Workshops

Weekly 'Bravery In Acting' Drop-in Classes

Next Class: Wednesday 22nd July 2-4pm (2 hours).  

A drop-in series of weekly online classes that encourage the performer to be more courageous in their acting, while still playing truthfully and honestly. Using a variety of different texts and scenes, the two-hour classes can help you free yourself from the fear of failing and discover how far you can reach in your choices. This will be in a supportive and friendly environment that allows you to explore, discover and enjoy your expanding range as a performer.

Each workshop will be tailored to the individuals who come on that day (a maximum of 8). I will have a variety of scenes and texts available but it may also be possible to cover scripts that you are currently working on. There will be plenty of time to practice and take part plus also learn from watching your fellow actors. 

Each Class is £10.00 for 2 hours. 

If you have any questions or would like to reserve a place, please email me on chrisdram@aol.com or call on 07976 557 802. 

Tweets re: previous workshops: 

'Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop this afternoon @pcdurham ! It was so insightful and enjoyable'    MC

'Massive thank you @pcdurham for your 'Unlocking the Text' workshop this afternoon. So interesting and valuable to find other layers within scenes! Highly recommend to anyone wanting to stay connected during lockdown.     HH

'Thank you so much @pcdurham I shall be approaching text in a new way. See you next time!'    LRB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approaching Monologues

 

A group 75 minute session (Part 1) + A 45 minute private coaching session a week later (Part 2) 

The need to speak keeps cropping up in plays, auditions, musicals and life. And before you know it, you are in the middle of a speech. But how do you approach a monologue when it's just staring at you from the page? 

This workshop gives you techniques and time to help lift any speech up off the page. To take the written word and create a connected, intriguing, moving and 3-dimensional 'revealing' of a character's mind. Useful tips for when you are working in the rehearsal room, preparing for an audition, applying for Drama Schools or even booked to do some Public Speaking. 

The Class comprises of 2 distinct sections: 

Part 1: A 75 minute session where a small group of actors (maximum of 6) comes together to explore a single speech. To put into practise the ideas that can make a monologue into a living, exciting example of storytelling. 

Part 2: On a later date, a 45 minute 1-2-1 session with Christian to work on an individual speech. During the time in-between, you will be able to apply what you have learnt in Part 1 to your chosen speech. Then when we come together for your individual session, we can really dig into the heart and soul of your monologue.   

Approaching Monologues is £25.00, which includes the 75 minute group session plus the 45 minute 1-2-1 coaching session. 

Please note: the Wednesday 8th July 11am time and date can be flexible. If there is a more useful time to fit in with everyone's availability, we can make that happen. 

For more information and possible dates, please contact me on chrisdram@aol.com or 07976 557 802

 

 

Unlocking The Text 2

 

Thursday 18th & 25th June, 2nd July at 2pm (2 hours each) - bookings currently closed.

This series of two-hour sessions spread over 3 weeks, will give a small group of actors the chance to delve deeper into all the ideas introduced in the Taster workshop (see below). However, you do not need to have attended that workshop to enjoy these sessions. Each week, we will use a number of different scripts to explore the concepts, which will be split into three main areas: 

 

Week 1: Rhythm and Style

Week 2: The physical, vocal and emotional world of the script 

Week 3: Silence, Shifts and Expectations 

The series will help you discover how to find the high and lows, the changes, the driving forces behind every scene and character. They will invigorate your instincts and imagination. This will then open up and encourage a wider range of acting choices. Essential for both auditions and work in the rehearsal room. 

 

With more time available on the selected scripts, there will be plenty of opportunities to practise all the techniques. This will be in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Ideally you will be able to attend all three sessions. 

 

The three sessions can be booked together for one payment of £25.00. 

Unlocking The Text Taster

An introduction to useful tips, approaches and practise on how to pull text apart and mine each script for all the possibilities it has to offer.

 

How to discover the high and lows, the shifts, the driving forces behind the scene and the characters. These will then help reveal the style and rhythm of the writing as well as encourage your instincts and imagination to help open up your acting choices. Useful for both sight-reading in auditions as well as working in the rehearsal room. 

 

This is not a lecture. We will work on the scripts together. You will have the opportunity to put the ideas into action, comment and ask questions as we go along, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 

 

These workshops run currently online for 90 minutes each. I will supply all necessary texts and no prep is required in advance. 

 

If you are interested and would like to book or arrange dates, or would just like further information, please contact me.