I see a lot of auditions for drama school, I pop in and work for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and do first and second round admissions for their BA Acting and Musical Theatre courses.
It can be a really exciting job, attempting to spot the next great talent, but it can equally be demoralising as I see a lot of young people who come in either under-prepared or, even worse, badly prepared and don’t give themselves the best chance to show off what they can do.
The brilliant Ali De Souza has made this video hereabout auditioning and I thoroughly recommend watching it.
Ali’s notes are more about what to do on the actual day, so I thought I might write a few (hopefully) helpful tips about how to rehearse your scenes and what an audition panel is looking for. I would say that these notes are mainly aimed at those who are just about to leave school and perhaps have little experience in the way of auditioning. I should note that these suggestions are from my own personal experience and ar…
I'm just starting a whole new chapter in my life these coming months and thought it'd be good to do a blog about it, for no other reason than a diary for myself really. Perhaps others will find it interesting, I don't know.
I've just received my new camera (Canon 550d) an have asked the rock band De Soto Firefly if they'd like to be my guinea pigs and I am now trying to get some ideas together. I'm thinking wet faces and doors, that's about it just now.
Last night saw the final time that the Greenock Arts Guild will be open to the public. It's not all bad news though as all the creativity and community spirit from the building will soon be moving to the amazing new Beacon Arts Centre.
I first attended drama classes at the Arts Guild when I was about 13 and now, 20 years on, I am running the youth theatre alongside Marianne and Megan Yeomans. I thought this would be a good wee time to have a look back at some of the productions that I've been involved in over the years, if anything it's a good excuse to put some embarrassing photos up on the web - thanks to Jonathan White for providing some great images and also for reminding me of the various projects we've done over the years!
I think the first show I was in at the Arts Guild was the Changeling Challenge as part of Carole M. Fry's studio theatre. It was an original show written by Carole's friend Geraldine and... that's all I can remember - poor I kn…