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5-day Workshop: ‘The Alchemy of Screen Acting’

"Doing Andrew's course gave me great confidence in my skill as a screen actor. Andrew creates a safe environment for you to learn, building up the pressure as the days progress. This course can be an excellent way to learn the basics of screen acting or for the more experienced film actor, a place to take risks. Fully recommended."
-Dean Loxton

THE ALCHEMY OF SCREEN ACTING

 

SUMMER SEASON 2016

 

Dates:

Alchemy 107: 17-21 October 2016

Alchemy 108: 14-18 November 2016

Alchemy 109: 5-9 December 2016


Fee:
£600 (no VAT)

(debit/credit card payments available through PayPal)

 

To enroll, in the first instance, please email your Spotlight link to: macheathpro@icloud.com

 

Click here to view Alchemy Workshop outline

 

 

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GETTING IN ON THE ACT

 

“With TV producers unwilling to take a chance on unknown faces, actors must be able to make an instant impression,
writes Nigel Barrett:

 

Screen auditions can be an actor’s worst nightmare. They are often made to perform like monkeys in a broom cupboard with a runner trying to figure out how to switch the camera on… There is little way round it but there are ways to cope. I went on a course run by a TV director, Andrew Higgs. His ‘Alchemy of Screen Acting’ course was born from his frustration at seeing good actors not doing themselves justice at auditions. The pressures of TV schedules did not allow him enough time to coach and so the job always went to the actor who was reassuringly closest in their audition to what they could do on set. In response to this, his course encourages actors to take the initiative, no matter how scant the script or direction.

 

He believes that actors should redefine themselves as “self-directing actors”. And this is crucial. If, as an actor, you bring your own ideas to the performance, building a world for your character – even if you only have one line – instead of waiting for advice from an overstretched director trying to get through a room full of auditionees, you’ve got a much greater chance of getting the gig.

 

Ultimately, however, it’s up to the industry if it wants to use is to our full potential – but, by taking a leaf from Higgs’s book, actors can display the technical wherewithal and confidence to embrace the lives they have been asked to portray. And there won’t be a monkey in sight.”

 

Broadcast (10 December 2004)