What to Expect

What’s it All About?

In a pressure-free, relaxed environment we enjoy drama and singing workshops led by local actors, singers, directors and vocal coaches. We are not working towards a performance, so we don’t need to learn pages of script. There are no solos, so no one person is singled out. There are no auditions, no expectations of experience and never any pressure to do something you are not comfortable with.

At Open Stage Arts we know that adults have a lot on their plate, and that taking a few hours out to do something you enjoy can be a great release. During our classes you will have the chance to (re)discover your creative side, take your mind off everyday stresses, make new friends (or spend time with old ones) and, above all, have fun

Singing

We’ll begin with some exercises to warm up the voice and explore how to use it well, and even improve it. After this we’ll usually move on to learning a song, perhaps a pop or musical-theatre piece, or a jazz, folk or even classical song. We’ll break it down into steps to make it easier to learn the melody line. Dependent on the song, we might introduce some harmonies, or look at how we can use our voices to add drama or feeling to the song. We might even add in some movement elements!

Drama

People that have no intention of ever acting on stage or screen can still benefit greatly from the creative work that takes place in our drama sessions. There are a great many fun games and exercises we can use to explore themes such as character, emotion, status, visualization, physical expression, and much more! In a typical session we might play some improv games, look at scripts, try out accents, or consider the challenges faced when tackling comedy, acting for screen, or Shakespeare.

A very enjoyable and inclusive class, so interesting to see how scenarios evolve, and fun too. Also, I am pleased how much of my singing has improved.

Jen

I wanted to meet other people in a relaxed and fun environment. The Open Stage Arts classes have enabled me to do just that. All the teachers bring their own specialism and pass on their knowledge with great enthusiasm. For me, the sessions are all about having a good time and discovering a creativity within us that can be unleashed if we give it the opportunity to do so.

Gita

I feel happy and energised when doing the acting and improv exercises, they are always fun to do. The teachers have so much enthusiasm and passion, it is infectious.

Frances