The Actors Centre

Action and Impulse: Freedom and Specificity

WHAT IS IT? A workshop that will teach you a simple, repeatable approach to taking your attention off yourself, truly change the other person and create unbelievably truthful dialogue.

HOW WILL IT WORK? The session will begin with an introduction to international theatre director Mike Alfreds' approach to text using genuinely useful actioning and objectives on short duologues. We will then move on to losing our self-awareness while exploring where the impulse to speak actually comes from. The hugely popular workshop is guaranteed to be fun, energised and packed with practical skills.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? A clear, practicable, economic approach to making any scene your own and releasing you into playing fully and boldly in the moment.

Workshop tier: INTERMEDIATE

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Simon Trinder

Simon recently played Trinculo in Greg Doran’s ground breaking production of The Tempest with Simon Russell Beale for the RSC and has just been seen in the BBC's television series of Jaqueline Wilson's novel, Katy. He is a longstanding member of the RSC with 14 productions under his belt in Stratford, the West End and abroad. Other theatre work includes seasons at Shakespeare's Globe, Royal Court, Hampstead Theatre and Young Vic. He recently played regular roles in ITV’s supernatural thriller Midwinter Of The Spirit and BBC’S smash hit series Ordinary Lies season 2. Other TV credits include The Hollow Crown series and Wolfblood. Simon directed Henry V for the RSC young company in conjunction with Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Swan Theatre Stratford-Upon-Avon and Kidnapped for the Manchester fringe with theatre company In The Red. Simon has worked extensively with Mike Alfreds at the Hampstead Theatre, Plymouth Theatre Royal, Shakespeare's Globe and the RSC. Mike is an advisor and practitioner at Simon's own school, ICAT (


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