The Actors Centre

TV Comedy Castings

WHAT IS IT? This workshop will help you develop your comic acting for both TV and theatre. HOW WILL IT WORK? We will spend some time talking about comic acting and auditioning, with an intensive look at the differences between various comedy styles, how to adapt comedy acting to prevailing trends on TV and in theatre and how to develop a sense of timing and confidence in comic performance. We will work on comic audition pieces, try to define what types of comedy acting might suit participants best and perform and work on some TV comedy scenes and some more theatre based pieces. Participants will be filmed in mock auditions with some comedy TV scenes which we will watch back and discuss. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? An opportunity to discuss and work on comic scenes, develop your audition technique and gain a greater sense of your own ‘funny bones’. Participant Price £55. Observer Price £15.


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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