Dr Ekua Ekumah is a performer and academic who in this Masterclass emphasises the craft of acting. She discusses the importance of wannabe actors to cultivate a mindset of constant practice and reflection on the craft. The idea of homework is important to building one’s craft and she takes us on a step-by-step guide to reading a play script. Crucial to acting, she tells us, is to know who you are – to be familiar with the strengths and limitations of your voice, body, and the techniques at your disposal. To overcome the fear of being judged she says to try to turn your vulnerability into strength. Be comfortable being you.’
Dr Ekumah also discusses what makes African theatre distinctive and a rich source for creative innovation. She talks at length about the differences between acting for stage, as opposed to screen. Her vision for the future includes creating a theatre company in Ghana whose work is aimed at children.