Theatre Course: Character Study

Theatre Course: Character Study

19 February 2019

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Character Study is a foundational course designed for students of all levels of experience to learn a range of useful skills for developing fictional characters. Over the duration of the 4-month course [featuring two face-to-face sessions per month from February to May 2019], students will engage in theatre exercises, play readings and the practicing of short scenes from a selection of works.

Participants are also expected to complete reading assignments, including the studying of at least one comedic and one dramatic stage play.   Each student will select two characters to focus on during the course, before learning a variety of approaches to inhabit these roles more effectively.

Students  must be aged 18+.  Participants will be required to memorize short scenes. Group size can flex from approximately 6 to 12 participants. Dress code is comfortable clothing, allowing free movement. A range of basic props will be provided by the instructor, but students will be responsible for bringing any additional objects they may need for their chosen scenes.


February Sessions: Introduction and Selecting Roles

Tuesday 19 February, 18:00-20:00

Wednesday 20 February, 18:00-20:00

The first two sessions of the course will include an introduction to scenes and characters, an overview of the course plan and sample of plays, some initial acting exercises and group work, and commencing the process of selecting characters.

Homework will include completing the reading of selected plays, choosing roles and scenes to perform solo and with partners.

March Sessions: Developing Characters

Tuesday 12 March, 18:00-20:00

Wednesday 13 March, 18:00-20:00

The March sessions of the course will include an overview of acting techniques and a discussion of plots and their significance.

Homework will include researching the ‘outside-in approach’ [the physical] and the ‘inside-out approach’ [the psychological] to developing characters, additional reading on rehearsal techniques, and the memorizing of texts.    

April Sessions: Rehearsing Scenes and Refining Characters

Tuesday 9 April, 18:00-20:00

Wednesday 10 April, 18:00-20:00

The April sessions of the course will include a detailed examination of students’ chosen scenes to bring these texts to life, including recognizing units of action and their function, processing director’s notes and ‘interviewing’ characters. 

Homework will include finalizing short scenes and making additional production choices, including selecting props and costumes where applicable. 

May Sessions: Final Run-Throughs and Live Performance

Tuesday 6 May, 18:00-20:00

Wednesday 7 May, 18:00-20:00

The final sessions of the course will include advanced simulations, practicing clean run-throughs, and finally, the live performance of chosen scenes.

Featured Plays:
The Odd Couple (comedy by Neil Simon)
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (drama by Tennessee Williams)

Sol Abiad, Theatre Director

Currently teaching theatre at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Sol Abiad is a freelance director and founder of Dubai’s first experimental theatre project: STAR TOO. Holding an M.A. in Performance from Bristol University and a Diploma from London School of Journalism, her 20+ years practice has comprised performing and directing in Canada, France, the U.A.E. and the U.K. as well as additional training in workshops with Djanet Sears (Obsidian theatre), Max Stafford-Clark (Royal Shakespeare Company), Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver (Spider Woman Theatre, N.Y.), and Ariane Mnouchkine (Théâtre du Soleil, Paris). Directors who have greatly influenced her teaching and artistic processes include Peter Brook, Robert Lepage, and Robert Wilson. In parallel to her work at Universities (Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, American University of Sharjah), Abiad runs ACT TOO programmes aimed at personal and professional development.

FEBRUARY at Warehouse421

Warehouse421 presents a diverse series of workshops, talks, short courses, film screenings and book readings for the people of Abu Dhabi in February. 

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The Architecture of Loneliness exhibition, co-curated with Gulf Photo Plus, continues until the middle of the month.  To coincide with the completion of its run, photographers exhibited in the will be participating, alongside others, in a moderated discussion on the spirit of places.

This month’s interactive program includes a new four-part course on designing and making jewelry, the commencement of a four-month theatre course [including two face-to-face sessions per month] on developing characters and bringing them to life on stage, plus standalone workshops on photography and the creative process.

The “Khayal” series in collaboration with Early Starters, which brings children’s books to life with readings and fun activities, continues in February with the first of a series of sessions to be held on tolerance and diversity in the months ahead.  We are also excited to be commencing a new partnership with Thinkers & Doers that will begin with an esteemed panel discussion on urban citizenship.

The“Herstory: Film & The Arab Woman” series, being hosted in collaboration with Cinema Akil and featuring contemporary films by or about Arab women, will continue its run at Warehouse421 until April 2019, with another two films – Black Mamba and The Journey – being screened this month. 

We are  proud to welcome the Residents of Art Dubai to Warehouse421 for the second year running.

As always, Warehouse421 is proud to be working with a number of local and international partners, including Gulf Photo Plus, Early Starters, Thinkers & Doers, and Cinema Akil, among others.


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