The Freud Museum

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25 July 2015
10am - 1pm

Acting the Unconscious

A drama class for non-actors

It is an essential task for an actor during rehearsals to try and understand the psyche of the character they are playing. All an actor initially has to go off are words printed in a script: the task of unlocking the truth behind what is being said more often than not lies in the unconscious.

Join actor Oliver Lynes to explore the unconscious in the rehearsal room. Using exercises, games and simple dialogue, this workshop will draw on the work of improvisational theatre pioneer Keith Johnstone, and the rehearsal techniques of renowned theatre director Max Stafford-Clark. Both of these figures offer fun, exciting ways to address the role of the unconscious in performance, and go a long way in helping to answer some of the fundamental questions that actors face: ‘what do I want?’ and ‘how do I go about getting it?’

Oliver Lynes is an actor who trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school. He has worked with theatre companies such as Royal Shakespeare Company, Birmingham Stage Company, and The Pleasance London.

As a workshop leader, Oliver has worked internationally with the RSC giving New York pupils an insight into Shakespeare, across the UK using role play and improvisation as part of a young offenders’ rehabilitation programme, and was head tutor for a Bristol-based theatre arts school.

This workshop is suitable for people with no prior acting experience.

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