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The Comedy School presents

with Sarah Hughes of BBC Comedy Casting

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Three hour workshop • Cost: £35
Choose from 10am to 1pm OR 2pm to 5pm
Price: £35 • in Camden, London.

This three-hour class is for those who are planning to move into acting, or comedy acting, as a career but may not have the "conventional" drama school background. It's a chance to uncover the mystery surrounding the acting profession and discover how everything works.

This is a chance to discuss acting and auditioning from the ground up, and ask any questions you may have and have them answered by someone who has worked in the industry for over 20 years.

Our aim is to demystify "the industry", give ourselves greater knowledge about acting and auditioning and provide answers to all the basic questions – even those which might seem embarrassingly basic!

What does an agent do? What is Spotlight? What is the role of a casting director? And a producer? And an executive producer? And a director?

Who are the best people to write to – and what should I say - and does "networking" actually work?

What exactly happens in an audition and what will be expected of me when I get there? How do I make the best impression in auditions and what are the tips and pointers that really help?

This half-day session is a chance – in a supportive and fun atmosphere – to get a good basic grounding and feel more ready to consider acting – and comedy acting – as a career.

The Comedy School,
15 Gloucester Gate,
London, NW1 4HG

Phone: 0207 486 1844

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SARAH HUGHES has been Alan Ayckbourn's casting director since 1991, casting world premieres of his plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, in the West End, at the National Theatre and on Broadway, as well as many other productions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

For the last ten years, she has also been a freelance casting director in the Entertainment Department of the BBC, where series include JONATHAN CREEK, GRASS, LOVE SOUP, PARENTS OF THE BAND, 2 PINTS, PULLING, John Sullivan's ROCK & CHIPS, and in 2010 the second series of THE OLD GUYS for BBC1, FREEDOM for BBC Scotland and THE GREAT OUTDOORS for BBC4.

Freelance theatre work includes several plays for the West Yorkshire Playhouse and for the Theatre Royal Northampton, four productions for Frantic Assembly, including 2008's TMA award-winning OTHELLO; commercials, children’s TV and drama documentaries.

In 2009/2010 she ran the BBC Talent Alert, looking for new Disabled talent all over the UK (and reconnecting with existing actors with disabilities) in order to encourage on-screen representation of disabled actors.

In 2010, as well as THE OLD GUYS and THE GREAT OUTDOORS for the BBC, she cast TAKING STEPS for the Orange Tree in Richmond, NOISES OFF and FIRST PERSON SHOOTER for Birmingham Rep and Alan Ayckbourn's latest play LIFE OF RILEY and a revival of COMMUNICATING DOORS for the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

In 2011 she cast LEARNING TO WALK AGAIN for BBC2, Alan Ayckbourn's two new plays, DEAR UNCLE and NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH for the Stephen Joseph Theatre, and Abi Morgan's LOVE SONG for Frantic Assembly, amongst other projects.

In 2011/2012 she was part of the team casting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies, and recently has been casting THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST and CINDERELLA for the SJT and is currently working on Ben Elton's new comedy for BBC1, SLINGS AND ARROWS.

More about Sarah at www.SarahHughesCasting.co.uk

Booking Conditions

• A full refund (less £5 adminstration charge) is available up to two weeks before the date of the course. There are no refunds available after that.

• Your place will be booked on receipt of payment and you will be sent a receipt / confirmation.