Focusing on the power and precision of the spoken word along with the dexterity and storytelling capacity of the physical body, the Vocal and Physical Projects present two wonderfully vibrant and exciting new works where our second year students harness their full attention to these two essential skills of the actor.
With six months of the course remaining it’s time now for each actor to step into an industry awareness through polishing their skills in accents and technique to create polished performances. Connecting with either classical or contemporary theatre, powerful characters and powerful material are tackled from some of history's greatest plays.
The second year actors are now ready to embrace the depth, subtleties and complexity of character work, and where better than with and through the great characters in the Russian and other complex theatre cannon. Drawing on the great plays and great playwrights from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century, actors work with two distinguished industry directors uncovering the wealth of discovery that lies in these great works.
It’s the final show for the course and time for the graduates to step out into the industry. Through a series of monologues and/or scenes, the company creates a show reflecting their industry-ready skills. Whilst continuing to honour the character and the story, it is time to move from acting school and be welcomed and initiated into the profession.
This is a powerful performance process for the first years who, under direct guidance, create a solo movement presentation which encompasses aspects of their own life story and journey. This is a night of eclectic, diverse and passionate personal performance with the actors expressing themselves and their craft through a process from which they cannot hide.
The first years take to the stage and perform scenework for the first time in their course through engaging with the Australian repertoire. Contemporary scenes bring our culture and experience of ourselves to dramatic life in a bare-boards scene work presentation.
With all the skills in place, it’s time to test them to the hilt. Actors are asked to rise to the height of their abilities through tackling the greatest challenge as well as the greatest gift an actor can have – performing Shakespeare. Each company works on an abridged version of from this classical repertoire.
Woven text and stories, actor-driven and image-based, the DEVISED PROJECT provides the perfect platform to consolidate the various skills learnt in the first 12 months of the course, whilst understanding both the structure, power, and responsibility of creating a hand-crafted theatre piece.
If art mirrors life, then best to connect to the source itself: real life, real people. Through many hours of recorded interviews, the second year actors bring their interviewed people to life with absolute vocal precision. Actors will never look at characters in plays the same after this project - as verbatim theatre gets under the skins of real people and takes you to the heart of their truth.