Tuesday nights
7.30 – 9.30pm
Price £8 / £6 Students (per session)

Duke of Wellington
70 Upper Gloucester Road

Classes will run 7.30 - 9.30pm on Tuesday evenings beginning 15 March 2022 culminating in a performance night on 26 April 2022.

The aim is to cultivate a greater understanding of how to tackle the dramatic language and communicate the action of a scene in a believable and compelling way to the full potential of the actor's own special creative talents.

The course centres on an introductory exploration of how to effectively approach a performance within the plays of theatre's most seminal playwrights. Particular emphasis is placed upon how best to effectively break-down and analyse text ensuring a comprehensive appreciation of the given circumstances of the action. The process is designed to replicate the creative process undertaken when engaged on a professional theatre production.

Beginners to advanced levels welcome, (classes are drop in with no advance payment or prior commitment to attend all classes within the course).

The classes will be run by former Royal National Theatre Company member and Mandrake Theatre Company Artistic Director, Steven O'Shea.

“Steven, the teacher and director, has got a wealth of experience which he brings to the classes. He is passionate about plays and the theatre, which rubs off on us as students.
He is able to help us to understand the plays, the characters and the meaning of the lines, which as students it would be difficult to do as effectively ourselves. His direction to each of us is also very helpful and I find it also spot-on. It often clears up clouds of doubt and confusion about how exactly to interpret what we are reading. At the same time he doesn’t overdo it so we are encouraged to develop our character based on our own intuition and grasp of the lines.
Steven is very much a leader so that the classes are well organized and well taught, which involves balance between input from him and freedom for us. Steven is also excellent at group facilitation and encourages social interaction in the pub afterward. His leadership is largely responsible for the fact that the group functions so well and that a friendly and cooperative atmosphere prevails.” Bob Glaberson