By: Jan Farmery – LAMDA Tutor
As we near the end of the Autumn Term, all students are well on their way with new pieces.All being well these students will be entered for their exam towards the end of next term.
We concentrate on many important aspects of stagecraft as some of the Knowledge questions require an understanding of the performer/audience relationship – how to ‘share’ the performance so that an audience feels involved, how to understand how different moves that are made across the performance area change the focus of the story. It is so good to see students coming up with their ideas as to what would be a ‘good’ move, what position of the body would tell of ‘fear’ or ‘surprise’ and so on. I use, obviously in a slightly diluted form, all techniques I would use with professional actors.
One of the most supportive things parents can do is take their children to see ‘live’ theatre. I know it is not cheap but there is nothing like seeing a good, professional production and the impact can be profound – a completely different experience from seeing a film. Michael Morpugo’s WAR HORSE has returned to The National Theatre – it is an extraordinary experience for children and adults alike. As I say, not cheap but unforgettable. I promise I am not on commission!!!!
I am often asked what the difference is between Drama and Theatre…. I will attempt to answer that one in the next blog!
A Happy Festive Season from LAMDA students and their tutor.