Seaford College drama students enjoy acting masterclass with Niamh Cusack

Niamh Cusack and Seaford College drama studentsThe school’s A Level Theatre Studies and GCSE Drama students were given a rare opportunity last Friday when Niamh Cusack visited the school to deliver an acting masterclass.

Niamh, whose acting career includes film, television and theatre work with the RSC and the National Theatre, and who will shortly be appearing in The Winter’s Tale at the Sam Wanamaker Theatre in London, worked with the students on developing their vocal delivery of Shakespeare text.

Niamh Cusack acting masterclass with Seaford College drama students

The workshop was quite intense, with the students exploring a variety of physical techniques designed to help them feel and understand the way Shakespeare uses iambic pentameter to evoke meaning and character relationships.

Niamh said she felt the pupils were all very brave and had made discernible progress throughout the two-hour session. Dr Jane Askew, Head of Drama, added: “I was really proud of the students involved. They were all focused and committed throughout the masterclass, and will certainly have benefited from the whole experience.”

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