In June 2016, PPA’s three year Acting for Stage and Screen Course sees its first group of graduating students enter the profession.
The students have already received excellent industry feedback for their showcase at the Soho Theatre in London and their first production, John van Druten’s I am a Camera.
PPA’s other full-time course in Musical Theatre has, in its two graduating years, had considerable success, with students appearing in the West End, on the Fringe, on tour, both in the UK and internationally, and on Television and Film.
This success is something PPA is confident of emulating with its Acting Course.
In the summer, three of PPA’s current third year Acting students had principal roles in a company of eleven, at the Almeida Theatre in a modern version of Oedipus. Over 200 students from London’s top drama schools auditioned for this exciting opportunity.
Next term they begin shooting short films specially written for them by the playwright Jon Barton and start rehearsals for Seamus Heaney’s The Burial at Thebes– a version of Sophocles’ Antigone, which will be performed at the Mill Studio at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford.
PPA offers a training tailored to each student. The school prides itself on helping its students to discover what it is that makes them unique as a performer and to nurture those qualities.
The training is vigorous and exacting – nine terms of twelve weeks, with days beginning at 8am and finishing at 5pm.
Classes include extensive screen and text work, dance, movement, stage combat, ballet, clown, voice, singing as well as a termly text-based project.
The current final year students have, in their three years at PPA, tackled plays that include Mike Bartlett’s 13, Strindberg’s Miss Julie, Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Etherege’s The Man of Mode and Stephen Jeffreys’ The Libertine.
They have worked on a vast array of film and television scripts as well as writing and shooting their own.
The acting course is proud to have mentors who include actors Janie Dee and Stephen Hartley, playwright Russell Labey and the Artistic director of the Oldham Coliseum, Chris Lawson, all of whom have an active involvement with the college.
The course is flourishing and we are excited about what the future has in store.