FALL 2020 LONDON THEATRE PROGRAM ONLINE

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    Welcome to the Fall 2020 London Theatre Program Online. We’ve put together an exciting version of our signature course that takes advantage of some of the opportunities of this moment to engage you and immerse you in the traditions of the British theatre and conservatory training.

    The classes remain the same as you would take in-person in London with minor modifications to accommodate the shift online.

    We hope you’ll find this an exciting opportunity to discover how classical training and texts are finding new meaning and new possibilities in this moment.

     

     

     

     

    Dean Eunice Roberts

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    WEEKS 1-4
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    12:00pm – 1:30pm Eastern

    MOVEMENT

    VOICE

    PHYSICAL THEATRE

    STAGE COMBAT – THEORY

    THEATRE HISTORY

    2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern ACTING SHAKESPEARE ACTING HIGH COMEDY ACTING SHAKESPEARE DRAMATIC CRITICISM

    ACTING HIGH COMEDY

     

    WEEK 5 TUTORIALS
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    12:00pm – 1:30pm Eastern VOICE VOICE SHAKESPEARE VOICE VOICE
    2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern SHAKESPEARE HIGH COMEDY HIGH COMEDY HIGH COMEDY SHAKESPEARE

     

    WEEKS 6-8
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday

    12:00pm – 1:30pm Eastern

    MOVEMENT

    VOICE PHYSICAL THEATRE MASTERCLASSES

    THEATRE HISTORY

    2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern ACTING SHAKESPEARE ACTING HIGH COMEDY ACTING SHAKESPEARE DRAMATIC CRITICISM

    ACTING HIGH COMEDY

     

    WEEKS 10-13
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    12:00pm – 1:30pm Eastern VOICE REHEARSAL VOICE REHEARSAL REHEARSAL
    2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern REHEARSAL SPECIALIST SESSION FOR REHEARSAL REHEARSAL DRAMATURGY  MASTERCLASS

     

    WEEK 14
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    12:00pm – 1:30pm Eastern VOICE / REHEARSAL VOICE / REHEARSAL REHEARSAL REHEARSAL FEEDBACK
    2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern REHEARSAL REHEARSAL PERFORMANCE PERFORMANCE END OF SEMESTER PARTY

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    The first eight weeks include classes in:

    • Scene Study: Shakespeare  This practical acting course enables the students to search for, find, and explore the structure of Shakespeare’s texts in a physical and active way. The aim by the end of this course is for the students to have achieved a deeper connection with the drama of the words. This course will give students a greater sense of confidence in Shakespeare’s language and students will find they can speak the text more naturalistically even while honouring the given demands of the structure. This course looks at various plays—comedy, history, and tragedy and gives particular attention to textual analysis and verse speaking. No formal written work. (2 credits)
    • Scene Study: High Comedy This is a practical acting course designed to give students a dynamic, sensitive and physical approach to acting in High Comedy, enabling them to play with increased confidence, openness, precision, understanding and skill. Students will work as a group on exercises which will lay a foundation for the detailed scene study work of these complex and witty texts. The course will give each individual the opportunity to put into practice the core principles of working on High Comedy from Restoration through to Wilde, Coward, and Orton in a highly supportive collaborative atmosphere, and gain a strong understanding of what makes this material so rewarding and exhilarating to act. No formal written work. (2 credits)
    • Scene Study: Modern Physical Theatre  In this course, students study with a member of Complicité (subject to availability) and will study exercises influenced by the teachings of Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier. These studies will include many improvisations which look at the actor’s presence in the space and their dynamic of play. Students will look at the relationship between the physical body and text and how one informs the other. In the second half of the semester the group will either examine a 20th-century European Text or the half mask. (2 credits)
    • Voice In this course students will be taught the fundamentals of Voice covering the topics of Body, Breath, Voice, Articulation, Support, and Voice to Text. There will be a focus on physical awareness and release through developing alignment and centering. Breath control is explored to assist in the opening up and freeing of the Voice. The Voice is developed in its range, resonance, timbre and expression. Effective Articulation is taught. Students will learn to apply this knowledge by using practise exercises given in every class with which they can develop their speaking voice for the stage, TV, screen or radio. Coaching within voice classes help the student to explore and develop an authentic connection of Voice to Text. Text work covers the elements of Rhetoric, Rhythm, Sound, Text Structures, Meaning, and Thought. As speaking language is a physical activity, some exercises are interactive. As students gain in vocal confidence through their practical voice work a deepening connection to and ownership of language in performance will emerge and grow through the regular application of their acquired knowledge. (1 credit)
    • Movement This class also enables the students to free their voice and unlock physical habits and tensions which may inhibit their bodies and therefore their ability to be free. This provides the student actors with the ability to transform physically into the different characters they play. The Period Dance element allows the students to transform physically and imaginatively into other eras and to link this to the work in their Shakespeare and High Comedy classes. (1 credit)
    • Stage Combat – Theory Led by one of the leading fight directors in Europe, this course gives students a deep understanding of the theory, safety principles, and techniques of realistic stage combat. Using fight scenes from recorded productions as examples, students will explore period styles, technical components, and how action and character work together to create the believable illusion of violence. (1 credit)
    • Theatre History This course explores the development of theatre in England from Christopher Marlowe to Samuel Beckett and the present. Students will develop a good knowledge and critical appreciation of seven plays and acquire the interpretative skills that allow a more informed appreciation of such works. Particular attention will be paid to text and to the theatres for which these works were written. Students will also gain an awareness of the historical, social and cultural context from which these works emerged. (2 credits)
    • Dramatic Criticism This course introduces students to some of the best recent theatre in London – one of the world’s most exciting theatre cities. Students will discuss the role of theatre criticism in the United Kingdom, and the way it is changing in the Digital age. The course is also intended to sharpen a students’ personal critical and observational skills in respect of performance, design and production choices. Students are encouraged to develop fresh ways of watching, thinking and writing about theatre. (1 credit)
    • Tutorials/Audition Technique An important component of the curriculum is regular one-on-one tutorials focused on audition technique and preparation. Students work on self-selected text and speeches individually with a member of the Faculty who is a professional practitioner. These sessions are devoted to improving students’ acting abilities and encouraging students to explore and independently lead on making a range of creative choices whilst building on their portfolio of audition pieces.

