My next Ten Week Evening Course for new students will begin on THURSDAY 10th January, 7pm-10pm. PLEASE NOTE that after that date the evenings will be TUESDAYS from 15th January onwards (see full details below).
If you would like to join this group, please click on the link to pay the deposit of £50. The remainder is payable on or before the start of the first class. Also, if you know friends or relatives to whom this might be of interest, feel free to pass it on to them. Note though that places are limited and not guaranteed unless confirmed by us.
I have been teaching acting for over 10 years now. I teach a new, no-nonsense (Stanislavski-originated) technique in a relaxed, friendly environment and hope will teach you skills that prove useful for the rest of your life. My students vary from beginners (who wish to gain confidence in speaking in front of an audience or improve their presentation skills) all the way to those looking to work or already working as actors professionally.
If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly on[masked] or by emailing [masked]
I look forward to hearing from you soon.
TEN WEEK MIXED LEVEL EVENING ACTING COURSE
Led by Julian Caddy
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL (nearest tubes: Holborn & Chancery Lane)
7pm-10pm, one evening a week
THURSDAY EVENING: 10th January
TUESDAY EVENINGS: 15th January-19th March (no class on the 26th February)
Series of ten classes £230. Installment payments can be arranged on an individual basis (subject to £10 surcharge). £50 deposit payable to secure place. Please note that payment of the balance must be made by bank transfer, cash or cheque only. Paypal payment is subject to a £5 surcharge owing to their fees.
An introduction to acting (and, what is "good" acting?), understanding the process of creating a character, offered circumstances, objectives, purposes, actions, events ("OPAEs"), relaxation, vocal warm ups, working on texts with other students and performing to the group, improvisations and improvising around texts. Also, what to look for when watching other actors perform.
This is a relatively new technique and offers an approach to acting training which, although has its roots in some traditional styles, differs from anything you are likely to have tried before. Therefore, groups who have not taken a prior course with Julian can come from all levels of experience, from absolute novices to working professionals.
Note: the first class begins (for an hour or so) with an introduction to the main topics to be taught and an explanation of the structure of subsequent classes. This is essential information in order to be able to participate in the course, therefore, it would be good if you could arrive in good time for the start of this session. It involves note taking so please also bring pen and paper. If you would still like to join a course but cannot make the first date(s), there are usually catch up sessions on Sunday evenings that can be arranged, often for no extra charge.
OUTLINE COURSE STRUCTURE (10x 3 hour sessions) - note that this is subject to change according to the make-up of the group and availability of time
Class 1: Introducing eachother (15-20 minutes). Introduction to the theory and background (1-1.5 hours), Improvisation session (1-1.5 hours). Homework: Storytelling exercise.
Class 2: Relaxation (5-7 minutes), Physical/Vocal Warm-up/Tongue-twister Exercises (5 minutes), Improvisation session, including introduction of new topics (1-1.5 hours), Storytelling exercise in class (1-1.5 hours), Read new dialogues for short mini-plays (20 minutes, if time). Homework: prepare dialogues at home.
Class 3: Relaxation (5-7 minutes), Physical/Vocal Warm-up/Tongue-twister Exercises (5 minutes), Improvisation session, including introduction of new topics (1-1.5 hours), Finish Storytelling exercises (if needed, up to 30 mins), stand up new dialogues for short mini-plays and discuss further (1-1.5 hours). Homework: practice dialogues at home.
Class 4: Relaxation (5-7 minutes), Physical/Vocal Warm-up/Tongue-twister Exercises (5 minutes), Improvisation session, including introduction of new topics (1-1.5 hours), Storytelling exercise in class (1-1.5 hours), Read new dialogues for short mini-plays (20 minutes, if time). Homework: further prepare dialogues at home. Also, new dialogues may be given out, too.
Class 5: Relaxation (5-7 minutes), Physical/Vocal Warm-up/Tongue-twister Exercises (5 minutes), Improvisation session, including introduction of new topics (1-1.5 hours), Perform dialogues for short mini-plays in class and read through new ones (1-1.5 hours). Homework: New Dialogues in class
Class 6: Relaxation (5-7 minutes), Physical/Vocal Warm-up/Tongue-twister Exercises (5 minutes), Improvisation session, including introduction of new topics (1-1.5 hours), Introduction and Practice of "Stills" (45 minutes - 1 hour), Present new dialogues in class and read new ones (20 minutes, if time). Homework: prepare dialogues at home. if time, ntroduction to "objectless action" (mime exercise).
Class 7: Relaxation (5-7 minutes), Physical/Vocal Warm-up/Tongue-twister Exercises (5 minutes), Improvisation session, including introduction of new topics (1-1.5 hours), presentation of "objectless actions" in class (c. 30 minutes), Present new dialogues in class and read new ones (c.1 hour). Homework: preparation of dialogues and introduction to monologues.
