Learn To Act: 2008-9

Hello Everyone,

This is to let you know about in situ:’s Learn to Act courses, taking place this Autumn and throughout the whole of 2009. I’ve got a Learn to Act I this coming weekend, a Learn to Act II in early November and then various weekends next year.

So please get in touch if you fancy doing some acting and I would be very grateful if you could pass the information on to anybody else whom you think should be doing some acting!

best wishes,

Richard Spaul

LEARN TO ACT with in situ:

LEARN TO ACT is a series of weekend workshops, introducing people to a broad range of acting techniques. It has been running in Cambridge for over fifteen years and has been attended by hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds, many of whom go on to do more advanced courses, and some of whom later become part of in situ:’s performance group, which performs several times a year in a number of different venues and has an excellent reputation for high-quality ensemble work.

LEARN TO ACT: reflects in situ:’s deeply-held belief that with time, effort, encouragement and good teaching, everybody is capable of becoming an effective performer, regardless or age, background or previous experience. This has been proved again and again over the many years that Learn to Act has been running.

LEARN TO ACT I: THE BEGINNERS’ COURSE is ideal for people who have never acted before, although more experienced performers are extremely welcome. The emphasis is on having fun, freeing the imagination, and feeling comfortable on stage, while working creatively with others. The course consists of lots of theatre games and improvisations, an introduction to physical theatre, an exploration of breathing, voice and emotion, and techniques for creating a stage character.

Here are the details of the next LEARN TO ACT 1 course, taking place this coming weekend, plus details for all LEARN TO ACT 1 courses, taking place in 2009.

Dates:

Course 1: Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October (2008)
Course 2: Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 February (2009)
Course 3: Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 April (2009)
Course 4: Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 October (2009)

Times: 10 am – 4.30 pm (Saturday) & 12.30pm – 5pm (Sunday)

Venue: St. Andrews Hall, St. Andrews Road, Chesterton, Cambridge. CB4 1DH

This is a new and well-equipped space in Chesterton, about 20 minutes from the centre of Cambridge, with some parking on site. Detailed directions will be supplied on booking.

The cost of the course is: £75/£55 (concession)).

These are all Learn to Act 1 courses and are identical

LEARN TO ACT II: THE ADVANCED COURSE. This is attended by many people who complete LEARN TO ACT I and want to go further, but it is also open to people who already have performing experience and are in search of something more demanding. It is entirely up to you which one you want to do.

One of the main themes of LEARN TO ACT II is THE VOICE, and you will encounter many games, exercises and techniques designed to widen the range, power and flexibility of the voice, that most versatile of all instruments, which so many people are reluctant or unable to use to its full potential either in performance or in other areas of their lives. This theme is closely related to the exploration and interpretation of TEXT.

All participants will be asked to choose and learn a text, which they will have a chance to perform in all sorts of contrasting ways as the course progresses, with a view to discovering how the written word can be made to come alive in performance. We will also work on a text by a major playwright, such as Chekhov or Ibsen.

The Advanced Course is also a weekend course. The next Advanced course is in just over a fortnight, then there are three more courses taking place in 2009.

LEARN TO ACT II:

Dates:

Course 1: Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 November (2008)
Course 2: Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March (2009)
Course 3: Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 May (2009)
Course 4: Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 November (2009)

Times: 10 am – 4.30 pm (Saturday) & 12.30pm – 5pm (Sunday)

Venue: St Andrews Hall, St Andrews Road, Chesterton, Cambridge. CB4 1DH

Cost: £75/£55 (concession)).

These are all Learn to Act II courses and are identical

At the end of the course, participants will be in a position to perform for an audience and will be invited to take part in in situ:’ s
performances, which are professionally-directed, high quality ensemble productions, working with non-professional performers.
We do a wide range of performances, some are devised, some are adaptations of classic texts, often in striking and unusual venues,
and always in a spirit of daring and experiment.

This Summer, we did a new production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and revivals of last Summer’s extremely successful performances of Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. We are about to start work on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, to be performed next Summer and an ambitious devised piece – A Case of Obsessional Neurosis – based on one of Freud’s case histories, will be performed at the end of November this year.

Whichever course you may wish to do, you will find the atmosphere friendly and relaxed, the work hard and energetic, and the teaching sympathetic and skilled.

If you wish to participate, please fill in the form below and return it to me along with your participation fee. Your place will be confirmed in writing, or, if the course is full, your cheque returned.

Should you wish to cancel your place on the course, your fee will be returned (minus an administrative fee of £10), providing you contact us at least two weeks before the course is due to start. No refunds are possible after that, although it may be possible, if necessary, to transfer you from one course to another.

If you have any questions or would like to know more, please feel free to give me a ring. I would be delighted to talk to you.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Richard Spaul

If you would like to participate, please return the form below to:
in situ: 23, Wycliffe Rd, Cambridge, CB1 3JD

For more information on LEARN TO ACT, and to find out about in situ:’s performances, workshops and residencies, please call us on: 01223 211451
or email us on: info@insitutheatre.co.uk

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Participation Form (please detach and return)

Yes, I would like to participate in LEARN TO ACT I
Please book me in for the course starting Oct.25 / Feb. 21 / April 25/ Oct. 24 (2009) (delete where appropriate)

Yes, I would like to participate in LEARN TO ACT 2
Please book me in for the course starting Nov. 8 / March 21 / May 16 / Nov. 21 (2009) (delete where appropriate)

I enclose my participation fee of £75/ 55

NAME:

ADDRESS:

TEL:

E-MAIL:

Please make your cheque payable to: in situ:Theatre Company
Return this form to: 23, Wycliffe Rd, Cambridge.CB1 3JD.

Oedipus Rex opens on Wednesday 23rd July

in situ:‘s Oedipus Rex opens on Wednesday 23rd July and runs till Saturday 26th July.

It’s at the Leper Chapel – it starts at 8pm. Tickets from The Junction – 01223 211451 – or on the door from 7.30.

Hope to see some of you there.

Best wishes,

Richard Spaul

OEDIPUS REX:
by Sophocles
in a new adaptation by: Richard Spaul

The Leper Chapel, Barnwell Junction, Newmarket Road
Wednesday, July 23 – Saturday July 26
8pm

Oedipus Rex – the greatest of all Greek Tragedies. Thebes is under a curse. Disease and death haunt the city. King Laius has been murdered and his killer as yet remains uncaught. His successor, King Oedipus, swears he will solve the mystery, but finds to his growing horror that all the evidence points to himself.

And much worse is to come.

The Leper Chapel is one of the oldest and most atmospheric buildings in Cambridge, creating an ideal site for this powerful drama of corruption, ostracism and social cleansing.

in situ: Cambridge’s leading experimental theatre company, in a new and vibrant adaptation of Sophocles’ classic, performs inside, outside and all around this remarkable building.

Advance Booking:
The Junction, Clifton Road. Tel: 01223 511511
www.junction.co.uk (online booking)

Tickets available on the door from: 7.30pm (on the night of the performance)

£11 (£9 concessions)

Running time: 100 minutes approx.

Suitable for 16+