The Actors Centre

Acting in Period Drama

WHAT IS IT? Using scenes from broadcast period TV dramas, this workshop will look at handling period language, social and political context, manners and etiquette, creating character, balancing the requirements of period with contemporary sensibility, physicality, listening and playing in the moment and technical proficiency in front of the camera. HOW WILL IT WORK? Participants will be cast and sent scenes in advance, which will be filmed as in a professional context, the results being played back for critique and feedback. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? An understanding of how to approach creating and playing a character in a period context, so that the real thing will hold no terrors when it comes. Price: £55.


David Tucker

Among David’s screen credits are A Very Peculiar Practice (BAFTA nomination, Best Series), A Very Polish Practice (British Comedy Awards nomination, best single film), Behaving Badly (International Emmy Awards nomination, best serial) and The Gravy Train (RTS nomination, best series). More recently his directing credits include Lark Rise to Candleford, Dalziel and Pascoe, The Last Detective, Born and Bred, Midsomer Murders, Grafters, Bramwell, Rhinoceros, Stanley and the Women (best serial, Banff International Festival), Miss Marple, Holby City and EastEnders. As a theatre director credits include productions for the RSC, Bristol Old Vic and Liverpool Playhouse.


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