Class 8: Relaxation (5-7 minutes), Physical/Vocal Warm-up/Tongue-twister Exercises (5 minutes), Improvisation session (1-1.5 hours), Present new dialogues and monologues in class and read new ones (1-1.5 hours). Homework: preparation of dialogues and objectless actions at home.
Class 9: Relaxation (5-7 minutes), Physical/Vocal Warm-up/Tongue-twister Exercises (5 minutes), Improvisation session (1-1.5 hours), Present dialogues and monologues in class (1 hour). No homework.
[in between these two classes we will attend a West End play - we try to keep the price as low as possible, no more than £10-£15]
Class 10: Relaxation (5-7 minutes), Physical/Vocal Warm-up/Tongue-twister Exercises (5 minutes), Improvisation session (1-1.5 hours), discuss the play that we saw in the preceding week (c. 20-30 minutes), Discuss how the course has gone and giving/receiving feedback (45 minutes - 1 hour). Occasionally we also do a second improvisation session to finish (if time).
ABOUT JULIAN CADDY
Julian Caddy is the Managing Director of Brighton Fringe, England's largest multi-arts festival. He is also an actor, director and producer. He has produced shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival since 1996 and was Founder-Director of Sweet Venues since 2003 until stepping down in 2011. Over that time he programmed, directed or produced over 700 shows attracting audiences of over 250,000 people. He has also produced, co-produced and promoted numerous theatre tours both across the UK/Ireland and around the world. More information about Sweet Venues can be found here: www.sweetvenues.com
As an actor he has appeared in the London production of Anastasia, toured nationally with Broadway Theatre Company (Golden Boy) and Opera Piccola (The Barber of Seville and La Traviata). Other theatre includes Prisoner of War (Hen and Chickens), Great Expectations (Shaw Theatre) and Three Sisters (Edinburgh Festival and Moscow Arts Theatre). TV includes Reality Check (Channel 4), Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (BBC4) and Tableau of Love (AIM Image Productions). He has also featured in numerous television commercials including BT, British Gas, Kingsmill Bread, Kohler (USA), NatWest, Nikol's (Israel), BBC TV Licensing and Heat Magazine.
Julian trained for 4 years with the late Sam Kogan, an acclaimed Russian teacher and director (alumnus of GITIS in Moscow under Maria Knebel, a student and colleague of Constantin Stanislavski) at what is now known as ASAD (the Academy for the Science of Acting and Directing). Julian's teaching combines the Kogan and Stanislavski techniques.
He has trained many hundreds of people from all walks of life, whether wanting to learn acting just for fun or to take acting on as a profession.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I found Julian's teaching style very good. I have done other acting classes and have never been taught that way, I think it was a big eye opener. I enjoyed the improvisations the most. I appreciated the honest feedback Julian gave me and I will take it on board to improve. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in getting an insight into acting."
“Nowhere else will give you such a complete understanding of what acting actually is. If you want strong character based acting rather than voice/arm waving based acting then Sweet is the place for you.”
"Just a note to thank you very much for such enjoyable and interesting acting classes. I really enjoyed the experience and actually think it helped with my career as the law firm I am training with have offered me permanent solicitor post."
"I thoroughly enjoyed my first experience of acting and thought the course was an excellent introduction."
"Julian Caddy has been an amazing teacher who definitely takes you out of your comfort zone and challenges you with interesting characters and improvisation scenarios encouraging you to get under the skin of the character. He definitely has a way to make you feel relaxed so you can make the most of the classes, initially I thought 3 hours was far too long but now its the days in between that drag. We laugh so much in classes sometimes it hurts! I look forward to taking some more courses but this time I think it's going to have to be twice a week so I don't have to wait so long!"
"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and felt that I gained a lot from it. As well as learning about what good acting is, the course also enabled me learn more about myself and helped build my confidence. It was very beneficial to receive regular feedback from Julian and the other students and also to observe the other students work. I think that Julian is a great teacher and the class was always full of laughs and fun to be part of. Wednesday evenings will never be the same!"
"The introduction was valuable and the improvisation part was fun and unexpectedly stress-free. Julian provided great feedback to all participants to help us improve throughout."
"I really enjoyed the course. I particularly liked doing the improvisations. Julian’s feedback was helpful and he generally chose parts that would challenge me by taking me out of my comfort zone. I also found the psychology aspect interesting."
"I learned so much about myself and my fears and have a newfound respect for actors (hard work, really)."
"Julian is a great host. He has the ability to make everybody feel comfortable and brings out the best in all participants."
"Thank you so much for wonderful directing – the perfect mix of wisdom, encouragement, good humour and bad language!"