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  • Hourly rate £40
  • Response Time 21h
  • Number of students 28
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RADA trained, professional Actor, extensive work at Shakespeare's Globe, RSC, Donmar, West End. Available for drama school entrance tutoring and LAMDA exams. Based in HAMPSTEAD.

    • London
    • at their home

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We host the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. Philip will be happy to arrange your first Acting lesson.

About the lesson

LESSONS WILL BE TAUGHT IN A GREAT REHEARSAL SPACE -THE FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE IN HAMPSTEAD OR ONLINE OVER ZOOM.

Fully DBS (CRB) checked. I have helped students gain places at RADA, Guildhall and other top drama schools.

Alongside my acting work, I have run workshops and directed courses with children and young people at Shakespeare's Globe for the past 13 years. I also direct Shakespeare and modern text presentations at RADA, and Drama Studio London.

Performing speeches, modern or classical, can be daunting. Approaching Shakespeare can be intimidating. It needn't be. I want my students to obtain total ownership of the language, of their characters, and their performance. Using professional exercises to unlock the text and create heartfelt and truthful performances. I also have huge experience in auditioning and working within the industry in all fields so i can shape work accordingly. Above all i want my actors to enjoy themselves and learn to love their work as much as possible.

I can help with all drama school audition prep, as well as advise on how to conduct auditions and interviews etc. We can also work on poetry, storytelling and LAMDA exam work. Whatever is most applicable to you or your children.

subjects

  • Acting
  • Drama School Entrance
  • LAMDA Exams Preparation

languages

  • English

levels

  • All Levels

About Philip

I graduated from RADA in 2004, but started working as an actor when i was 12! Since RADA I have combined my work as an actor on stage and on screen with my passion for teaching and directing, helping to guide and advise those just entering, or considering entering, the industry. I teach and perform at Shakespeare's Globe, most recently in Macbeth, and I have directed at RADA and Drama Studio, as well as working one to one with students of all ages. I love my work as an actor and i love my work as a teacher. Currently appearing on STARZ in 'The Spanish Princess' season 2 as Thomas Wolsey, cardinal to Henry VIII! And soon to be filming 'Whitstable Pearl' in Jan 2021.

HIGHLIGHTS

14 different productions as an actor at Shakespeares Globe.
Working with David Suchet in The Importance of Being Earnest in the West End 2016.
Working with Martin Freeman in Richard III in the West End in 2015
Work at The RSC in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Acting in ITV's Girlfriends alongside Miranda Richardson and Zoe Wanamaker.
Teaching at RADA and East 15 drama schools.
Performing on screen in THE SPANISH PRINCESS (Two seasons) for STARZ playing Thomas Wolsey
Working on The Sam Wanamaker Festival leading workshops on performing Shakespeare with students from all the major drama schools.
Guiding several students to places at top drama schools including RADA.

Rates

packages

  • 5h: £200
  • 10h: £400

free lessons

  • 45mins

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Following the first session if you want to continue with future lessons than i would be happy to offer

1hr lessons for £40.
90 minute lessons for £50.
Two hour lessons for £60.

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Find out more about Philip

  • 01

    1) When did you start practicing? How did this passion find you?

    I've been acting and working with storytelling since i was little. I went to a stage school at the age of 12, and joined the National Youth Music Theatre around the same time. I also grew up not far from Stratford-Upon-Avon where my mum used to take me to see Shakespeare productions on the big stages performed by the RSC. I remember feeling that wonderfully exciting but strange mix of feeling and thrilling at the epic nature of the stories, the language and the productions, and also not really understanding a word of what people were saying! Gradually over time I began to feel more and more curious about the idea of what it must feel like to be up on the stage working with these big texts.

  • 02

    2) Which artists or works affect you the most?

    Shakespeare. I don't quite know how it happened, but he has somehow manged to worm his way into so many aspects of my life and work. It began as a young spectator, then at school in all the various ways we meet him there, some good, some not so good. Then at RADA where the classical texts are obviously given a goodly amount of airtime. Then at The Globe, where I was fortunate to work first in The Merchant of Venice in 2007. Between then and now that building, its people, the audience, its stages have taught me more about acting and human nature than anywhere else. Its where I met my wife (Thomasin played Rosaline in Loves Labours Lost in 2009), began my longest friendships, really learnt what sort of actor i wanted to be, and saw first-hand tremendous demonstrations of honest, ego-less storytelling. Its a building I love and it owes itself to Shakespeare. My children are called Arthur and Rosaline both names found in Shakespeare. All these strands rotate around this writer from Warwickshire who wrote a handful of plays and poems around 400 years ago! I still find them challenging, exciting, baffling and inspiring in equal measure.

