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Acting Classes for Summer / Autumn 2009 from Gest Training     

Acting Classes for Summer / Autumn 2009 from Gest Training Gest is pleased to announce details of our latest acting classes and workshops for adults. Now in it's 6th year, Gest continues to offer affordable, quality actor training in Cardiff. We are also offering a free taster workshop in September for the acting-curious to join a no-obligation acting workshop and to find out why so many people keep coming back to Gest classes. Please visit our website www.gest-training.co.uk to find out more about Gest and the training we offer, or email us at gest-training@ntlworld.com if you'd like to know more or enroll on a course.

Shakespeare Weekend Workshop
When: Saturday July 18th and Sunday July 19th 2009, 10am - 3pm each day
Where: Platform 1, Market House, Chapter Arts Centre, Canton, Cardiff
Cost: £50.00

This course is open to anyone over 18 with an interest in performing and learning more about Shakespeare. This workshop would particularly benefit anyone who has had little recent exposure to the Bard, bad memories of sleep-inducing English classes at school or is generally unfamiliar with his language and themes. It’ll also be a great workshop for keeping your acting skills topped up and meeting like-minded people! We’ll undertake loads of practical work, looking at group, paired and solo scenes from 2 contrasting plays. We’ll analyse plots, themes, language and staging choices to give an in-depth, intense learning experience!


FREE Taster Workshop
When: Saturday September 5th 2009. 2pm - 4pm
Where: Platform 1, Market House, Chapter Arts Centre, Canton, Cardiff
Cost: Absolutely FREE!

Come along to our completely free, no-obligation acting taster session where you can see for yourself why so many people enjoy coming to Gest classes. We’ll run a variety of games, exercises and tasks for your delight and delectation. Whether you’ve had some previous performing experience and are looking to see whether a Gest class would be help your continuing development, or you’re completely new to acting and want to see if it’s something you’d enjoy, you’ll be made very welcome at this free session. There will be a maximum of 16 spaces on this session, and they’ll be offered on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay in booking your place.


Audition Weekend Workshop
When: Saturday September 12th and Sunday September 13th 2009. 10am - 3pm each day
Where: Platform 1, Market House, Chapter Arts Centre, Canton, Cardiff
Cost: £50.00

If you’re planning to audition for Drama Schools for next year, or just want to make sure your audition speeches and technique are up to scratch and ready to go, this two-day workshop will fit the bill. You’ll get plenty of individual attention and feedback and lots of relevant help and advice on your speech choices, audition technique and etiquette in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. There will be a maximum of 8 people on this course, and we ask that students learn one speech in advance.


Beginners’ Acting Course
When: Every Saturday for 10 weeks, 3rd October 2009 - 5th December 10am - 12noon
Where: Platform 1, Market House, Chapter Arts Centre, Canton, Cardiff
Cost: £100

If you are over 18 and have always wanted to act, but you're not sure whether you have the talent (or the nerve!) to give it a go, then this course will probably be exactly what you're looking for. Many people also come on this course to improve their confidence, presentation and communication skills.The emphasis is on plenty of practical work, with lots of useable advice, tips and feedback throughout the weeks. We'll work with and without text, help you loose your self-consciousness and awkwardness, build your dramatic awareness and work to uncover your innate creativity. You don't need any previous acting experience to enroll on this course, just enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills.


Improvers’ Acting Course
When: Every Saturday for 10 weeks, 3rd October 2009 - 5th December 1pm - 3pm
Where: Platform 1, Market House, Chapter Arts Centre, Canton, Cardiff
Cost: £100

This course is suitable for anyone over 18 who already has some acting experience. This may include being in a play in the last 2 years (including amateur), and/or having previous drama training (such as youth theatre, college, university or Gest Beginner’s course). Many students come back to this course again and again as we try our best to approach new techniques, scripts and ways of working with each new course. The course will always systematically cover many of the elements that go into making truthful and captivating performances, using a variety of texts, exercises and approaches and building on your current skills and experience. As always, the course will respond directly to learners' needs and constructive individual and group feedback will be an instrinsic part of the content.

Some frequently asked questions....

Q: So how do I enroll on a course?
A: Just send an email to Gest expressing your interest in enrolling. We will send an email back with all enrollment details including address to send payment. In the case of the free taster session, just send an email with your full name and a contact number and we’ll confirm your place by email.

Q: How should I pay?
A: We accept cheques and Postal Orders made payable to Claire Purvis. Receipt available on request. Unfortunately Gest is not set up to process credit card payments at this time, but we are working on it!

Q: Do I have to pay the whole amount at once?
A: No. With the ten-week courses, you can, if you prefer you can pay a deposit of 50% to secure your place on the course, and the rest at the end of the first class. We ask for a deposit so that your place can be secured and the class can be planned effectively. However, as an extra reassurance to prospective students, you can attend the first class, and if you decide at the end of the class it’s not for you, we’ll happily give you back your deposit or payment, minus £10 for the first class.

Q: What kinds of people attend these courses?
A: All kinds, and all age ranges from 18 - 70. Everyone, whatever their background or experiences is welcome to come along, and it’s this variety that makes for a more interesting learning experience!

Q: How many people usually attend each class?
A: The maximum number of people on any course will never exceed 16. Usually we have between 10 - 14 people on a course. All places will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.
 
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