FOR veteran actor Don Bridges, acting is about having “an accessible tool box”.
“Sometimes you know straight away who the character is that you are playing. Other times you need the tool box desperately,” he said.
Bridges is teaching young people a few of those tools during a two-day acting workshop at the Lighthouse Theatre this week.
Apart from getting them to act out parts from scripts, Bridges is also leading participants through voice and other sensory work to develop how they feel in different environments.
Participants will also learn about the different challenges of acting for stage, film and television.
Most of the 10 young people involved hope to have a career in the arts and Bridges aims to encourage their aspirations.
“Dreams are meant to be dreamt,” he said.
“If you are not dreaming them, life can be pretty horrible.”
Bridges has extensive acting credits, including productions with the Melbourne Theatre Company and in television series such as Neighbours and Blue Heelers.
Lighthouse Theatre manager Greg Diamantis said the workshop was part of the theatre’s efforts to build up theatrical skills in the community.
Those efforts included the recent Primary Performers production of Disney’s The Jungle Book by about 70 primary school-aged children.