The Actors Centre

Under Pressure: A Workshop for Actors in Being Actors

WHAT IS IT? From auditions to training to casting, first and fiftieth nights, being in and out of work, an actor's life is full of pressures, both internal and external. To some extent, we thrive on them - but they can get the better of us. This course provides a safe and playful space in which to share and identify those pressures and develop crucial skills to manage them. HOW WILL IT WORK? Led by Amy Gwilliam - an internationally trained actor and director, with experience in coaching and counselling – sessions will be both active and reflective, uniting physical games and exercises with discussion and feedback. We will work in four specific stages: Sharing and identifying the pressures, both external and internal; Exploring and challenging our relationship to those pressures; Transforming our relationship with, and identifying ways of confronting and dispelling, those pressures; Practising the skills. WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT? A renewed sense of self-worth and an increased capability for self-reflection. Specific tools for dealing with anxiety and pressure. Previous Under Pressure feedback: "Amy provided a really playful, provoking and safe space: this should be compulsory for ALL actors!" Price: £36.


Amy Gwilliam

Following two years at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris, Amy has trained and worked with theatre companies from all over the world, including Complicite, Spymonkey, SITI Company and Rei Sem Roupa. She has taught in Spain, France, Ecuador and Portugal, as well as the UK. In 2010, she co-founded award-winning Teatro Entre Escombros, which makes “sublime, ridiculous” theatre and tours across Spain and the UK. She is currently making her first one-woman show MUMMY or The Art of Saying Goodbye, and writing a new satirical web series. She regularly performs in cabarets and comedy events. She has recently completed a one-year Therapeutic Skills Course at the Society of Analytical Psychology and is undertaking her Theatre Facilitator certificate with charity Theatre for a Change, with whom she will collaborate on an expedition to the DRC in 2016.


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This workshop runs over two days

May 3, 10