I loved the simplicity in your teaching. It was very clear and understandable. I greatly appreciate that.’ (Participant in Crossing The Gap 1)
How do we grab and hold the attention of our audience?
How do we cross the gap that separates them from us?
How do we really communicate and really affect them?
How do we structure and sustain performance?
You are invited to an intensive, week-long training for performers, combining rehearsing, conversation, making, self-reflection and technical skills development.

Whether in front of a live audience or a camera, our first job is to be present. Through our presence we attract and sustain the attention of our audience. We reach across the gap that separates us from them, and make them want to spend time with us .

Getting the audience’s attention is a start, but is not enough. We must reward their attention. We must have the technical, expressive skills to communicate our story.

We need both the inner strength of confidence and charisma, and the technical skills of structure and communication. We need both to establish and maintain relationship with our audience.

Charismatic performance combines presence and performance technique. Technique without presence is empty and soulless. Presence without technique means, though we can make the audience watch us, we cannot communicate with clarity.
This seven day online course offers clear approaches to developing both the inner life and outer skills a performer needs.

The course involves:
  • Online teaching
  • Researching, reheasing, making and filming short performance tasks (2 - 5 minutes each)
  • Watching and commenting on the tasks made by other students
  • Self-reflection.
The first and last days of the course you will meet online with the other participants for a talk/conversation with course leader John Britton. The other five days you will be set a task to rehearse, film and upload to a private Facebook Group. You can do this at whatever time of day suits you, as long as it is done with the twenty-four hour window. You will be asked to watch films others have uploaded and comment on some of them. The comments will NOT be whether you think the work is ‘good or bad’. You will comment on what you understood when watching other people's work. We are trying to understand how to communicate, so we need to know what other people read in our performances.

You will have 24 hours to complete each task.

Structure:

Day One: Online conversation/talk: Introduction to the course, the pedagogy, the tasks and each other.
Day Two: Task 1 - The mechanics of character movement
Day Three: Task 2 - Structuring sequences of gestures & using objects
Day Four: Task 3 - Space and Senses - becoming present
Day Five: Task 4 - Rhythms of and in performance
Day Six: Task 5 - Manipulating and communicating text
Day Seven: Online conversation/talk - Review of the course and questions arising
The course will not run with fewer than four participants as learning from other students is integral to the process. The maximum number of participants is 10.
Dates:
Starting Wednesday 10th June.

Ending Tuesday 16th June

Price: £150.00: Early Booking discount (before Weds 3rd June: £125)