COURSE E – 2018: The Secret Life of Plays
A week-long course led by director-writer Conall Morrison, for both actors and directors, exploring techniques essential to fully understanding a text and how that understanding is brought alive by the actor in performance.
The focus will be on three plays: Conversations on a Homecoming by Tom Murphy, Translations by Brian Friel, and Friel’s translation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
Areas explored will include how actors must grasp the writers’ different narrative techniques, their thematic concerns, how they build character, the spoken music of the text, the relationship between text and subtext, their approach to comedy – and how the actor accesses that extra quality that gives each writer their distinctive, inimitable voice.
Of benefit to both actors and directors, the week will be a fully hands-on, participatory process where all the ideas being explored will be thoroughly road-tested on the rehearsal floor, powered by the principle that all exploration of the text is only worthwhile if the discoveries can then be realised in performance.
Come and test the text, test yourself, and reap the rewards in more fully realised performance!