TEXT AND SUBTEXT with Chris Donnelly

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Presented by The Actors' Workshop Chris Donnelly

After an initial warm-up, the focus of this workshop will be on how the complex layers of story, character and atmosphere are revealed by two phenomenal playwrights, whilst exploring how they have rightly earned their reputations for being absolute masters of subtext.

First, a scene from Harold Pinter’s contemporary classic play, ‘Betrayal’, will be explored. Based on a foundation of in-depth textual analysis and subsequent good stagecraft, the words from the page will then be manifest on the stage.

The other scene to be explored in this vein is Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Three Sisters’.

Chris trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and has been an actor for over twenty years, playing a wide array of roles in television, on stage and on radio. Chris has many national and international theatrical credits but is particularly proud of his association with two Bristol-based theatre companies. He has been a part of Andrew Hilton’s highly acclaimed, award winning ‘Shakespeare At the Tobacco Factory’ theatre company ensemble since its inception in 2000 with whom he has played many major roles and has been education workshop director for the last twelve years. He has also worked severally with the innovative ‘Insane Root’.

Most recently, Chris was part of the national tour of the original stage adaptation of Matt Haig’s award-winning novel, ‘Reasons To Stay Alive’, with Sheffield/ETT.

Among Chris’ TV credits are No Offence, Fat Friends, Silent Witness, Wire In The Blood, The Musketeers, The Derren Brown show, Vital Signs, Casualty, Shameless, Drop the Dead Donkey, Wycliffe and Eastenders. He has also performed in upward of thirty radio plays for BBC Radio 4 and recently recorded his first audio short story.

Chris directs projects and teaches acting, stagecraft and improvisation at his old drama school, where he also sits on the audition panel. He runs Shakespeare workshops at universities, schools and colleges when available and offers private tuition in acting. Chris taught at The Actors’ Workshop for over ten years. Most recently, he gained a Master’s degree in Creative Writing with the Open University.

Cost Students / Equity £25, Full Price £35

The Actors' Workshop Studio at Factory 8

Upton Road

Date: Sat, 14th Mar 2020
Time: 10:00

Price: £35

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