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James George

James George
 

Portsmouth born-and-bred, James trained on the Hampshire Specialist Drama Course between 1980 and 1982 under the redoubtable Betty Lavington (Drama) and June Eskdale (Voice) before moving on to The Birmingham School of Speech and Drama (now the Birmingham School of Acting) between 1982 and 1985. He holds both New Era and LAMDA qualifications and is PTLLS certified.

In his time at Birmingham, James was one of the founder members of Take Five Children’s Theatre Company, creating and touring family-orientated performances.

In 1992 James was one of the founder members of HumDrum (www.humdrum.org.uk), one of Portsmouth’s leading theatre companies. Work for HumDrum as an actor include The Baker (Into the Woods), George III (The Madness of George III), Dysart (Equus) and John Proctor (The Crucible); as a director James has had artistic responsibility for shows such as Amadeus, Educating Rita, Habeas Corpus, Our Town and the award-winning Entertaining Mr Sloane and Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick.

James has also directed work for Southsea Shakespeare Actors (Richard III), The Arts Theatre (Portsmouth and Southsea) (Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, The Golden Pathway Annual, Witness for the Prosecution, Dancing at Lughnasa, Translations) and The Portsmouth Players (Hot Mikado).

James has been coaching students for drama school entry since 2000 and still works as a professional actor, mostly doing voice-work for Big Finish Productions.

 

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Tim
 

I can thoroughly recommend his coaching whether you are looking for guidance with audition pieces to secure a place at drama school, develop a character you are going to be playing or just want to work on a specific element of your performance.

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Paul
 

I feel that James is directly responsible to my success in getting a place at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. His passion and attention to detail helped me to learn new and exciting things about creating characters and in depth reading of contemporary and classical texts.

Unlike most drama coaches James genuinely cares about the success of his students and that is something that comes across in his teaching methods.

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Natalie
 

James is a wonderful teacher and director. His coaching got me into Mountview and helped me do a good enough job to be awarded a scholarship.

One of the most important and valuable lessons you learn from James is to think.

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