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Drama performances, events and seminars are shown here. Please remember that coursework performances may not appear until a week before the performance, so please check back regularly. See also the Conferences page.

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Wed 29 Apr

Start time: 14:00


Tickets for students/staff: 29
Tickets for public: 0
Admission Free
No public tickets available
End Time: 15:30

Jaq Bessell: How to Audition for Drama School

Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Jaqueline Bessell is Head of the MA in Acting at Guildford School of Acting (GSA).

I started out in casting at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, ages ago.  I have auditioned many hundreds of actors of every age and level of experience in both the US and UK, in just about every imaginable context, from large, open Equity and non-Equity “generals”, to intensive physical theatre workshops to work with prepared “sides" for stage and screen.  More recently I have been auditioning candidates for both BA and MA acting programmes at GSA, where I run the MA Acting programme. 

Wed 29 Apr

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 30
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

Research Seminar - Prof Peter Thomson

Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

On Edmund Kean and Hazlitt.

Wed 20 May

Start time: 16:30


Tickets for students/staff: 29
Tickets for public: 20
Admission Free
End Time: 18:00

Research Seminar - Reading the news through the body of the elephant: race, nation and citizenship in the Jumbomania of 1882

Presented by: Dr Peter Yeandle
Location: TS2 (Alexander Building, Thornlea, New North Rd.)

Peter Yeandle will take about the debates surrounding Jumbo in 1882, including the ways in which the notion of trained animal performance - especially an African elephant in the context of British foreign policy at the time - was conceived of as part of a wider ideological project stitching together race, civilising mission and citizenship.

Fri 22 May

Start time: 17:30


Tickets for students/staff: 19
Tickets for public: 0

No public tickets available

T3 Festival
Workshop: The Creative Actor



This is a 3 day workshop running 22-24 May.
Friday 22nd May 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Saturday 23rd May 10am - 6pm
Sunday 24th May 10am - 6pm

Cost: £100 per person

For: actors, drama students, drama teachers, writers, directors and committed enthusiastic beginners.

The contents of this Theatre workshop originate from our work with Jacques Lecoq at his school in Paris and have evolved over the last twenty years into an intensive professional physical theatre training. The workshop is carefully structured with progressive exercises and techniques that release the full creative potential of the body and the imagination of the actor. 

This ‘essential’ training gives a comprehensive experience and understanding of the art of acting. The ‘actor as creator’is the core principle of this workshop.

What we will cover:
Presence, Space, Timing and Rhythm
Movement technique
Re-play of daily life
Mask Work
How to devise a scene (space, situation & event)
The Crescendo
Collective Creation
Thematic Heart. What do we want to say?

Mask Theatre - through mask work we develop the expressive power of the performer through stillness, movement and the dramatic attitudes of the body. By using masks in training the ability and the freedom of the physical actor becomes greatly increased. It is a territory which frees the performer to play in a heigtened register.

Re-Play of Daily Life–to be authentic, the actor must observe daily life and then convey these situations and incidents without exaggeration or distortion. This work with space, timing and action is a vital building block for later performance and creation.

Theatre Creation and Performance–identifying the motors in the dramatic or comic situation. Working with the dynamics of a scene, playing with rhythm and crescendo.

Through the skills and techniques we explore, you will develop your corporal and poetic senses. You will learn what is playable, how to construct a scene and how to work as part of a creative ensemble. In any given performance situation you will be able to get the most out of yourself as a performer and as an artist. Past participants have applied this physical theatre training into both the devising of new work and classic text based productions.

Simon Edwards (U.K.) has worked internationally in theatre for over thirty years, as an actor, clown, director and teacher. He trained at the Jacques Lecoq theatre school in Paris and has been a core member of Kneehigh Theatre, for whom he directed Skulduggery, Arabian Nights and Telling Tales. He has taught at many festivals and congresses around the world including the UK, Germany, Ireland, Holland, Spain, Portugal, France, the USA, South Africa, Iran…Simon is a founder member of the Actors Space where, as well as other workshops, he teaches ‘The Creative Actor’. 

Over the past 20 years UK based Simon Edwards and Marian Masoliver (Barcelona) have travelled the world, taking these unique workshops and courses with them. Simon and Marian have taught acting and directing courses in many European countries as well as the USA, South Africa and Iran.