Everyone loves watching movies, theatres, musicals... they transport us to a different world. How many of us felt our hearts jump when Emmerdale’s escaped convict Cameron kidnapped Debbie’s daughter Sarah and held 12 people hostage in the Woolpack? If you love all the drama that comes with great entertainment and appreciate the hard work put in by the casts, you might be interested in pursuing a drama course. Whether you love the lights and stage or you come out of your shell and feel alive when you assume a different role – whatever it is, our drama courses are suitable for all your needs.
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From Shakespeare to contemporary playwrights, you’ll find the courses invigorating with new techniques for voice and movement. A drama course is playful and inventive at the best of times, allowing you to open up physically and vocally, with a chance to meet likeminded people in a supportive environment. Whether you’re auditioning for drama school, theatre, television or film, how you walk into that room and perform is all that’s between you and that part…and the BAFTA!
Just a beginner? Act it out anyway!
If you’d like to dip your toes into acting but you’re not too sure if you’re cut out for it, get on one of the amateur drama courses available. These courses are normally short workshops and summer schools that are not only great for you to discover if acting is your calling, but to also have fun and build some other skills along the way. These short, intensive courses introduce training techniques used by professionals and give a fascinating insight into musical theatre training. Students will also be taken on field trips to places like the theatre to help inspire them.
We’ve seen and heard how competitive it can be to make a career out of acting. Whether it’s to perform in plays, theatres, movies or soaps, there’s no easy road to breaking into the industry. And even when you manage to get a role, it takes a lot of talent and luck to be spotted before getting that big break. Think Tatiana Maslany, who suddenly caught the industry and every viewer’s attention when she acted in Orphan Black, a science fiction TV series which saw her playing seven different characters, who happened to be her clones. A drama course will certainly help you get spotted with some requiring students to have a good level of acting and singing before they’re accepted and offering showcases at the end which agents attend. From training for auditions right up to promoting new techniques to professional actors, there are drama courses for all levels.
The Northern Advisory Council for Further Education (NCFE) is an awarding body that is nationally recognised and focuses on certifying, developing and designing national awards and qualifications in the UK. Its excellent service and friendly approach to training providers make its NCFE drama courses perfect for people who are looking to gain qualifications in drama in education, acting, performance skills and theatre.
What can you do with a qualification in drama?
You need not necessarily go into acting. Some prefer to work behind the scenes and teach drama. A career as a drama teacher can be rewarding as you help aspiring actors and actresses realise their dreams. Some of the things you’ll learn include structuring workshops, using games and exercises for training and improvisation skills for a variety of situations. At the end of the course, you’ll gain new drama teaching skills, have a good knowledge of current trends and be able to explore teaching methodologies. Other behind the scenes work includes working with production companies and carrying out the business, marketing and public relations side of things within television and theatre.
What do you learn?
You’ll learn to develop a clear understanding of yourself as a creative person and understand performance skills alongside gaining a critical and imaginative engagement with the social, historical and cultural contexts of theatre. Courses will require you to extend yourself physically, psychologically and intellectually, so work is stimulating and enlightening at the best of times. There are opportunities to gain real world experience through work placements, where students can choose to take performance projects or written dissertations.
More than just roles and scripts
Studying drama has a lot of benefits. It helps build self-confidence, public speaking and develops interpersonal skills. Many of the skills learned are transferable – students learn to develop team spirit, solve problems creatively, carry out research and understand research methodologies. Students will also find that they deal with stress and anxiety better, as performing will put them in situations like these on a regular basis.
Fan of Sherlock Holmes?
Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken about his drove of fans who would show up to the Gower Street set, the same fans they had to calm down so they could actually record some scenes. The actor has played Holmes since series one started in 2010 and explained how he does those captivating Sherlock monologues.
He said: ‘You read the scripts and you go – “Great!” And then you go, “Oh no”, because it’s really hard. I think my process has improved, but when I get behind it is a mess. I mean when it’s the sweet spot, it’s the wonderful thing, but you pull it off about once or twice in about five takes.’
“It’s really hard to be slightly ahead (goes into Sherlock monologue speed) because-you’re-literally-speaking-at-the-speed-of-thought-and-you-can’t-think-what-you’re-going-to-say-next-and-I’m-trying-to-do-it-now-and-I-don’t-know-what-I’m-going-to-say-next-look-at-that-over-here, and yet this really isn’t random association, it’s really specific.”
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