The Actors Centre

Inside Out Festival

13 April 2015

Be a part of it!

Inside Out Festival 2015 is celebrating extraordinary artistic talent across the East Midlands this Spring and we're joining them!

From April into May there will be a stream of performances and workshops for all to get involved in, improve their talent and enjoy what the Arts has to offer.

As part of the Inside Out Festival we are delighted to offer two workshops – an Audition Intensive for professional actors and an Introduction to Screen Acting for newcomers.

You can book a place on either of these workshops please contact: [email protected] by April 10th 2015 see more information below.

Visit the Inside Out Festival website here



Sarah Hughes

May 1, 11:30 - 17:30

May 2, 10:30 - 16:30

This two-day workshop is designed to give you lots of practice in all sorts of mock audition situations. We will be working on a quick-fire mix of many different types of potential auditions, from monologues to improvisations, scenes from classic plays, TV drama scenes, sitcom scenes and commercial or corporate scripts. There will be some work prepared in advance and some cold readings too. This will be an extremely practical and lively workshop with much more doing than talking, with an aim of losing your inhibitions and facing your fears and getting you feeling confident and ready to tackle whatever a real audition situation might throw at you. This workshop is aimed at an advanced level and for professional actors only. Please include your CV when applying.

→ Sarah is Alan Ayckbourn’s casting director, casting world premieres of his plays at the Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, in the West End, at the National Theatre and on Broadway, as well as many other productions at the Stephen Joseph Theatre. She has also freelanced extensively for the BBC, where series include Jonathan Creek, Grass, Love Soup, 2 Pints, Pulling, John Sullivan's Rock & Chips, The Old Guys, Freedom and The Great Outdoors. Theatre work includes plays for the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, and Theatre Royal Northampton, and six projects for Frantic Assembly, including Love Song, Othello and The Believers. In 2011/2012 she was one of four Senior Cast Co-ordinators for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic opening and closing ceremonies, leading on the Paralympic Opening. She recently cast the BBC1 series Slings and Arrows, and other recent projects include world premieres of John Godber's Muddy Cows and Alan Ayckbourn's Roundelay, Sugar Daddies for the ACT Theatre in Seattle, Cox and Box, The Boy Who Fell Into a Book, Aladdin and Slipping for the SJT and Kill Me Now for the Park Theatre.

PRICE: £60



Stephen Billington

May 1, 11:30 - 17:30

May 2, 10:30 - 16:30

This course offers young performers an exciting, dynamic and creative introduction to acting for camera. You will gain experience of the technical demands of acting on film, explore the differences between stage and screen acting and develop techniques that will help you produce powerful on-screen performances. Working in a small group we will look at camera shots, characterisation, hitting marks, technical jargon, close-ups, movement and continuity. You will have maximum time on-screen to develop your technique and performance in a supportive environment with feedback and guidance from the workshop tutors and the rest of the group. This workshop is for those with little or no experience of acting on screen.

→ Stephen Billington is a professional actor with a wide breadth of experience playing leading roles in feature films, television dramas and on stage. Best known for playing Lysander Hawkley in ITV’s The Man Who Made Husbands Jealous and Greg Kelly in Coronation Street (for which he won a British Soap Award), he continues to work in independent movies and in theatre, enjoying classical roles as well as those in challenging new writing. Most recently he played John Proctor in The Crucible at the York Theatre Royal and in 2013 he joined the cast of Hollyoaks playing Danny Lomax. Stephen has been teaching screen acting for over five years and has taught at The Method Studio, LSDA and Drama Centre London.

PRICE: £110


To book a place on either of these workshops please contact: [email protected] by April 10th 2015