Actors hone their craft


IT was a case of experienced actors learning new 'tricks' on the weekend during an acting workshop at the Pelican Playhouse in South Grafton.

Grafton Theatre Company vicepresident Carmel Clemson said 25 Clarence Valley residents, some with more than 30 years acting experience, were coached by Secrets Productions director and former lecturer at Southern Cross University, Brian Fitzsimmons.

"The workshop was absolutely delightful, the instructor said it was the largest attendance he has had outside of Perth," Mrs Clemson said.

Mrs Clemson said even the more experienced actors learnt new skills at the workshops, which Grafton Theatre Company hold twice a year.

"Everyone got different things out of the lesson," Mrs Clemson said.

"Our youngest there was 11years-old. Six teenage drama students and local actors who have been performing for many, many years also attended."

She said the $35 fee was cheap for the two full days of training and entertainment.

"Simple things like keeping still on stage can help you have much more impact and keep the audience's attention," she said.

The class also performed a version of William Shakespeare's play, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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