Stanislavski (far left) in The Lower Depths at The Moscow Art Theatre,1902 Credit: Stanislavski Centre/ArenaPal
The course is for a full school year and after completion of the one year, students can continue with the course the following year, until the age of 18.
It is important to note, however, that this is a drama course and the relevant disciplines will be applied accordingly. The lessons have meticulously been worked out and compiled to cater for the ages and competencies involved in our training. It is not an academic course in English, but students can practise their English, improve it and, at the same time, acquire oratory skills and improve their self-assurance.
We base our course and the lessons on the teachings of Constantin Stanislavski.
Stanislavski was a Russian stage actor and director who developed the naturalistic performance technique, known as the 'Stanislavsky method', or method acting. It is oftentimes also referred to as the 'system'.
The 'system' cultivates what Stanislavski calls the "art of experiencing" (to which he contrasts the 'art of representation'.) It mobilises the actor's conscious thought and will, in order to activate other, less controllable, psychological processes—such as emotional experience and subconscious behaviour - sympathetically and indirectly.
During rehearsals, the actor searches for inner motives to justify action and the definition of what the character seeks to achieve at any given moment (a 'task').
This may all sound like quite a mouthful, but the students learn all of this by way of fun-filled drama lessons, improvisation, movement, speech and, eventually, at the end of our course, a year-end production at a theatre in Ghent.
Theatre etiquette also forms part of the course.
The curriculum is spread out over a three year period and the structure is as follows:
FIRST & SECOND YEAR:
- Text analysis
- Character analysis
- Role distribution for year-end play
- Attendance of a professional play in the Ghent region
- Rehearsals of the year-end play
- Performance of the year-end play
In the third year, we focus on camera work, for example: film, television, TV presentation, commercials.
Preparations for auditions (theatre and film/television/TV presentation/commercials).
Finding a good casting agency in Belgium.
Possibilities for further studies after secondary school.
Year-end project: a short film in English.
Should you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
We try to keep our prices as low as possible, in order to make the course accessible for everyone.
Prices are available on request.
The academy year is divided into two terms and payment is thus divided into two payments as well.
However, the idea is that your child finishes the whole year, but we have implemented this arrangement, just in case a student should not wish to carry on after the first semester.
On the other hand, we are convinced that no student will leave us after one semester, because they will have such a lot of fun! We are of the opinion that this arrangement is only fair to be accommodating to our students and their parents.
A student cannot start for the first time in the second semester.
Do not hesitate to send us an e-mail and we will forward you the detailed price-list with pleasure.
We can imagine that it is important for you, as a parent, to know what you are paying for and what your child will receive at our academy.
Hereby an overview of what the course fees include:
- All the lessons for a full academy (school) year, divided into two semesters: 30 lessons of 2 hours per lesson
- A course book, where personal notes can also be made by the student
- A Penny Farthing Drama Academy pen
- A Penny Farthing Drama Academy t-shirt
- A visit to a professional play at a theatre in Ghent.*
- A year-end play by the students at a theatre in the Ghent area (the end of May each year)
- Two free tickets for this year-end play
- Insurance concluded by ourselves for your child at an insurance company for when he/she is on the premises
- A certificate of merit upon completion of a full year at our academy
(* Information will be supplied to the students well in advance. The play may not necessarily be in English, but we believe that the students must attend at least one professional play per year.)
Should you have more than one child who would like to follow the course at our academy, there is a discount arrangement if two or more students from the same household (brother or sister) attend the course, irrespective of which group that they are in.
Students are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis and parents are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €15 to secure placement. This will be deducted from the rest of the fee, which must be paid before the first day of each semester.
Please note: The Penny Farthing Drama Academy can only accept 25 students per group, i.e. a total of 50 students all-in-all. If you would like your child to attend our academy, contact us as soon as possible!