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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Rachel Warr
  • Course Code W24DMAB03B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

On this course, you will work with an experienced Morley tutor and puppetry specialist alongside a guest professional from Little Angel Theatre. Over two sessions, unpack and explore what you may encounter in a puppetry based audition for theatre. Many theatre companies now use puppetry or object led physical/visual theatre in creating work, and puppetry skills are becoming more widely asked of from performers. Similarly, with puppetry holding a unique place on stage, puppeteers are being seen for auditions more and more. This short course will give you a taster of the kind of exercises, material, tasks and atmosphere of a working audition, in a friendly, supportive and informative environment. Working with objects, materials and also guest puppets, provided by the Little Angel Theatre and two industry professional tutors. We aim to cover the possibilities of “traditional” prepared audition practice, and to prepare you for the unknown possibilities that can happen once you turn up for an audition.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Gain confidence in a group and solo audition context
  • Explore possibilities and tasks that may be undertaken in a puppetry/physical theatre audition context
  • Come into contact with a selection of puppet and puppetry types
  • Work towards being able to identify “the asks” of an audition and to create an appropriate response
  • Receive feedback, and consider areas to work on.

Class format and activities

This course will be taught through: - practical exercises led by course tutors - collaborative group exercises responding to a brief, followed by class review and feedback - set individual exercises undertaken by the student with feedback from course tutors - group discussion led by course tutors - student self review and reflection

Entry requirements

This is an advanced course and prior experience in performance is required. You could be a working professional, or training/learning as a performer or a puppeteer. A good standard of spoken and written/read English.

What you need to know before you enrol

You must be able to attend both sessions on the corresponding weeks. Some homework will be set to be worked on between the sessions and explored in the second session. Whilst we welcome performers of all kinds, exercises and the general focus will be directed towards visual/physical theatre and puppetry. Therefore we will be exploring the kind of content and material covered in auditions used by companies and theatre practice of this nature. Thus, this is NOT a standard acting audition workshop. This is a practical class and you will need to be comfortable working physically and actively participating.

What you need

Comfortable clothing you can move around in Something to allow you to take notes Ways to document are welcome, for example you may want to film or take photos. However these are not to be shared outside of a class context and are for sole use by the student. Water/refreshments.

What you can do next

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