Yellow Academy 2011 was another great success, with 16 young acting hopefuls put through a vigorous week of drama school training. Classes in the morning included Acting for Camera, Stage Combat as well as Voice and Movement followed by Scene Studies in the afternoon with Yellow Earth tutor Kwong Loke and ALRA tutor Rob Swinton. The scene studies culminated in an impressive showcase performance on the Friday night in the ALRA theatre attended by casting directors, directors, actors as well as family and friends and followed by a drinks reception in the Great Hall. A very big thank you goes to Clive Duncan and all at ALRA for their commitment and support for YA2011.
See below for a write up by Vanessa Lye
I really had a great experience taking part in Yellow Academy. I had an interest in acting as a teenager and had heard about Yellow Academy from a friend and was keen to get involved.
I thought every class was engaging and well taught, and allowed us to challenge ourselves, come out of our comfort zones and free up our bodies. I especially enjoyed the movement classes where we responded in an abstract way to concepts and music and also the voice lessons where we learnt how powerful and important our voices really can be. Combat was a lot of fun and acting for screen gave us a more technical insight into how TV programmes are shot, with the opportunity for us to see ourselves on screen.
In the afternoons we concentrated on rehearsing short script pieces, my group was led by Rob Swinton and I really learnt a lot just from watching him working with the other participants and how he unpicked the thought processes of the characters and often showed us how it could be done!
The final open reading on the Friday night was really so much fun, although many of us were nervous but I was happy that the seats were full.
I would happily do the whole thing over again, especially because I shared the week with some really lovely people. I have a new found respect for people who go to drama school, because of how intensive the process is… but all worth it I’m sure for the thrill of being on stage.
A big thank you for a great experience!