Don’t be afraid to make Shakespeare your own, and though he may be considered one of the greatest playwrights to ever live, you won’t do his plays justice if you’re too busy worshipping or fearing them.
Memorisation is a skill, and it’s something you can sharpen and also something that can get rusty, so best practice is to make it part of your ongoing homework as an actor, and build it into your routine.
Name a project, it likely contains a monologue, so it makes sense that actors have a good handle of performing them. It’s also worthwhile to have a few up your sleeve for auditioning, as monologues – especially in theatre – often form part of the audition process.
The Arts can no longer be undervalued. We must learn to see them as the necessity that they are, the key to allowing young people to develop wholly and eventually take on and lead a world that we, at the moment, can hardly imagine.
This article is designed to share some tips and tricks that we’ve learnt when it comes to lesson planning and teaching drama online, including warm-ups, main topics, and structuring performance tasks on Zoom.
According to Arts Health Resources, there “is a growing body of evidence that supports the notion that active involvement in creative activities can provide a wide range of benefits, including the promotion of well-being, quality of life and health”.
“If you feel like you’re different or like you don’t fit in, drama can be the place where you are given an opportunity to not only belong, but stand out. It has been that for me.”
“Being an actor has really helped broaden my understanding, patience and empathy towards others. Stepping into a character without judgement is such a valuable lesson for how to address people in everyday life.”