Q: My child has done acting classes before and all they seemed to do was play games. How is this programme different?
A: Drama “games” were invented as a way of developing communication skills be it listening, observing, confidence building, team work and more. There are some valuable exercises that we do use in the Act Lab programme but every ‘game’ has a purpose and an outcome that students are made aware of. The exercises we use in the programme are a small but valuable part of the warm up.
Q: I have been told that my son should do acting because he is such an extrovert. Will this be the right programme for him?
A: A common misconception is that all actors are extroverts who want to be the centre of attention. We welcome all students who show a willingness to listen, learn and work as a part of an ensemble.
Q: What preparation or homework is required each week?
A: Acting is a collaborative process and we encourage students to come to class prepared to work. Students will often work with a scene partner and will be expected to learn their lines. Coming to class unprepared and not knowing their script means the student is letting down their partner or the ensemble.
Q: How can I foster my child’s interest in theatre and film?
A: Good actors are curious. They read books, watch quality film and television and are interested in what makes people tick. Encourage your child by taking them to live theatre, buy them books, engage in discussions on all topics and help them see they world through non-judgemental eyes.