     

    The final five weeks of the course are devoted to:

    • Acting in Performance For this course students will rehearse and perform productions of major British and European classical works. After eight weeks of classes, students are split into companies and begin the five week rehearsal period. Each company is led by a British Theatre Director. This culminates in a final online performance. During the rehearsal period students continue their voice and movement work with a warm-up class each morning. Voice and Movement faculty also come to rehearsals and support the students’ process thus helping to further develop the core foundations for the modern actor. (3 credits)

    Additionally, the first eight weeks of classes include

    • Weekly viewings Explore performances from London’s cutting-edge and experimental theatres along with traditional theatres with screenings of recent works.
    • Masterclasses and Q&As with leading UK theatre practitioners, including actors, directors, and designers from the British and American stage. Recent Masterclass instructors include: Francoise Baptiste, Jenny Beavan, Brian Cox, Bryan Cranston, Bob Crowley, Sope Dirisu, Brandon Victor Dixon, Julian Glover, Henry Goodman, Greg Hicks, Fiona Shaw, Owen Teale, Deborah Warner, Sam West, Elliot Barnes-Worrall.
    • Complicité Workshop Series Students work with members of the famed company in a series of workshops.  The roots of Complicite’s work can be found in building an ensemble through physical training and play, creating a shared visual language which will help shape and communicate the stories that the participants bring.

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    The Online Fall 2020 London Theatre Program will take advantage of this unique moment to connect students with leading and legendary actors and directors whose busy schedules might normally have kept them from visiting BADA for a Q&A.

    Not only will you have the chance to work live online with some of our wonderful Masterclass teachers as well as actors, directors, and playwrights connected to your virtual theatre visits, you’ll also have access to a selection of pre-recorded BADA conversations with award-winning actors and directors. You’ll hear BADA Patron Brian Cox CBE discuss his classical career and his current work as the larger-than-life Logan Roy on HBO’s Succession; Miriam Margolyes OBE talk about her audio career and how a voice influences her development of character; and Sir Patrick Stewart OBE share his approach to performing Sonnets.

     

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    The Production period for the London Theatre Program Online combines the rehearsal process of a classic text led by a British Theatre Director with an exploration of how the camera and framing choices impact traditional stage performance. Discover how staging and performance decisions can create a cohesive scene despite participants being miles apart and how classic texts are finding renewed relevance in the new online medium.

     

    Stills from the Spring 2020 online production of William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, performed over Zoom.

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    Drama Library Online

    BADA’s subscription to the Drama Library Online grants you access not only to a vast library of scripts, from Shakespeare and other classics through to modern plays such as works by Caryl Churchill and Jez Butterworh, but also to a large selection of recorded productions that you can stream, including recent productions from the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Donmar Warehouse, and the Classic Spring Company’s Oscar Wilde collection.