WORKSHOPS

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And So Forth offers unique, powerful workshops and masterclasses for performers. Join our mailing list to be notified about our next sessions.

Recent Workshops (Autumn 2017)

Script vs Score: Acting for Opera Singers

20th August, 10am-4pm, Arch 468, Brixton

WHAT IS IT? A unique workshop challenging singers to develop their existing acting skills and deepen their understanding of the relationship between the crafts of acting and singing.

HOW WILL IT WORK? We will spend the morning working on pre-prepared monologues, creating emotion, energy, rhythm, character and on-stage relationships by relying on acting ability alone, without the aid or interference of music; in the afternoon we will apply this learning to participants’ own choice of aria, exploring what happens when we add music back in. **PLEASE NOTE: it is recommended that participants book well in advance of this session, to allow preparation time for their chosen monologue and arias.

WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF IT? Singers will go away with a practical appreciation for the actor’s craft, and how this can inform and enhance their own work, enriching what they have to offer on stage and in the rehearsal room. Participants will also receive resources to help them continue to develop their understanding of the fundamentals of acting, and appreciation of the art of theatre.

TUTOR: Laura Attridge
RÉPÉTITEUR: William Cole

Preparation and Presentation: Opera Auditions Masterclass

26th August, 10am-4pm, Arch 468, Brixton

WHAT IS IT? A workshop and masterclass addressing all aspects of auditions for opera singers.

HOW WILL IT WORK? We will start the day with a short mock-audition for all participants, followed by feedback and a detailed practical workshop exploring how singers can best represent themselves as artists, and as individuals, in auditions. The second half of the day will comprise of a masterclass in which participants will have the opportunity to put these teachings into practice.

WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF IT? Singers will not only get practical advice about their audition technique, and top tips from an experienced panel, but also have the chance try out new ideas straight away. In addition, they will have the unique opportunity to observe other participants’ auditions from the panel’s point of view, to gain valuable insight into what it’s like on the other side of the table. And as if that’s not enough, everyone will also receive feedback on how to spruce up their CV!

TUTORS: Mark Austin and Laura Attridge
RÉPÉTITEUR: William Cole

Moving Characterisation: The Performer and the Body

10th September, 10am-4pm, Arch 468, Brixton

WHAT IS IT? A powerful movement and physicality workshop for performers exploring how to create a character using your body as a starting point.

HOW WILL IT WORK? Niamh will use her extensive experience as a movement teacher and director to guide participants through dynamic exercises designed to connect performers with their bodies in a much deeper way; this connection will then be used to begin to find and build individual, unique characters through physicality. In the latter half of the session, participants will apply this learning to an existing character in their repertoire.

WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF IT? Participants will leave with a deeper appreciation and practical understanding of the powerful ways in which physical work can impact upon character development, and some simple, effective exercises and ideas to enhance preparation of future roles. Furthermore, they will gain a better general body awareness and heightened sense of how to make the most of the body in performance.

TUTOR: Niamh McKernan

Our Autumn Tutors:

About Laura Attridge

Laura Attridge is a dynamic maker of opera and theatre with a passion for collaborative creative work and an artistic vision which aims to balance integrity and innovation. She founded And So Forth in 2015 with the aim of providing opportunities for exceptional emerging artists to develop their craft. Laura directed and co-wrote ASF’s inaugural production, Damsel/Wife/Witch, a piece challenging contemporary gender expectations through fairy tale, for two actors and a mezzo-soprano; other work with the company has included the hosting of Q&As with established artists, and the curation of this series of development workshops for performers.

Laura has directed new pieces of theatre at venues including the Southwark Playhouse, Arts Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and Etcetera Theatre. Her opera direction to date includes two France/UK tours for Opera Loki (Così fan tutte, 2016; La Bohème, 2015), and this autumn she joins Hampstead Garden Opera as director of their production of Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig at Jacksons Lane. Laura has been an assistant director for companies such as English Touring Opera, Opera Holland Park, Blackheath Halls Opera, British Youth Opera and the Royal Academy of Music, as well as Associate Director for W11 Opera. This summer she has been staff director for the revival of Tom Cairns’ elegant production of La Traviata at Glyndebourne.

