This six-week workshop explores the techniques that an actor uses to decode a text. Using both script analysis and physical exploration, you will explore language, form, and character in order to strengthen a performance.

Working with a range of texts from the 20th and 21st Century, you will explore practitioners such as Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov.

Through practical activities, discover the fundamental skills required for acting. Identify how to create character and how to respond effectively to other performers. Explore spontaneity and characterisation. Respond to text, work collaboratively and develop a specific approach in developing your performance skills.

This workshop is led by director, teacher and Arcola Creative Engagement Coordinator Bec Martin-Williams.

Monday 13 February – Monday 20 March



Bec is an theatre practitioner and co-founder of award-winning Sydney Theatre company, pantsguys Productions.

Her credits include:
For stage: On the Shore of the Wide World (Griffin Theatre) A View of Concrete (King Street Theatre) The Mercy Seat (Old Fitz Theatre) The Shape of Things, autobahn, Punk Rock, (pantsguys Productions) After the End, Cock (NIDA) For screen: The Great Gatsby, Cedar Boys, Neighbours, Underbelly. As director: The Selfish Giant, Honeypot Holmes & the Peculiar Case of the Disappearing Wildflowers (Arcola Theatre) The Tempest, Julius Caesar (RSC Education) autobahn (Adelaide Festival), The Knowledge, Lord of the Flies (New Theatre)

Bec trained at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, and has a BA from the University of New South Wales and a Masters in Shakespeare and Education from the University of Birmingham – Shakespeare Institute. She has taught in Australia and the UK at many institutions such as The Royal Shakespeare Company, The University of Birmingham, NIDA and the Australian Theatre for Young People.