time. The atmosphere created by the tutors was one of safety and warmth.
Eye opening, a lot of fun and... invaluable.
I learnt a lot about the process from the panels perspective, which has given me a vital edge I believe. In addition I gathered some very important information and learnt techniques that I hope will secure me a place next year.
Being unsuccessful in the first audition rounds, you start to question your ability, so with the feedback I received, this course has rekindled my fire and spirit.
Throughout the week I gained skills that I didn't even know I needed. I learned things that helped me self critic and self improve. The directions that I was given will help me with any new audition pieces that I may look at in the future. I gained confidence both in acting and in myself. It really helped having people who´d been panellists because it helped me learn what to do and what not to do, what makes a good audition and what makes a bad one. I truly think that the things I learned during the week will massively aid me in my auditions.
I wanted to take a year out to make sure that acting is what I want to do and after this workshop I know that it is what I want to do. I know that I want to train at drama school because I only got a taster and loved every minute of it.
Massive understanding on how to work on and deconstruct text and find the truth and genuine meaning behind thought process and character actions/motive. Confidence in selecting suitable-relatable monologues.