Hello everyone and welcome to the final newsletter of 2023.
It’s been a tough year with many Australians battling to keep their heads above water with the never ending increase in petrol, food prices, power prices, increased rents and mortages, along with the increased costs of running a studio under such trying circumstances.
The Screen Actors Workshop has survived 3 recessions and the GFC over the past 35 years, so we must be doing something right. But it has been a tough year.
But hey, don’t panic. In 2024 we’ll still be running classes and have some special events planned to enhance and expand your budding acting skills.
The final classes for this term ends from Tuesday 12 through to Saturday 16 December.
Classes return for 2024 from Tuesday 30 January through to Saturday 3 February.
Student News (Featured Student)
This newsletter we’re featuring graduate Aileen Beale and her thinking out-of-the-box approach to learning the Scottish accent for the two-part ABC-TV series, Friday on my Mind; the story of The Easybeats, which screened in 2017. Aileen played the role of Margaret Young, the mother of George and his younger brothers Angus and Malcolm, who later founded AC-DC .
Aileen asked me if I knew anyone who taught the Scottish accent. So I rang Bill Pepper (American Accents and Dialects master class tutor) and he didn’t know any teachers who taught it. Aileen brained-stormed the problem: she got a number online and rang a flower shop in Scotland to ask the owner if she could help. The owner of the shop, as it happened, was a major Easybeats fan and was only too happy to assist. She closed the shop for two hours and went over the lines with Aileen until she was satisfied that the accent was believable. Now that’s thinking out-of-the box!
Friday on my Mind became the most popular dramatic program on ABC-TV for 18 months after its release. It received rave reviews. Well done Aileen!