Acting


So you want to act? Why not! Acting is a skill that can be enjoyed by any age from young child to mature adult. This page will explain some of the basic skills needed and will give you exercises to practice. Near the bottom of the page are details of my online course - in this course I explain fully everything you need to know and you can watch me and learn and have opportunities to have a go yourself. 

To be able to act you need to be able to create a character and stay as that character all the time you are on the stage and that includes entering and exiting the stage. If you're taking an exam or are in a festival you stay in character for a few seconds once you have stopped talking. A good imagination is helpful but watching people and seeing how they move and how they react to situations is just as useful. You may want to act just for fun in local amateur dramatics or maybe see if you are good enough for professional work. Perhaps you want to take exams that will help you gain confidence or help towards getting onto a fulltime college or university course.

Act with your body and your face

You need to be able to and feel confident moving your body. Your hands and your legs and especially your face! People sitting at the back of the theatre need to see how you are feeling so your movements may need to be exagerated. However, you also need to learn that sometimes being still is just as effective. 

You must be able to look as though you are listening and learn to watch - imagine there is an ant walking across your floor - watch it - move your eyes as though you are focused on it. Listen to an imaginary person talking - move your head and your eyes and really listen. You need to remember that all times on the stage you must stay in character, even if your character is not involved in the action at any particular point in time. This includes entering and leaving the stage.

Voice and memory

Once you can use your body you need to be heard. Your voice must be clearly audible. Open your mouth and let those words out! 

Learning words is important and it is very important that this comes first - before you do anything else, learn the words. The words have to become part of you, you need to be able to say  them without thinking so that you become that person and as long as you are still thinking about the words you will not be able to do that.

Acting for all ages - online course

If you have ever wanted to act then this course is for you. I have taught speech and drama  since 1994 and I've entered pupils for various drama  exams with LAMDA, New Era Academy and Victoria College and also helped pupils who have entered Trinity College exams. Pupils have appeared in TV series and performed Shakespeare with the Brownsea Open Air Theatre. One of my pupils was awarded the Sir Roger Moore Award for the highest Honours in Grade 8 (Gold Medal) Acting exam with the New Era Academy in 2010.

This course is full of practical advice - how to stay in character, how to use your face, how to be heard etc. The exercises give you a chance to act using all of your senses and your body. 

There are lectures towards the end about different exams, preparing for auditions, learning words and Shakespeare.

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What people say.....

You are a "Guru" (teacher) in the true sense of the word, as you impart and share your knowledge in totality, and I'm lucky to have you as a teacher. Kavita.

I’m lucky enough to have had some elocution classes with Serena face-to-face some years ago in Bournemouth. Having English as a second language I used Serena’s knowledge and professionalism to help me, at first, to understand that an accent can be a part of your character and this gives your speech some flavour. The important bit is to understand and learn how to speak every single word clearly, with a good pace, with high and lows which make your speech interesting. It was enlightening, and now I have found online all those wonderful classes with a genuine English lady. This is priceless. Thank you Serena!

I would like to thank you for helping me have confidence in my speech today. It is because of you I did much better than I have before when presenting as speech. I was a little shaky, but other than that my voice sounded fine and I pronounced every word slowly and with emphasis on those that I wanted people to hear! Elections are tomorrow. Without you, this would not have happened! You are an inspiration! Thank you so much, Joe from New York

At the end of last term my son went for head boy and delivered an amazing speech, something we never imagined he would put himself forward for. Many of the teachers complimented him and were taken aback by his confidence and presence, he buzzed with excitement for days afterwards and said he loved speaking in public. It is through all your hard work that he has this turn around in his approach to speaking and for this we will be forever grateful. Elaine