The Actors Centre

Auditions - Confidence with Scenes and Sides

WHAT IS IT? When we are presented with isolated scenes and sides (or given particular scene or page numbers to prepare) for audition, sometimes we don't know where to start in presenting a clear sense of character and an understanding of the text - and are often haunted by the often-heard edict 'make bold choices!' This workshop is about having a systematic plan to analyse our audition scenes by way of a series of questions we may recognise from a Stanislavski approach and then - having established the clear basics - be freed up to add our own creative, distinctive and confident flavour to auditions. HOW WILL IT WORK? In this one-day workshop, we will work on as many varied scenes as possible. We will examine and work through scenes with a variety of scene partners using a simple checklist of questions and answers, with the aim of encouraging confidence in presenting text in auditions - whether for theatre, TV or film. WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF IT? A simple, adaptable plan for working on scenes. An opportunity to discuss what happens in auditions and to work on scenes in 'mock' auditions, leading to more confidence when auditioning in future. Price: £30.


Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is Alan Ayckbourn’s casting director, casting world premieres of his plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, in the West End, at the National Theatre and on Broadway, as well as many other productions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. She has also freelanced extensively for the BBC, where series include Jonathan Creek, Grass, Love Soup, 2 Pints, Pulling, John Sullivan's Rock & Chips, The Old Guys, Freedom and The Great Outdoors. Theatre work includes plays for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, and Theatre Royal Northampton, and six projects for Frantic Assembly, including Love Song, Othello and The Believers. In 2011/2012 she was one of four Senior Cast Co-ordinators for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies, leading on the Paralympic Opening. She recently cast the BBC1 series Slings and Arrows, and other recent projects include world premieres of John Godber's Muddy Cows and Alan Ayckbourn's Roundelay, Sugar Daddies for the ACT Theatre in Seattle, Cox and Box, The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, Aladdin and Slipping for the SJT and Kill Me Now for the Park Theatre. She is a member of the Casting Directors’ Guild.


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