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Drama, performing arts

ClassAction: Enhancing practice

Here at ClassAction we are interested in exploring and playing with contemporary theatre practice and we realise the best work is made in a creative environment within a firm framework of teaching and learning. If a student is determined on a life devoted to dance, musical theatre, or drama and theatre, then this is the right place for them. 

We have supported this range of performance work with skills based workshops, including Acting Through Song and Playwriting to expand our practitioners skill set and improve their craft. We are also on the second run of our nine week bespoke +explore course that leads our practitioners through all stages of the application process for Drama and Dance schools, from why to train, what schools to apply for through to support with auditions and interviews. The course culminates in a mock audition that is filmed and then distributed to our ‘alumni network’ who feedback on the auditions offering advice and reflection. 

To this end, we were delighted to welcome Emma Rice’s Wise Children company to work with our second year practitioners, developing their story-telling and devising skills. Our results and the work created testifies to our success, as does the range of successful ex-students now working and studying in the creative industries.

The end of this half term also welcomes THE BIG LOVE CABARET – a lunchtime STUDIO SESSION supporting RAG week here at college. A valentines lunchtime full of song, dance and stand-up comedy. Our training practitioners really are amazing. 

The teaching-team at ClassAction is driving the development of the department, embracing our course offerings and the new drive towards performance preparation, which is under pinned with academic rigour. This is all our news from within the college’s walls. We do what we do because we see the potential in all our trainee practitioners, and we want well-crafted voices populating the same landscape as us. On any one night this week you could have seen ex Godalming students in a range of performances and technical support roles including, the West End productions of “9 to 5”, production managing Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, artistic directing The Vault Festival in Waterloo working with Hofesh Shechter Dance Company one alumni working in Stage Management and one dancing with the company - and appearing as Ben Mitchell in BBC’s Eastenders. 

“It was ClassAction that pushed me and challenged me and planted the seed that eventually led me to study at RADA. They saw something in me and nurtured that, and that is what they do best. If you are passionate and determined then this is the 
training for you. Every year practitioners from ClassAction graduate to some of the top schools in the country and that has to say something about the training they give you. I loved my time with them, and would not be where I am today if they hadn’t given me that first pathway on the journey.” Emma Dymott – Alumnus now working with Hofesh Shechter.

Good luck and congratulations to all our amazing alumni who are out there making work that counts, provoking, entertaining, and being authentic.