Daily Voice & Movement Classes with ATI

Actor’s Training Ireland are doing daily voice and movement classes starting at the end of the month. I’ve done a number of workshops with ATI and always found them really interesting and useful. I also just enjoy being in a room full of actors or people who are interested in acting and performing, because it makes my interest in it seems much more normal!

These classes sound great because you can do them whenever suits you and I think the cost is really reasonable. I promise they’re not paying me to advertise them, I just want someone to take advantage of the wonderful opportunity because I can’t!

Daily Voice and Movement Classes
Monday – Friday
22nd November – 17th December (except 6th & 7th)
2 hours – 10.00 – 12.00

Up to 9 classes – €100
Up to 18 classes – €180

Dublin International Hostel, 61 Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7

These daily 2 hour classes offer an integrated approach to voice and movement and give actors the chance to fully engage their mind and body, to be centred, open and vocally and physically connected. They are a way of becoming imaginatively and physically flexible, of being vocally strong and adaptable and mentally liberated.

These daily classes will provide a strong framework for actors to engage with thought, action and emotion and prepare them for acting work, working on text or improvisation. They encourage actors to be playful, spontaneous, thoughtful and purposeful.

Do as many as you like, whenever you like!

Corn Exchange

The fabulous, wonderful Corn Exchange have two shows on in Dublin this month.

Happy Days is on at the Project until November 20th and then Freefall starts in the Abbey on November 23rd.

I saw Happy Days at the Abbey with Fiona Shaw as Winnie a couple of years ago. It was part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. I am happy to see it again because I think it’s a play that probably improves with repeated viewings. It’s Beckett so it’s not surprising that it’s a bit odd. The couple sitting next to me left at the interval, thinking the play was over. They happened to be having a coffee in the foyer when the announcement came on to say that the second half was starting soon.

In an almost perfect inverse I saw Freefall at the Project as part of last year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. Since then they have been to Edinburgh and Mexico (I love the photos from that trip!). I thought it was a beautiful show and will probably be dragging a few people along to see it in the Abbey.

You should go see both because Corn Exchange are a wonderful company who a pretty much guaranteed to give you a great night’s entertainment, and be moving and thought-provoking too. And if you are still not convinced, go see Happy Days on Wednesday when all tickets are only €12 and see what you think!

Links for potential playwrights

This time last year I started my play-writing course with the Open University. I also signed up for NaNoWriMo. Unfortunately I found it impossible to attempt to write 50,000 words in 30 days and learn the basis rules of play-writing, where less is more and you are trying to tell the story using as few words as possible. In play-writing, you have to tell the story without writing long descriptive paragraphs about the weather and what your characters are wearing, you can’t give them long inner monologues or tell the reader exactly what they are thinking and feeling at any given moment.

On the other hand, when you are trying to churn out as many words as you can, these are all invaluable tools. I had to give up on the novel writing last year in order to concentrate on the play-writing course.

I’ve read a few plays recently but I haven’t tried writing one in a while. I did come across a couple of links for anyone who is thinking about playwriting.

The first is an article in The Irish Times called Budding playwright? Then here’s how to take your latest script from page to stage. It’s a six-point plan of how to become a playwright! Number 1 is write the play!

The second is a competition run by the Soho Theatre in London. It’s called the Verity Bargate Award. It’s open to playwrights in the UK and Ireland, the prize is £5000 and the deadline is 11 March 2010.

So I will have plenty of time to write sometime, once National Novel Writing Month comes to an end.