Where was everybody? ‘Cos they certainly weren’t at the workshop. It was the lowest turnout ever. Where sometimes there’s been twenty people or more, on Saturday there was just eight. And, you know what? I loved it. So much so that I’ve now made a decision:
ALL FUTURE WORKSHOPS WILL BE CAPPED AT BETWEEN EIGHT AND TWELVE PEOPLE. FROM NOW ON THERE WILL NEVER BE MORE THAN TWELVE.
Why did I feel it was so successful on Saturday? For the obvious reason that I was able to concentrate much more on individuals. Where, as is so often the case, the participants spread themselves all over the studio and indeed there is frequently overspill into other areas of the building, this time we were able to keep everything contained, never moving from one place. And from that one place each actor was given tasks which were then dissected. This was much more like acting with a scalpel and was all the better for it.
Just a word or two about certain people. I want to pick out Debbie and Michael. I’ve seen enormous progress from both of them since they started coming to the workshops. I love the way Debbie acts. Sometimes her approach to a performance may not be quite as considered as it could be, but she has a wonderful, natural talent and creative imagination that generally sees her through. She’s always a delight to watch. Michael has a problem with relaxation but again there is something very natural and true about what he does that I greatly admire. I admire too the fact that he can be very focused and always attempts to overcome every obstacle. Finally, a word about Claudette. She wasn’t quite in the zone on Saturday but what was admirable was the way she battled with herself to get into the zone. These acts of overcoming are what all actors should work hard to achieve.
The next workshop will be a half day on Saturday 20th May. Please remember that numbers will be limited. The cost for this workshop will be £20.