New summer acting courses for all levels

Summertime is a time for leaving the daily grind behind and doing things you enjoy. With Irish summers being generally underwhelming, to say the least, why not consider taking a drama class to brighten things up?

Galway Actors Workshop caters for a variety of levels, from those who have always wanted to give it a try to professional actors who would like to learn some new skills. All courses take place in the Anno Santo Hotel, Salthill, Galway.

This summer the workshop has a series of evening courses, as well as private one to one lessons.

Evening courses

The Introduction to Acting course is on Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. This course is for beginners or those who have not acted in a while and are looking to get back into it in a relaxed, enjoyable, way. It covers all the basics through various games, exercises, and improvisations and the main focus is on developing confidence, getting comfortable performing in front of others, learning how to create characters and settings and, most importantly, having fun. The course starts on May 3 and runs for 12 weeks.

The very popular Scene Study course, which takes place on Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, has given rise to some very entertaining showcase performances in various city theatre venues for the last couple of years. This course is for anyone with a bit of acting experience who would like to perform in public, in two different roles from two different plays by established playwrights. This course replicates the traditional rehearsal experience and covers theatrical style, blocking, dialogue, characterisation, movement, line learning, costume choice, props, and working with text. This term will culminate in a public showcase performance at an established Galway theatre venue. The course starts May 5 and runs for 12 weeks.

Finally, following on from the successful run of The Snow Queen before Christmas, Galway Actors Workshop is offering an Advanced Performance Project on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. This course is by application only and is for students with some experience who would like to take part in a full-length production of a play which will be shown in a Galway theatre. To apply, send an email outlining your experience to [email protected]. The play will be chosen based on the core group. The project starts on May 4 and runs for 12 weeks with some extra rehearsals towards the end.

All courses take place at the Anno Santo Hotel, Salthill, Galway, and cost €225 (€195 for students/unemployed ). There is an early bird price of €210/€180 for those who book before April 28.

Call Sarah on 087 237 3531 or email [email protected] to book.

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