The Actors Centre

The Headstrong Approach: Becoming Somebody Else

WHAT IS IT? A fast-track approach to building imaginative, in-depth and credible characterisations which will not only satisfy an author’s intentions but also be fresh and compelling works of art. HOW WILL IT WORK? Based on a brief character description, you will create and become an original personality. By imagining their life story, physique, voice and nuances of personality, you will acquire a sense of this person’s self and enable their on-camera behaviour to be intuitive instead of programmed. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? A simple way to create a rounded human being who is capable of truthfully experiencing their involvement in a script’s narrative. Participant Price: £55. Observer Price: £15.


Michael Ferguson

Michael trained as an actor at LAMDA, but was soon drawn into television. He has produced and directed many TV programmes: Dr Who, EastEnders, Colditz, Casualty and The Bill are only a few on a very long list. Over the years he has worked with hundreds of actors, Dame Edith Evans, Rod Steiger and Sir Ben Kingsley among others, and has taught at leading drama schools, including RADA, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Guildford School of Acting and ALRA. In 2002 he established the Film and Television training department at the ArtsEd School of Acting. At the Actors Centre, he has developed and led Sky TV and BBC summer schools, taught at countless workshops and directed several short films. He works continuously to lighten the emotional and physical burdens that many actors struggle to bear.


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