This course, designed over 3 terms, is designed to enable students to achieve their potential as an actor at the start of their journey. In doing so it will give you the tools to continue your training in a three year degree or diploma course in the future.
The students will be introduced to and explore a range of methods and techniques that will free the actor’s imagination, voice and physicality.
Through working on both classical and contemporary texts the students will develop the beginnings of an acting technique encompassing both physical and psychological aspects of lifting the text off of the page and bringing a character to life.
In the first term you will work through and explore drama schools and their performance courses. You will look at each courses requirements, audition processes and course structures. This will enable you to make clear and concise choices as to which drama schools would be right for you and most likely successfully navigate the audition process.
Through classical text classes, acting technique classes and presentation classes you will ultimately find and bring to a performance level, at least, 3 classical and three modern monologues which you will be able to use in drama school auditions. You will be given guidance in audition technique, casting and which monologues are suitable.
In the first term you will also have classes in voice, improvisation, actors movement, actor’s dance, acting skills and physical skills. All of these disciplines are designed to free you as an actor physically and vocally and help to create a more holistic approach to your acting.
This will ultimately be you audition term, so the focus will be on making sure each student is completely prepared for each of their auditions. Classes will continue in voice, acting technique, actor’s movement and audition technique. However the focus on audition techniques will switch to looking forward towards students second or even third round auditions. Looking at group audition techniques, confidence, and your mental and physical stamina in later rounds of auditions, which can last up to two days.
Alongside your continued classes, we will prepare for your showcase. This will be a performance in our resident theatre – The Eve Lyons Studio Theatre, for your friends and family. This maybe a selection of devised work and monologues set to a theme or a published play. We then will see you graduate and move on to your preferred places of study, wherever they may be, with the skills and knowledge you have learnt in this intensive years course that will carry you through to your next stage of training and into the industry.
One of the major advantages of being at PPA on our foundation courses are our outreach programmes: we have programmes with colleges such as Arts Educational Schools London, Royal Welsh College, ALRA and with our own PPA 3 Year Professional Diploma in Musical Theatre.
PPA are visited regularly by senior figures at these colleges to talk to students about their respective courses, and also to take workshops on audition procedures and techniques specific to their particular establishments (together with further advice about the business in general).
We will arrange for the colleges to audition our students at the most beneficial time for our students; at the height of their training. It is our aim at PPA, for all of our students to achieve places at any of these top colleges on a 3 year Diploma or BA Hons Course.