Video tutorials to help you with acting
Acting - videoclips
Need a bit of inspiration to help you with your acting?
Click on the links below to watch videoclips of exercises that'll get you strutting your stuff in no time.
These exercises are all used by professional actors, to help them in rehearsal. They've been adapted for video by John Lightbody and Dawn Hudson, who demonstrate them here. John and Dawn are both highly experienced actor workshop leaders, who work with the MAP Consortium to train actors and teachers in the best ways to express themselves.
These exercises will give you lots to think about when you're acting in your 60 Second Shakespeare, but don't just watch them - have a go yourself!
One to Ten
- John and Dawn demonstrate an exercise to help with acting out emotions, from the very mildest to the most intense.
Every Word Counts
- This exercise looks at different ways to deliver lines, and will get you thinking about fun ways to play your 60 Second Shakespeare role.
Who, What and Where
- Thinking about where your piece is set means you'll come up with exciting ideas about how to act it. Dawn and John demonstrate by imagining Macbeth at the hairdressers!
Bonus Exercise - If you believe it, they will
Here's another exercise Dawn and John recommend for improving your acting skills which you can try yourself, on your own, with mates, or maybe while you're making your 60 Second Shakespeare.
Select a passage of strong imagery, such as "dark night strangles the travelling lamp" (Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 4).
Look at the line, close your eyes, and visualise what you think that image is - try to see it like a film in your head.
Describe what you see in detail
Close your eyes again - say the line whilst running the images in your head.
Open your eyes again, and keeping the sense of those images at the back of your mind, give the line to the camera.
It's designed to help actors connect with the images in a piece of writing - often very strong in Shakespeare.