Craft of Acting - Course Details

DAY 1, Wednesday August 27th, 2003

9.30 Open session - Introduction

10.00: Clap In - Begin Warm Up.

11.00: Ensemble & Improv Games.

12.00: Discussion - Instrument and Craft - S.A.R.E - Being State - Allocate Playworks.

1.00: LUNCH

2.00: Instrument work - Eliminating Obstacles to Being.
1. Relaxation
2. Personal Inventory
3. Sensitise
4 Expurgative group. "YEAH, YEAH" etc..

5.00: Introduction of Craft Approach to Monologues from "The Glass Menagerie" E.g. "Evocative words"
Set Task for next day.

6.00 – Finish


DAY 2, Thursday August 28th, 2003

9.30 - Start - Warm up - Games.

10.30 - Individual participants begin "choice approach" playwork to Monologues.

11.30 - Discussion and Feedback

12.00 - Continue Playworks to Individual Monologues

1.00 - LUNCH

2.00- Introduce Professional Actor.

2.15 - Improv exercise and Ensemble Game.

3.15 - Commence Playworks on "Glass Menagerie" Monologue with Professional Actor.

5.30 - Discussion and Feedback

6.30 – Finish

John O’Hare is a theatre director, actor and educator living and working in Australia. In 2002, John toured Ireland as co-director of “On the Way Out” a play written by Vincent Woods. He has been directing theatre for 10 years. Highlights include Blue Remembered Hills at the Adelaide Festival 2000;Much Ado About Nothing which John directed at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in 1998 and numerous productions directed with O’Punksky’s Theatre Company in Sydney, Australia of which he is co-founder.

John’s career as an actor includes acting for theatre, television, film and radio. In 2003 he played Rory in Cavalcaders; Babbybobby in the Cripple of Inishman in 1998 with the Sydney Theatre Company; Paul in Home & Away, 2003 and Ron Parker in A Country Practice in 1996. John’s teaching experience includes Master Classes in Acting at the University of Sydney and his former role as Head of Acting at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

Deirdre Molloy has worked as an actor throughout Ireland and the UK playing leading roles with all of Ireland's major theatre companies, including The Abbey, The Gate, Druid, Red Kettle, Barabbas, The Passion Machine and Second Age. Recent roles include Louise in Tom Murphy's 'The House' at the Abbey, for which she was nominated for an Irish Times/ESB best supporting actress award. Later this year she will be playing the lead in a new series for RTE.

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