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We thought we would shake things up a little in our series of Q&A events by inviting Sarah Victoria from PEM Acting to speak with us on Wednesday 24 August.


Sarah Victoria

The Perdekamp Emotional Method (PEM) was developed and designed by German director and playwright Stephan Perdekamp. PEM is an innovative acting method based on a biological process. PEM provides performers with a direct, effortless, and guidable access to authentic emotions on a purely physical basis, without recourse to personal experiences or emotional memory. Its organic and fast approach grants security, flexibilty, and reliability in the professional careers of actors, singers, dancers, and other performers, and works with an unheard-of simplicity and effectiveness in creating emotional depth and expressiveness.

“Stephan Perdekamp has created something extraordinary, a method for producing emotion using only an actor’s bio-physiology. This is the acting technique for the twenty-first century – it would have amazed even Stanislavsky!” Peter McAllister (Acting Teacher at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and certified PEM Instructor)

“I’m very impressed by the techniques PEM has developed to facilitate actors’ access to their feelings. It is absolutely in keeping with current discoveries in neuroscience and the results are more honest than a lot of the traditional strain and self-indulgence that surrounds much acting work. Actors do not have to go into autobiographical trauma to dredge up feelings which usually have more to do with the actor and less to do with the character they’re playing! By seriously studying how the body functions, actors can, healthily and efficiently, release truthful expressiveness. The body rarely lies. And this process of working through body to emotion is what PEM is constantly exploring and refining. Ultimately, the physical and the emotional are one.” Mike Alfreds (described by Sir Ian McKellen as one of the best three directors in the UK) says about the PEM process and assured us his support in the UK:

The event is FREE to attend and open to all Casting Networks members. Details on how to apply for a ticket will be released on your Casting Billboard page shortly, so make sure you’re subscribed and your email is up to date.

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