Throughout cultural history, the actor, the disturbing individual who stands before us and makes believe, has been a colourful and controversial figure. Sometimes revered as almost priests, sometimes reviled as outcasts and social pariahs, actors and their art have always been a source of fascination.
We will examine the origins of acting in Western theatre and the changes in actors and their craft over the following 2,500 years. During this stimulating theatrical journey through the most intensely human of the performing arts, we will ask, and answer, various questions. Who were these strange people? What were they doing? How were they doing it? What makes a performance “realistic”? Do actors really feel emotions, and do they need to? Are they inspired, or are their performances carefully crafted?
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.