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Acting Workshops

All of our upcoming workshops can be found on the Activities and Workshops tab of the What's on page.

Adult Theatre Workshops Autumn/Winter 2017

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.

11 September 

Keep it Simple led by Michael Lambourne

We begin the new term with sound advice for any performer ‘Keep it Simple’. Acting is not a complicated craft so don’t over think what you do. Allow yourself to be free to create and you’ll become better and more confident in your ability in no time at all. In this session, we’ll look at unlocking your abilities.

Michael is an actor and has led the classes at York Theatre Royal for over 5 years. He has performed in several productions for the theatre, including Wind in the Willows and The Railway Childrenwww.michaellambourne.co.uk

18 September 

The Character Actor's Toolbox led by Ed Thorpe

In this class Ed will lead you through all the elements he employs when creating characters. You’ll take an involved look at various exercises which employ tempo and movement and work towards presenting a character to take on into a scene.

Ed is an Actor/Musician who has worked at York Theatre Royal in Sherlock Holmes and this summer's Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny.

25 September 

Animation led by Kelvin Goodspeed

Here you’ll explore bringing objects to life. It’s an amazing skill, the ability to convince an audience that seemingly simple elements can become exciting through how we manipulate them. A real eye-opening session on how to enhance your all-round performance.

Kelvin is an actor, youth director and puppeteer. He has worked as a puppeteer for Norwich Puppet Theatre, Custard Factory Theatre Company and others, and has worked as a puppetry consultant for York Theatre Royal and Riding Lights Theatre Company.

2 October 

Ensemble and Chorus led by Cassie Vallance

Acting is all about collaboration. Performing together and focusing on the play. The more we realise how we are part of the picture, and what role we play in a performance the better we are as actors. This session is all about working together to create.

Cassie trained at the Royal Conservatoire in Scotland and has worked in Television and Theatre. She has extensive experience of creating and devising theatre for groups of all ages and abilities.

9 October 

Creating Work with Words led by Hannah Davies

This session explores specific acting exercises which can be utilised to generate and devise scripted material. A class which focuses on taking control of what you create

Hannah Davies is an actor, writer and a performance poet. www.hannahdavies.work 

She is the co-director of Common Ground Theatre. www.cgtheatre.co.uk

16 October 

Guest Lecturer TBC

23 October 

Voices, Choices and Noises led by Michael Lambourne

It’s quite incredible how much a simple noise can express our feelings, sometimes even better than words! This class will focus on the things we don’t always say but how we express ourselves with body language and sound.

30 October 

Putting the Zip in Scripts led by Michael Lambourne

Working with prepared scripts we’ll really focus on making the page come alive for the stage. We’ll ask how we can make our words come alive for us, our fellow actors and most importantly the audience.

6 November

Mask led by Michael Lambourne

Always a popular activity as the Mask unlocks so much about us. You’ll be amazed how much this ancient performance tool helps to bring out in you. A great session for those who want to gain confidence and push their physical creativity.

13 November 

Feeling Free to Create led by Michael Lambourne

In this final class of the term we’ll bring together all the elements from the previous sessions in a class based around creation and exploration of your ideas. Empowering you to take what you’ve learned forward 


Running every Monday September 11 - November 13 2017 

10 weeks of classes held in Workshop 2 in the De Grey Building next to the Theatre Royal


Sessions can be booked individually or a space can be purchased for the term.

£10 per session or £90 for the entire term

16 places per session

Click here to book a place.


"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."