At Totally Lit! it doesn’t take long to improve the students, technically. The Creative Team have a unique teaching method based around six simple principles:
It all sounds profound and ethereal, but the truth is that it’s a very simple strategy.
Quite early on in the training process, we cover the six underlying training principles, which relate to almost everything technical about the acting process.
In following this teaching method, we achieve very quick results, making our students technically aware and this allows us to then concentrate on the acting.
For us, the first term is like recording an inventory. We assess the students all term, getting a good idea of how they work and we also drill them on the audition process; how to prepare and what to expect. The most important thing for us is to constantly recreate and simulate real-life experiences for them, with regards to the casting process. This allows us to see how the students cope in a stressful situation. The danger is that the performance disappears and the reading is rushed. Ensuring that the students bring something to the table is vitally important. There are so many actors, especially young actors, who don’t know how to prepare well enough for a casting.
Despite opening a second school, the ‘team’ are eager to keep the teaching method and staff exactly the same.
Totally Lit! are not looking to ‘franchise’ and are keen to manage the project in a way that keeps the same standards and same detail across both schools.
“One of the motivating factors behind starting this project was the fact that I had been to a number of auditions and witnessed child actors, not understanding what was expected of them. Many of the mistakes that are made are very simple to fix. These are the things that we start with at Totally Lit! Even though our students may not be right for a casting- we aim to ensure that the casting director remembers them for being able to bring something into the room.” – Paul David-Gough
Part of the process is also to encourage the students to get to know themselves. To be prepared to talk about themselves and in doing so, find their own individual personality and accept and embrace it. It is a difficult thing to master in a casting, for an actor- to be comfortable enough to take themselves into the room.
It is for these reasons that Totally Lit! has gained so much support from professionals within the industry.
We have a vast amount of experience of working with the students on a weekly basis and a large network of recognized British Film, Theatre and TV actors lending their support and offering their services.
When we opened our doors to our first students last year, in September, there were just 5 names on the register. Since then the numbers have continued to grow. Maintaining that we only work with a limited number of students, our second school opened in Leeds in February, and was virtually up to capacity within a couple of weeks.
All of the creative team are based in London and artistic director Paul David-Gough has assembled a team which combines artists with a range of experience from within the industry- actors who entered into the business as children (Gemma Wardle, Anthony Lewis), those who have approached it from a different angle like Jez Edwards (TV Presenter turned actor), or from a more conventional route (Drama School). All are still working as actors and will continue to do so, yet have also committed their time to helping develop the next crop of British Acting Talent.
Despite opening a second school, the ‘team’ are eager to keep the teaching method and staff exactly the same. They are not looking to ‘franchise’ and are keen to manage the project in a way that keeps the same standards and same detail across both schools.
Paul’s background is quite varied and he has been combining work as an actor in Television and Theatre along with his work as a director, with both adult and child actors, for over twenty years.
“The ‘method’ that we employ at Totally Lit is an amalgamation of all of the different influences that I have come across in my life, working as both an actor and as a director. I spent a number of years working as a youth theatre director and had the opportunity (because I had a fantastic budget), to bring in artists from some of the leading theatre, dance, puppet and physical theatre companies, not only in the UK, but also in Europe. Each workshop that I programmed for my students taught me so much about the similarities between the different art-forms and having so many practitioners deconstructing their methods in front of me, was hugely influential in how I approached my own work.”
Totally Lit! will be auditioning a prospective new students, for a limited number of places at their school in London. The new group will work Saturday afternoons, from the end of April.
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