London Road

DISCOVERY TUESDAY

London Road the musical is written based on a real-life event of a serial killer in London Road near Ipswich. The musical is written in the verbatim style – a style of writing where the musical is constructed using the text exactly as recorded in documentaries and interviews. The ‘music’ and lyrics is dictated and mimicked mainly by the rhythm, pace and pitch of the spoken words.

London was a project launched by the National Theatre initially, however, after receiving many positive reviews, the show was taken on a national tour and later in 2015, reworked for a film adaptation which was recently broadcasted on BBC iplayer.

London Road – written by Alecky Blythe (book and lyrics) and Adam Cork (music and Continue reading

10 Ways To Bomb Your Audition

There’s so much talk about what you need to do in auditions and not so much about what might actually ruin your audition.

Take a read at this article and try and avoid ever doing these 10 things 🙂

http://theatrenerds.com/10-ways-completely-bomb-audition/

What Is Your Dance CV?

Tyler Hanes is a Broadway performer. Over the years he has worked on numerous productions. Take a look at this video as Tyler talks through his experience and memories of the show, as well as giving you a little snapshot of his dancing skills 🙂

Enjoy

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How to Practice Effectively

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

TED Talks are one of my favourite channels to listen on. They have multiple topics, and whether it’s a lecture or video, they are always informative, educational and inspiring.

I came across this video about practice recently and I wanted to share with all of you. As performers, we are constantly confronted with the act of practice; in fact, you probably spend more time practising than be in lessons. Knowing how to practice is vital as they way you practice will shape your craft. Your teacher can help you refine your craft, but they cannot do it for you. It is YOU who decides upon the quality and quantity of practice, which will have a direct impact on the performance.

As mentioned in the video, it takes years of practice to master a skill, therefore, knowing and learning the most efficient way to practice will maximise your development – Continue reading

14 Side Effect Of Being A Theatre Kid

Oh… this article cracks me up! This is so true!

How many of these are you, I definitely suffer from 12/14 of these ‘side effects’ haha!

Nevertheless, I’d like to add another one… “No. 15: You speak sentences with show tunes Continue reading

Acting Advice from Broadway Stars

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Wow! What a set of advice. I must have listened to this video a dozen times!

Musical theatre as we all know is a mixture of singing, dancing and ACTING! A lot of time we forget we are telling a story and embracing a different character because we are so focused on the singing and dancing when really, the reason you are singing and dancing is because the moment/character demands it. Go out and experience, see, study and observe the world. The more knowledge you have of the world and as a person, the more flavour and layers you will be able to bring to whatever role you are working on.

I often remind my students, acting is not the last thing you do or add to the character, but it should be the first. Before you even attempt to work on the song, you should have a good knowledge of what, where and why you are singing, because this will not just inform the choices you make, but the way you deliver the song/role as well. Of course, when you are in a show, the director, musical director and choreographer will help you refine those Continue reading

Audition tips from behind the table

This week is half term week in most drama schools, this also means for most drama schools – it is the perfect time for auditions.

I know a few of my students are auditioning around various places hoping to gain a place in drama schools, so I think it’s the appropriate time to share an article on audition tips.

This article will give you an idea of what the panel are looking for. Although this isn’t specifically tailored to drama school auditions, the principles are very similar in concept Continue reading