The Actors Centre

Putting in the Hours

In order to excel in any field of human endeavour it’s necessary to accumulate about 10,000 hours of practice. That’s what they say and it’s probably true. There’s no doubt that commitment and opportunity produce superior skill, but where can trained but actors get an opportunity to put in ten, let alone ten thousand hours of experience in front of a camera? These innovative weekly workshops are specifically designed to help members improve their screen skills and to gain experience and confidence. During these record-and-review sessions, participants will film short sequences and discuss the playback with an experienced director or tutor. Each session is run to a slightly different format, dependent on the director, actor or casting director who is running it. This is not a drop-in workshop. Scripts will be emailed to participants the day before each session and because each workshop is limited to four participants, a high standard of pre-learning, punctuality and commitment is essential. Please book by 2pm on the Tuesday before in order for prep to be sent out in good time.


These workshops will be led by a small team of tutors that include Daniel Dresner, Suzy Catliff, Akbar Kurtha, Camilla Laxton, Peter Salter, Laurence Mitchell, Nirpal Bhogal, David Corbett and Gill Wilkinson. Please check individual dates on the website for the tutor biographies. Sessions run 1330-1530 or 1545-1745. Price £18


Camilla Laxton

Camilla is the founder and Managing Director of Chatterbox Voices Ltd, a thriving, boutique voice agency specialising in UK and International voice talent and audio production at highly competitive prices and quick turn around. Their client list includes corporate and commercial giants as well as smaller publishing houses in the UK and abroad. Prior to setting up the company, Camilla worked extensively as a freelance actor and voice artist for more than 15 years, gaining valuable experience. Camilla also applies her entrepreneurial skills as a film maker. She has produced several shorts with the Actors Screen Collective, of which she is a founder member.   


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