Philippa at work in the studio
1-1 sessions for actors: essential skills for reading aloud from a script
A fun and supportive 1-1 session ideal for beginners, nervous readers and brushing up the basics for the more experienced sight reader
“Thanks again for yesterday, it has really given me a base to start from.”
Terry Scotchmer, New Actor
For actors …
… Auditioning with an unseen piece or prepared sides from the script
… Performing script-in-hand play-readings, poetry or prose to an audience
… Recording a voice-over for advert, narration or talking book
… Working in radio drama
… Presenting from autocue
Sight-reading is a highly marketable skill.
So many actors and performers get nervous and let themselves down with a dull, monotonous reading that fails to give the director an insight into their acting ability, or to engage the audience.
The results …
Not being cast … earning a bad review … even damaging your reputation.
The solution …
Fix those sight-reading problems with a two-hour 1-1 coaching session on auditioning or performing script-in-hand with actor, voice artist and trainer Philippa Hammond
So what does the actor need to learn to fix these sight-reading problems, impress the director, get cast, engage the audience and get cast again?
- A positive, confident attitude
- Techniques for marking up the script for practical performance
- Vocal variety through use of emphasis, pauses, change of pace and volume
- The feeling that ideas are occurring spontaneously with apparent changes of thought and direction
- Audience engagement through expression, eye contact, body language and gesture
We can cover whatever you need, including
- Dealing with nerves and building confidence
- Simple practical techniques for marking up a script ready for reading
- The ‘secret script’ every actor or reader needs to create
- Voice: relaxation, breathing, voice and microphone technique, controlling emphasis, pauses, change of pace and volume for variety and interest
- Body language: Use expression, movement and gesture to give energy and life to your readings
- Reading exercises
- Recording exercises on your phone or iPad
- Autocue practice on your phone or iPad
- Discussion and feedback
- Post course: continuing professional development exercises
What would you like to do?
‘… understated and impressively controlled … Hammond excels … ‘
James Kirkup – The Scotsman
‘ … spellbinding and entertaining, heart rending and humorous … ‘
Roderick Graham – The Scotsman