Theatre Masterclass with Penelope Wilton

Posted on 4 November 2013

A special Masterclass exploring stage presence.

Penelope Wilton, a TFTV Professional Associate, is one of the UK's leading actresses, with a formidable record in theatre, film and television.
 
Best known currently as Isobel Crawley in Downton Abbey, her deepest affection is for performing on stage.
 
She has been a leading player at both the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company (in a wide range of roles from the leads in Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba and Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard  to new plays by David Hare, Alan Ayckbourn, and Harold Pinter).
 
On 2nd November 2013, Penelope was one of the star line-up in the National Theatre's special celebration of its fiftieth birthday, which was televised live on BBC2.
 
Take a look at the interview with her, when she was tackling one of her most demanding recent challenges, the lead role in Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance at the Almeida.
 
In this special TFTV masterclass which is open to all on Wednesday 6 November 2013 at 14.00hrs, Penelope will be exploring stage presence - the skills an actor needs to address an audience with authority, control and eloquence. She will work with student volunteers via a series of practical exercises.
 
This is clearly a topic of fundamental importance for anyone who either performs and/or studies performance on stage or screen - and, therefore, relevant to all aspects of both the BA and MA theatre degrees, and also to the film and television ones in TFTV.