A note from Artistic Director and Co-Founder of PWF Daniel Bradford on Scene Study and our new discount for returning students:
The idea with scene study is to think of it not as a workshop but as an ongoing training technique. It's a system of training that takes getting used to and understanding the form itself so you can get the most out of it. When I trained in scene study in Canada, I trained for 3 years with about 6-8 months per year in monthly scene study. Like anything, acting (especially good acting) is based on good habits and the only way to cultivate good habits is to put in the hours. If people are doing one course with us and seeing valuable growth and progress but then don't continue with those habits and class that produced that result, the growth will be temporary and will dissipate.
What I want for students is for them to be able to truly embody the things they learn in scene study over time so that eventually they really don't need me there in order to break through barriers and achieve great results and emotional authenticity, but this can't be expected of oneself after only a single month. My best students are always the ones that come back over and over month after month and build up their skills each month while strengthening the foundations from the previous month. I love being able to spend the time over a long period with a student and get to know their unique challenges so I can help them break through barriers they never even knew were there. I think it gets easier over time too. You hit a tipping point wherein all the small changes you've made start to have a huge effect and it starts to snowball in a great way.
In England there seems to be a 'little bit of everything' approach to actor training which I think is misguided. Bruce Lee didn't become the greatest fighter in the world by doing a little bit of everything. He deeply invested in the martial arts systems he practised and came to master many and become highly adept at the rest, then and only then, was he able to combine them into his own system. Where I come from, the best actors in Vancouver (and the ones who were working the most) always said when they weren't working on set or on stage, they were in scene study, getting better and keeping their skills sharp. I think the same philosophy applies here. If you find something works, keep doing it. Don't assume now that you've consciously begun to understand something on the cerebral level, it will, therefore, stay with you. As Patsy Rodenburg notes, understanding how to pole-vault is not enough; one must spend the time to acquire the individual skills that allow one to pole-vault. It has to enter your body and become your new habit. I deeply encourage students to find the training they find useful and to continue with it. Commit to it in a way that encourages mastery over time so that one day you could come to teach it yourself.
In that vein, I would like to offer students who commit at this level a cascading discount. For the second month of scene study one takes in a six month time period, they will receive £10 off that month. For a third month and any subsequent months in a six month period*, they will receive £20 off each month.
*From the original first month's class.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention you are a returning student within the last 6 months to receive this amazing offer, or if you have any questions regarding the course.