run by professional actors for 4-14 year olds
Young Actors' Workshops
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Texts Worked on to date
"Emil and the Detectives" - a great play for young people as they form a gang to catch the robber Mr Snow. Very physical work with great characters to play.
"Thirty Nine Steps" which has 250 characters to play. It's hilarious and the students are having such fun with creating such fun characters and using their bodies to create part of the set. Only 4 actors play the 250 characters so you have to keep your wits about you and learn to change emotions/body shapes/voices, literally at the drop of a hat.
"The Seven Ages of Man" speech from As You Like It
Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore sketch "The One Legged Actor"
The Frost Report - The Class sketch
Drama Workshops is a company run by Camilla Vella and David Hinton, who are professional actors, providing drama workshops for children in Kingston and the surrounding areas since 2010. They have over 50 years’ experience between them covering the Classics, contemporary plays, musical theatre, film and television work. Previous professional productions include eight shows with The Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as The Globe Theatre, The Royal Court, the West End, Farnham Repertory, European tours and British Council tours of South East Asia. Luminaries worked with include Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Nicholas Cage,Stephen Mangan, Emily Watson, as well as the writers Howard Brenton, Peter Whelan, David Storey, Stephen Adley-Guirgis and Christopher Fry. They run workshops at 12 schools and provide their own private workshops during the school holidays and half terms.
The workshops will explore a variety of texts including Classics, Shakespeare and modern plays. Using improvisation, physical games, movement, listening skills and storytelling we will work on how to analyse, understand and develop characters within a play. We will also develop a weekly warm up session to allow our students to become more aware and confident in using their physical and vocal abilities. The classes are designed to be fun, without the pressure of a public performance and to allow the students to express themselves and to be themselves without being judged. Along the way the students will also find out what it is really like to be an actor from auditions to touring to finding work.