Intensive Screen Acting Masterclass with Mark McGann

11 August 2010
10:00 – 18:00
The Mayflower Theatre


Recommended age: 16+
Limited availability

On sale date: NOW

After the huge success of his Intensive Acting Skills session last year, Mark McGann returns with an exceptional new Masterclass for The Mayflower Summer School 2010.  Intensive Screen Acting is a must for professionals and amateurs alike, who want to explore and experience this side of the business.

Participants will be sent scenes from a variety of scripts, chosen by Mark (mainly duologues or small groups), with specific characters allotted.  The more familiar you are with your scene, the more you will get from the experience.

The day will start with a short meet and greet with Mark, followed by a brief explanation of the day’s objectives,the pairs/groups will then spend some time running their scenes together.    Firstly, all scenes will be run back to back on stage, and Mark will determine the running order and then the filming starts.  Once a scene is completed, the actors can become involved as the camera crew (clapperboard, lighting assistants, director for a take, cameramen for a take etc), to help you appreciate the other essential roles on a film set.

This technical insight is almost as valuable as the experience of being directed on camera, as actors rarely get to experience this before they find themselves in a role on screen. Mark says “Michael Caine has made a career around learning everybody else’s job on set, which has not only endeared him to many, but improved his understanding and technique immeasurably.”

Following the Masterclass, the footage will be edited and the scenes burned to DVD, which you will receive at a later date (approx 4 weeks).

The Masterclass will take place on stage and in break out areas of the Theatre.

Other Info

  • Please send a current photo of yourself to Briony Adams, The Mayflower Theatre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO15 1GE or
  • Arrival from 09:45 at the main entrance of the Theatre.
  • Please note, lunch will NOT be provided by the Theatre.  Please bring your own packed lunch, alternatively there are local shops nearby.
  • No guests will be allowed to stay and watch the session.
  • Parking is not available at the Theatre.  Please use public car parks nearby.

Mark McGann Biography
Mark is one of the acting McGann family dynasty.  Over the last 30 years he has appeared in leading roles in many theatre, TV and film productions, including the Bafta awarded ‘Shackleton’ with Kenneth Branagh for C4 Films.  He also appeared as John Lennon for NBC Productions in ‘John & Yoko’, and with his brothers in the award-winning Irish potato famine drama ‘The Hanging Gale’ for the BBC, which he co-produced. He has worked opposite some of the best known names of British and American cinema and theatre including Nic Roeg, Michael Gambon, Tilda Swinton, Jeanne Moreau & Dennis Hopper to name but a few, and has twice been nominated for a Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Actor. He is an accomplished Theatre Director and is Director of Drama Direct Ltd and Screen Direct.


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