Learn to Act 2014

Learn To Act with in situ: 3

in situ:’s popular and friendly Learn to Act courses return for 2014 with classes for all three levels.

Starting on 30th January, Learn to Act 1 is a once-weekly, four-part course introducing the basic principles of acting. By the end of the course, you will have gained confidence in using different acting skills like improvisation, using the breath and the voice, creating an effective stage picture and building a character.

From 27th February, Learn to Act 2 introduces games, exercises and techniques designed to widen the range, power and flexibility of your voice. We will ask you to choose and learn a text, which you will have a chance to perform in all sorts of contrasting ways as the course progresses. This will give you an insight into how to bring the written word alive in performance. We will also work on a text by a major playwright, such as Chekhov or Ibsen.

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Learn to Act 3

Starting on 14th January, Learn to Act 3 is a ten-week course exploring ways of making text come alive in performance. This will include including work on Shakespearean dialogue and a modern practitioner.

We will be examining techniques of physical and vocal characterisation, plus an introduction to the world of storytelling: what makes a good story? What makes a good storyteller? A fascinating and hugely enjoyable form of improvisation. Opportunities to take part in a big storytelling project – Boccaccio’s Decameron, which in situ: will be performing in the Summer.

This course is open to all, but some previous performing experience, not necessarily with in situ:, is an advantage. If you’re not sure if it’s the right course for you, get in touch and find out more.

Spring term: Tuesday January 14 – Tuesday March 18
Venue: St. Philips Church Centre, Cambridge CB1 3AN | Map
Time: 7:30pm – 10:00pm


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Macbeth returns

in situ:’s popular two-person Macbeth returns for just four performances this month at the Leper Chapel in Newmarket Road, Cambridge.

in situ:’s Macbeth originally emerged from an ensemble piece entitled The Macbeth Project, developed by an in situ: group in 2001 and performed in a suburban house.

This in turn led to a unique reworking of the play in 2003, featuring two actors, a cast of children’s dolls and incorporating many new ideas suggested by the project, including: ventriloquism, Butoh, the Japanese movement form; the ideas of psychoanalyst Melanie Klein, who worked with children using toys; and notorious British serial killers Fred and Rose West.

The new version of the play originally debuted at the Methodist Hall, Sturton Street, where it caused some controversy. In 2009, the play was revived at the atmospheric Leper Chapel where it played to sell-out audiences and has since gone on to become one of in situ:’s most popular presentations.

(Please note that the weekend performances will most likely sell out. Please book early to avoid disappointment.)

Booking information

Tickets: £14 (£10 concession) available in advance from wegotitckets.com – on sale at the venue from 7.30pm

Dates: Wednesday 17 July – Saturday 20 July, 2013
Venue: The Leper Chapel, Cambridge | Map
Time: 8pm – running time 110 minutes approx. Suitable for 16+

This production is in collaboration with Cambridge Past, Present and Future.

2013 Summer Season: Metamorphoses, Canterbury Tales, Macbeth

Three popular in situ: performances return this summer with revivals of Metamorphoses, The Canterbury Tales and Macbeth.

The 2013 summer season gets underway in just over two weeks at Wandlebury Country Park, where in situ:’s talented ensemble create a unique experience in the open air with an original interpretation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Two weeks later, The Canterbury Tales returns to Newmarket Road’s Leper Chapel, presenting a unique opportunity to hear stories from rude Reeves, risque Merchants and romantic Knights, in and around one of Cambridge’s oldest buildings.

Finally, the intense two-person Macbeth which has played to sell-out crowds seated in the Leper Chapel in previous years returns to thrill audiences once more.