19
Feb
2014

RSC artistic director Gregory Doran on board as ICAT advisor

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We had an amazing couple of weeks at ICAT recently where two esteemed colleagues happily joined our company as advisors. These two lovely gents are Gregory Doran and Mike Alfreds. Both giants of world theatre, Greg and Mike are highly skilled, highly accomplished men with a passion for the highest quality theatre and acting.   We will touch on Mike in…

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07
Feb
2014

The Actor & Emotion

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Listening to a great audio interview with one of our Course advisors, Mike Alfreds yesterday and he brilliantly touched on a really useful truth. He commented that he got fed up watching actors on stage or in rehearsal winding themselves up into a state of tension, eyes bulging, veins popping, red faced and holding their breath to summon 'emotion'. He…

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03
Feb
2014

What Do I Want?

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The first and core question for any actor approaching a scene is 'what do I want?'. This can also be termed as an objective, goal or desire. Asking yourself that question means that you are forced to be specific. And being specific means you can make informed decisions about what steps to take, what tactics or actions to perform. This…

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03
Feb
2014

Craftsmanship

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It sometimes feels, as actors, that we are winging it. That eventually someone is 'going to find us out'. That we are simply indulging ourselves when we perform, that maybe charisma, a funny voice and a bit of luck are essentially what actors require to 'make it'. This feeling often pervades the casting suite, the acting class and frighteningly, sometimes…

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03
Feb
2014

The Three P’s Or What Was I Born To Do?

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Ever stood in a supermarket with the instruction 'surprise me, get whatever you want for dinner' and been totally stuck? It seems an unwritten law of the universe that freedom creates chaos. In a world that screams 'you can be anything!' It is tricky to know where to start. Access to all areas creates confusion and we maybe lose sensitivity…

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31
Jan
2014

Our First Blog

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It seems a fitting time to launch our blogging career as there are a great many things being launched around here at the moment. Including a new company name! Since opening our doors back at the American church in London's West End 7 years ago, we have operated under the name 'propel acting course'. The premise was simply enough. Take…

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