• Adult Theatre Workshops

Event Details

Mon 21 Jan - Mon 01 Apr

Time: 7.30pm - 9pm

Venue: Workshop 2, De Grey Rooms

Ticket Information: £12 per session (£100 for the full term)

Age Recommendations: 18+

Book Tickets

Adult Theatre Workshops

These workshops cover a wide range of dramatic disciplines and focus on expanding your dramatic experience, confidence and development. Whether you are just beginning to explore acting or are looking to enhance your skills further, participants are always welcome to learn in a comfortable, relaxed environment where the emphasis is on discovery and constructive learning through practical experience.


This year’s Adult Acting Workshops will be delivered by Niall Costigan and Cassie Vallance. Here’s a little bit about them:

Niall is an Actor and Theatre Maker based in York. He has a BA Hons in Acting from LIPA and works extensively as an actor in Theatre, Film and TV; including the title role in The Legend of King Arthur and A Number at York Theatre Royal. TV credits include Casualty, Vera and Emmerdale. As an experienced Director and Workshop leader Niall is really looking forward to sharing his passion for Drama with everyone in the class.

Cassie trained at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire (formally known as the RSAMD) where she received a BA Hons in Acting. She has worked in Theatre and TV throughout her career with credits including Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Wire in the Blood. Cassie has a passion for creating theatre both as a Divisor, Director and Writer. Her one woman show Barren won the award for merit at the LOST One Act Theatre Festival.

Running every Monday from 21 January to 01 April 2019 (excluding 25 February).

Monday 21 January: Laban - A method and language for interpreting, visualising and documenting human movement. We’ll be looking at a practice that brings additional levels to a performer’s characterisation.

Monday 28 January: Animal instinct - Come prepared to this session. Spend some time really observing an animal. How it moves, breathes, eats etc. We will be channelling its behaviour into creating characters.

Monday 4 February: Status/power dynamics - Who draws our eye; who gets the attention. Just because you wear the crown doesn't mean you have all the power. Exploring the subtleties of status and what you can do with it.

Monday 11 February: Outside in - It's not just about building a character from the inside we get ideas and inspirations from all around. Using costume to build a role is this workshops focus.

Monday 18 Febuary: A chorus line - Not the Broadway musical but rather a session all about working together. Becoming one unit whilst still maintaining individual personalities.

Monday 04 March: Full mask - Following on from last terms half mask workshop, we now look at the full mask. How we create different characters around these masks and the power that comes with having your face hidden. (You don't need to have taken part in last term in order to take this session)

Monday 11 March: Voice - Not just what we say but how we say it. Looking at vocal qualities, tone, pace as well as essential vocal warm ups.

Monday 18 March: Method - Recalling moments and experiences in your own life to evoke emotions on stage. We're not just ‘acting’ we are reacting.

Monday 25 March: Roll up, roll up it’s Circus week - You may not finish the session ready for trapeze but you will have a lot of fun trying some circus skills out.

Monday 01 April: A Study of Ayckbourn - For the final session of the term we will look at scenes from a selection of Alan Ayckbourn plays.