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Directing Performance – A participant’s review (by Carmel Furlong)

Simon and Marian have the Midas touch when it comes to sharing their knowledge and they do it with huge generosity.  In fact, I would go as far as to say, they put heart and soul into their work and their passion shines through.  Their knowledge comes to you in a seamless flow of layered wisdom and is delivered in an enormous packet of fun.

The “Directing Performance” workshop is challenging and special. At the beginning of the week, you direct a devised piece with a group of actors (you get the luxury to work with excellent actors), then you direct a text piece of your own choice.

You are then let loose to write a short play and, most excitingly, you get to see that writing come alive after its been directed by another group member. As Simon and Marian say “Content is King” and Writing helps you understand about Directing as you identify the dramatic forces of a scene, the pushes and the pulls, the turns, crescendo, suspense and other essential dynamics.

The teachers meet regularly with the directors and guide them securely throughout the whole process. It’s a treat. Ah! And you also get the opportunity to act in other class mates pieces throughout the week so that you get to understand the actors needs.

One definite change that I have experienced personally and artistically while attending workshops at The Actors Space is that my confidence has soared and I believe that is entirely due to the encouragement to feel safe to freely express my imagination.

Also, the validation that Simon and Marian have given me for my efforts and achievements throughout my years there have been priceless.  I am indebted to them.

Carmel Furlong, Ireland

Find out more about the Directing Performance Workshop coming up on 18th-26th August 2020!

 

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