The Actors Centre

Screen Acting: Acting With No Words

WHAT IS IT? Too often we focus on acting only when we have lines and switch off when the other actor is talking. If the best acting comes when an audience can see change and discovery, then the ability of a performer to show this without speaking is the mark of a good actor.

HOW WILL IT WORK? We will use a variety of exercises to focus on how we can listen to and engage with the other actor when we have no dialogue. We will learn the difference between “showing” and “telling”, explore the idea of screen acting being “less is more” and understand how the reaction shot is often the most important in film and television.

WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF IT? An insight into how much potential you have as a storyteller when the script gives you no words. A practical guide to making those moments compelling and truthful. The capacity to communicate narrative and show your character’s journey without using the text of a script.

Price: £55

Workshop tier: INTERMEDIATE

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Finlay Robertson

Finlay Robertson is an experienced actor and writer who has appeared onstage at The Royal Court, Park Theatre and most recently in The Merchant Of Venice at The Almeida. In 2012 The Old Vic took his one person-play Strong Arm to the Edinburgh Fringe. On screen he’s appeared as regular series roles in Body Farm (BBC One) and Life Begins (ITV), as well as leading guest roles in shows such as Scott & Bailey, New Tricks, Doc Martin, Taggart, Persuasion and the iconic Blink episode of Dr Who. He’s also played leading roles in several independent British films, as well popping up in as dozens of commercials in the UK and abroad - including nationwide campaigns for Sainsburys, Doritos and Halifax. On radio he’s an experienced voiceover artist and has narrated several high profile audiobooks, including the Pat Barker Noonday trilogy.


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