At our theatre schools we mark out our performing spaces each week in acting, dancing and singing classes? Why?
For many years I taught at many theatre schools and drama schools training professional actors and none of them seemed to teach the importance of the space that the performer works in. For us in Theatretrain this is a special space. It separates the performance from the backstage and the audience and it has rules. At a simple level there is onstage and offstage. There is a left and a right and there is a front and a rear. Then there is floor level all the way up to the ceiling. So, this space has many possibilities and we explore many different ways of using it. We also don’t forget that theatre spaces come in all shapes and sizes. In-the-round anybody?
Over a period of time a student learns how to enter and exit effectively and how to hold on to their performance until they are completely offstage. We are training performers to be alive in this particular place and to feel the specialness of it. What are the rules and how do we use them and what happens if you break the rules? For instance, sometimes it can be very effective to turn your back on the audience.
By marking out the edge in acting, dancing and singing we invite our young performers to be AWAKE if the work is going to catch our attention and interest us. That’s why the lines on the floor are helpful. In rehearsal or class, they show the exact spot where you leave behind your normal self and for a time, step into another world.
When you put these skills together in a clearly marked out space you are developing a performer who can think inside and outside the box.
Our nationwide performing arts schools, teaching young people skills in singing, acting and dancing can provide your child with a weekend activity that encourages confidence, friendship, communication skills and so much more. If you would like to find out more about our theatre schools or your child has shown an interest in attending drama, dance and singing classes then visit our website www.theatretrain.co.uk