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

"My current showreel is the third update Andrew has made for me. The first one was entirely workshop material and I was amazed that Andrew managed to produce such a professional result from such a limited amount of material. This last update includes my recent role in Coronation Street which demonstrates how far my career has come in the last few years and how much I owe Andrew for his continued support and advice. If you need a kick start to get your screen career going then Andrew Higgs is the best person to go to. He will offer unstinting time and effort to do his best for you. I can't recommend him highly enough."
-Ruth Evans






Alchemy 107: 17-21 October 2016

Alchemy 108: 14-18 November 2016

Alchemy 109: 5-9 December 2016

£600 (no VAT)

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“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)