Foundations is a fortnightly workshop offering, which aims to equip those looking to pursue an acting career with relevant training and knowledge of the industry. Covering a different theme each session, participants are invited to pick and choose which workshops they attend, ensuring their training fits around other commitments. Spaces are limited, so participants are advised to book in advance.
By signing up to a workshop, you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions above: Foundation Course Terms and Conditions. These workshops are for those aged 18 and above.
It is recommended that participants have some training before participating in these workshops. Please see our Get Into Acting and Get Into Screen Acting courses which will provide you with an introduction to the craft of acting and acting as a profession.
Foundations: Intro to Impro
Saturday 21 July, 10.30-13.30
You will learn all the basic principles of improvisation in a day. This workshop is 100% practical - the only way to learn it is to do it. With Dave Bourn of Sprout Ideas you will spend most of your time in pairs and small groups learning all the ‘rules’ of improvisation and engaging in exercises to develop the core skills. You don’t have to be funny to improvise but you will have fun! Ideal for anyone who still has a fear of letting go of a script and stepping into the unknown. Improvisation is a great way to explore your creativity, spontaneity, learn to create stories and ideas collectively, as well as develop confidence and your ability to be in the moment.
Foundations: Shakespeare's Code
Saturday 4 August, 10.30-13.30
A text-centred practical workshop looking at the shifts in Shakespeare’s text within and between verse, prose, and rhyme, and how this can inform our understanding of the characters’ emotional world moment by moment. Why does Shakespeare sometimes write in verse and sometimes in prose? Why does he sometimes rhyme and sometimes not? Shakespeare’s actors had little time to rehearse and prepare before performances of his plays: how did they connect to the emotional world and journey of a character when they may not even have seen a copy of the whole play? Shakespeare had to direct them from the page. This text-centred practical workshop will look at scenes and monologues from Shakespeare’s plays in order to explore and connect with the clues Shakespeare leaves his actors. You will gain a clearer understanding of how form and rhythm inform the emotional and psychological journeys of Shakespeare’s characters, and the chance to explore this practically through scenes and monologues.
Saturday 11 August, 10.30-13.30
This workshop is for actors new to the Stanislavski system or those wanting to reinvestigate it. Like most techniques, the aim of Stanislavski's was to expand, broaden and deepen an actor's engagement with the role they were playing and free their imagination and talent. In a safe group setting, we will examine the Stanislavski questions and terminology from its source basis, at essence, before it began to develop under the hands of other practitioners and teachers. We will use practical exercises to examine objectives, actions, obstacles, tactics, super objectives, stakes and circles of attention- with the specific aim of creating understanding and freedom. You will leave the workshop with a fresh understanding of the Stanislavski system and different strategies and exercises to further develop your engagement with its principles - in any repertoire, stage or screen. This course aims to support an individual's talent and uniqueness, always with the aim of inspiring confidence, depth, pleasure and freedom in their acting.
Foundations: Improve Your Memory for Rapid Line Learning
Saturday 18 August, 10.30-13.30
In this interactive memory seminar, you will learn practical real-world strategies that take the stress out of learning lines in any situation. Play along with some easy to use and highly effective memory strategies with Grand Master of Memory, Mark Channon. Discover the art of Creative Memorisation, which are the building blocks for a better memory and increased focus, and learn how to put it into practice! You will gain strategies to learn lines quickly before an audition, and a simple process to accelerate the time to learn last minute scenes. Gain skills to get ‘off book’ earlier in rehearsals.
Foundations: Accent Tools
Saturday 25 August, 10.30-13.30
This accent workshop will focuses on how to understand the vowel sounds of any accent. Using methods from the Rowles and Sharpe ‘How to do Accents’ system you will learn how to use the kit list. The kit list is a group of words that represent the vowel sounds found in spoken English. Paying close attention to these words, you will learn about the vowels for any accent. The techniques will serve you for any accent you come across in the future!
Foundations: Why Is That So Funny?
Saturday 8 September, 10.30-13.30
This is a workshop on comic timing or rather the ways and means of playing an action for comic effect. We'll look at devices like: slights, reversals, double takes, discoveries, setups, build ups and payoffs, techniques that are endemic in all physical comedy. You’ll practice them and apply them in appropriate situations. You'll experience your ability to make us laugh through the action you find yourself doing rather than the text you’ve been given to say. You'll experience the rhythmic diversity of physical comedy and deepen your understanding of what makes people laugh.
Foundations: Write Your Own Role
Saturday 22 September, 10.30-13.30
Are you tired of waiting around for the perfect role in a play to show off your talents? Many actors have found success in writing their own one person show, such as Cush Jumbo and Phoebe Waller-Bridge or have turned to playwriting after a career in acting such as Harold Pinter, April DeAngelis and Patrick Marber. If there is a playwright inside of you itching to get out, then this is the workshop for you. It will provide you with the basis to go away and create your play. It is useful if participants come armed with an idea for a play or one person show with some samples of dialogue and a draft of an outline or synopsis.
Please note: If you are unable to attend any of the above workshops, please contact reception on 020 3841 6600.