With her other hat on, Laura is also a successful librettist and poet. You can find out more at www.lauraattridge.com.

Check out our recent Q&A with Laura for more information about her and what to expect from working with her.

About Niamh McKernan

Niamh is a movement teacher and director. She is professor of movement for PACE at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as well as guest teacher at conservatoires internationally. She has taught at The Royal Ballet Denmark, The Royal Academy of Music, Lir- Ireland’s National Academy of the Performing Arts, ALRA, Mountview and Method Acting London. Niamh is a specialist bodyworker, who also works with many individual clients at her London studio.

Niamh additionally works as a movement director and deviser in theatre, film and interdisciplinary practice, and is particularly passionate about creating new work.  Credits as movement director include ‘Foreign Body’ (2016) for The What Works, and ‘Mein Kampf’ for Spielhaus Hannover, with director Mina Salehpour. She is also an Associate Artist for the Copenhagen-based arts consultancy BIOGRAPHY. 

For more details about Niamh’s work, see www.niamhmckernan.com.

Check out our recent Q&A with Niamh for even more information and what to expect from working with her!

About Mark Austin

Mark Austin is a conductor of integrity. His sensitive and mature performances of operatic and orchestral repertoire have earned a reputation for their “eloquent intensity” (Guardian).

Mark was invited to work on the music staff of the inaugural Grange Festival in 2017, and will return in 2018 as an assistant conductor. Recent opera conducting credits include: ‘Hansel and Gretel’ (Mercury Theatre), ‘La traviata’, ‘Le comte Ory’ (Opera South), ‘Il barbiere di Siviglia’, and ‘Tosca’ (Musique Cordiale International Festival). Mark regularly works as assistant conductor to figures including Vasily Petrenko, Marin Alsop, Steuart Bedford, David Hill and the late Sir Colin Davis, with orchestras including BBC Symphony Orchestra (BBC Proms), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Hangzhou Philharmonic, China. He studies with Sian Edwards and Lionel Friend.

As an accomplished pianist, Mark has accompanied singers at venues including Kings Place, Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Leighton House (with Dame Felicity Lott), Holywell Music Room, Colston Hall, Champs Hill, Opera Bastille, Paris and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre. He is musical assistant to The Bach Choir.

Mark recently conducted his own Faust Chamber Orchestra in concerts at Kings Place, LSO St Luke’s, and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Recent successes include collaborations with soloists Guy Johnston and Katie Bray, and a concert staging of Bizet’s ‘Don Procopio’ narrated by Dame Penelope Keith.

You can read more about Mark on www.mark-austin.net.

Check out our recent Q&A with Mark for more information about him and what to expect from working with him.

Our Répétiteur:

About William Cole

William Cole’s creative practice encompasses conducting, theatre work and composition. He is Music Director of Filthy Lucre, an immersive mixed-genre night with whom he has collaborated with artists from dance, film and performance poetry, and conducted the Filthy Lucre Orchestra in music from Xenakis to The Clash. As experienced in the theatre as the concert hall, William has worked on core opera repertoire with companies including Opera Lyrica, Melos Sinfonia and Pop-Up Opera, and has devised collaborative work with music theatre groups including Helios Collective, Indomitable Productions and Gestalt Arts.

Recent performances of William’s compositions include The Bells of Lübeck at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Composers Day, Her Face Was Full of Woe performed by Anne Denholm (Harpist to HRH The Prince of Wales) in London and Bangkok, and Versa Est in Luctum for the Britten Sinfonia’s 2014 At Lunch Series (broadcast on BBC Radio 3).

William studied at Clare College, Cambridge and at the Royal Academy of Music. In the 2017-18 season he will combine the position of Composer in Residence for the Cambridge University Musical Society with the Shinn Repetiteur Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music.

You can find out more on his website at www.williamcole.co.uk.

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