1st May 2003




Local amateur actors will take centre stage at a series of summer drama classes run by the University of Lincoln in June and July.


The university will welcome its first full-time drama degree students at Brayford Pool in September, and as a curtain-raiser local enthusiasts are being invited to brush up their skills and knowledge on a practical course on Saturday mornings.


The course, entitled ‘The Actor and the Play’, will be led by Michael Earley, the university’s Professor of Drama, and will run for four Saturdays: 21st and 28th June and 5th and 12th July.


“This course will explore a variety of approaches to acting and directing by working with scenes and speeches from key classic and contemporary plays,” said Professor Earley, who joined the university in January


The works studied will include plays by Euripides, William Shakespeare, Aphra Benn, Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, Jean-Paul Sartre, Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill and Alan Ayckbourn.


Each class will start with a series of acting exercises, whereupon students will work through the process of creatively transferring a scene of a play from the page to the stage.


Classes will end with the presentation of a series of rehearsed speeches and scenes by individuals and groups.


“This course is ideal for students who have some experience of acting and directing on an amateur level and who would like to extend their knowledge and capacity in these areas,” Professor Earley added.


The course costs £60 and classes will run from 9am until 1pm at Brayford Pool.


For more details or to enrol contact Rachel Heaton on Lincoln 886898


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