Course for film and TV actors

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BY BILLY SUTER

CLASSES geared towards providing the building blocks needed to develop acting skills for film and television are to be conducted for professional performers, at Asherville in Durban, from February 2 to March 2.

The courses will be conducted by actor, playwright, director, producer and qualified acting teacher, Rajesh Gopie, as part of his ActorWize programme.

Created by Gopie, the course is called the Professional Acting Course for Film and TV. Scheduled for the Asherville campus of Thekwini College (formerly Springfield training college), the classes will offer a unique training style with a psycho-physical approach, says Gopie.

“The compressed length of the course and the focused level of study needs commitment and intensive collaboration among the participants,” he explains, pointing out that “emphasis is placed on the physical blocks which stop the instinctual body from doing what it should do naturally”.

He adds: ” However, fear and bad experiences which plague our lives result in psychological blocks which prevent the actor from reaching full potential. These blocks will be addressed, unpacked and managed during the course.

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Rajesh Gopie.

Gopie is a professional multi-award winning actor and playwright who has worked on film, TV, stage and radio – locally and internationally, explains publicist Illa Thompson.

In the past five years he has turned his focus to training South African actors and pursued a Master’s degree in actor training and coaching at the world-renowned Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) in London.

RCSSD boasts an illumni the likes of Judi Dench, Laurence Olivier, Christina Scott Thomas, Rufus Sewell, Venessa Redgrave and Harold Pinter

Thompson adds in a press release that Gopie is a recipient of the Oppenheimer and Guilford scholarships which enabled him to study abroad. At RCSSD he specialised in coaching for screen and studied under coaching mentors Amanda Brennan (head of screen acting at RCSSD), Mel Churcher (acting coach on the Narnia and Harry Potter movies) and Geoff Coleman (Miramax acting consultant) – all world-class coaches in the UK and US

Gopie has extensive experience producing theatre at community, university and professional level across the country, and has acted in local and international films as well as in television series such as Scandal and Zero Tolerance.

His stage work includes his acclaimed and much-travelled self-penned solo show, Out of Bounds, and his ensemble piece, The Coolie Odyssey, as well as playing the lead in Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Baxter Theatre under the direction of Dame Janet Suzman.

The course takes place from 15 January to 4 February at the Thekwini College (former Springfield training college), Asherville Campus, 262 Daintree Avenue, Asherville. For more information contact: 082 872 5487 or email: popupstudio101@gmail.com. Participant numbers are limited!

 


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