Technique Classes

tcClassical Actor – Actor’s Toolkit with Iain Sinclair

Classical Actor – Actor’s Toolkit with Iain Sinclair

The Classical Actor 3-Day Intensive is specially designed for actors hungry to tear the roof off heaven and rail at the gods. Actors will emerge a little more robust, a tad more muscular and a good deal more cultured!

“And thou, all-shaking thunder,
Smite flat the thick rotundity o’ the world!
Crack nature’s moulds, an germens spill at once,
That make ingrateful man!” – King Lear

Participants are invited to bring classical texts from the treasury of ancient world theatre. Scenes and monologues ranging from Ancient Greeks to The Golden Age of Spanish Theatre, the Elizabethans and more will be excavated, unpacked and thrust into bold, terrifying and majestic new life.

The focus of this scene class will be on marrying the ancient technical acting requirements of heightened language with the modern expectations of realist acting. There will also be a focus on the development of classical skills

  • Rhythm meter and verse in performance
  • Image mapping
  • Worldview and performance context
  • The physical and vocal demands of Ancient text

“A weak speech spoken with great skill is preferable to good writing delivered badly” Quintillian , Rome 95AD