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Today's Shows

There are no shows today. Please check our calendar for shows on other days.

Feedback from previous participants:

"Great fun, great company and great teaching - a fantastic way to build confidence and develop new theatre skills"

"Every session I have attended has brought enjoyment and pleasure and left me with a sense of achievement."

"Theatre Workshop is now the highlight of my week."

Adult TheatreWorkshops Photos:

Take a look at the 2013 Performance Term production 'No Agenda'  here

Here is a selection of images from previous terms and productions

Adult Theatre Workshops

Held in the De Grey Rooms, these workshops cover a wide range of dramatic disciplines and focus on expanding your dramatic experience, confidence and development. Whether you’re just beginning to explore acting or are looking to enhance your skills further with professional experience, participants are always welcome to learn in a comfortable, relaxed environment where the emphasis is on discovery and constructive learning.

The sessions are led by professional actor Michael Lambourne who has appeared in many shows at the Theatre Royal including See How They Run, My Family and Other Animals, The Legend of King Arthur, Two Planks and a Passion and The Wind in the Willows. Michael has been a professional actor for over thirteen years and has worked on stage, screen and on national and international tours. Sessions also feature regular master classes from other artists and practitioners as well as interactive classes on productions at the Theatre.

Classes are presented in two different term types: Preparation and Performance and are held in the De Grey Rooms next to York Theatre Royal.

Preparation Term Autumn/Winter 2014

A series of ten classes covering a wide range of activities, styles and disciplines.

Every Monday

September 15 - November 24 2014 (exc. October 27)

Session times: 6:30pm-8:00pm & 8:15pm-9:45pm

18 places per session

£10 per session or £90 for the full term


Classes are popular and early booking is essential. Call Box Office on 01904 623568 for details. If you are interested in attending future sessions, wish to sign up for the mailing list or if you have any questions regarding the classes please email

Autumn Syllabus

Monday 15 September: The Art of Play

An introduction to the classes and an exploration of the reasons why the term 'Play' not only refers to the performance but also the interaction of the actors onstage. Remembering the 'game' within the scene is a key element of developing as a performer.

Monday 22 September: Improvisation

Always enjoyable, always challenging but an essential skill for comfort and complicity onstage. We'll develop your skills in a supportive manner and unlock your creativity.

Monday 29 September: Creating Drama

Where's the story? What's the focus? We'll look at ways of allowing your audience to read the stage and helping you heighten the drama of a scene. 

Monday 6 October: Focus on Harold Pinter

As one of our most celebrated playwrights we'll spend time focusing on his writing, attempting to unlock the key elements of his theatre of cruelty. Comedic and cutting and with a career which began over 50 years ago, he is still a major influence on the drama of today. 

Monday 13 October: Harold Pinters 'Betrayal'

An in depth look at the York theatre royal Main house production. We'll delve into the text and focus on character, themes and issues.  Members of the course will also get a discount on two tickets for the production. 

Monday 20 October: Greek Theatre

Pilot Theatre's Antigone visits the Main house and in celebration of this the session will explore the genesis of Modern theatre, the Greeks. From chorus to character, mask and movement this is a wonderful way of discovering the basis of the theatrical storytelling 

Monday 27 October

No class

Monday 3 November: Preparation for Performance

Following the success of the previous theatre Workshop project '30 little plays about life' this class will focus on the next performance term. Looking at new texts and developing the style of next years project. Please note all students who wish to be part of future performance terms must have taken part in at least one preparation class.

Monday 10 November: Storytelling

Cath Heinemeyer, York Theatre Royal's resident Storyteller will run an exciting session exploring the tales and telling them, a key element of conveying character and feeling confident in understanding narrative.

Monday 17 November: Stage Combat

Basic stage combat skills with York Theatre Royal's resident Fight Director, Liam Evans-Ford. Please note this session will be held in the De Grey buildings Ballroom.

Monday 24 November: Shakespeare

Kelvin Godspeed returns to run his popular session on the bard. Enhance your understanding of the texts and language of Britains greatest playwright.

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