  • 03

    What are the qualities and skill required to succeed in this area?

    Perseverance, humour, and kindness. All of these tap into the notion of working hard to get the jobs, doing them well and with a smile, and working with respect and care, which will enable and want others to work with you again and again. Talent and passion of course are necessary ingredients but over time once those first few initial experiences of work are passed you need to find a way to work consistently with a gentle caring and collective nature. Then the work can begin to unlock, surprise and release you.

  • 04

    4) What is the most valuable advice you can give to help someone stay focused on creative projects?

    Find the joy in it. Remember the reason why you wanted to do it in the first place. Why do you love this type of work? What made you want to act or tell stories in the first place? Why do you want to go to drama school? So many of the outside elements of our work - the stress, the worry, the uncontrollable stuff, the intricate and unavoidable politics of whatever work environment you find yourself operating in - distract us and lead us away from the very core of what drives our creative energies. Your love for it. Why do you do this? Why do you put up with all the shit that comes with it? If we can keep tapping into that sense of purpose in our work than we can start to act and work with power and joy all at once.

  • 05

    How would you describe your passion; how does it make you feel?

    My acting and teaching work make me feel inspired. Sometimes! Not always. Sometimes it's hard to maintain your creative composure in the face of such uncertainty and lack of control. But certainly, my teaching and directing fuel me a vast amount. I believe passionately in the transference of experience and wisdom from those who have done, and learnt, to those who are emerging or starting out on the same path. I'm still learning from those around and above me, and I am keen to do the same for those coming after me. When I feel that I can help and guide and make smooth the somewhat tricky transition from student to professional than I feel alive and active with my work.

    And when I'm performing, when it goes well, when I feel connected and present with a live audience it brings me back to something that I have felt and lived with all my life, it takes me back in my mind and body to the memories and feelings of being a young boy and playing, not caring and not worrying about judgment. Discovering, playing, investigating, just being present and engaging with what people might be feeling right then and there. It's a fleeting and somewhat ethereal sensation but it's one I still crave occasionally. To be taken back to that place. Other times when I'm performing I can feel like a total arsehole. Wasting everyone's time with some empty and unrewarding rubbish. It's a fine balance!

  • 06

    6) What creative achievements are you particularly proud of?

    I'm proud of all the students and actors I have worked with. Seeing young or developing actors take the steps towards self discovery and ownership of their talents brings me immense pride. Seeing how Shakespeare can enable actors, who are still discovering their talents, to encounter the sometimes intimidating richness and hugeness of the language and emotions, the psychological complexity of the work, and how it can then unleash them is glorious to witness. Allowing the work to encourage and guide and push actors to better themselves. Shakespeare is a phenomenal tool for learning. Not just in acting but in many things. I love and feel immense pride in helping bring this discovery to those who may not have felt or been aware of it.
    (I'm also proud of playing lead roles in the West End and at the Globe! Just in a different way!)

  • 07

    Have you ever been surprised by a student; by their ability or quick progression?

    I am consistently surprised by how quickly and speedily young actors, who are hungry and curious, learn and grow. When we open ourselves up to being taught and helped we can mix that wisdom we are given with our own innate, brilliant, instincts as storytellers and together the work and style and specificity can begin to take shape in a whole new way. And this development can be rapid. But. It's also something which in many ways doesn't happen fast! The work is about consistency, small specific disciplined work over time will yield real change. Development is fast as well as steady. I would like to imagine that a good teaching/directing session maybe has one gold, flashy, moment of enlightenment for a student, something they have never thought of or been aware of, the other 90% of the learning is about encouraging and making them aware of all the things they already know and have inside their brains that they just need to listen to and trust.

  • 08

    Being a Superprof is an art! What is your secret?

    Be kind. Be sensitive. And communicate openly. Then you can potentially have the ability and trust to push people, challenge them, help them be better.

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