into Drama School has never been so tough
With the rise in uni fees, and the availability of student loans for
most of the drama schools, more and more students are competing for
the 300 yearly places at accredited colleges. To beat the odds (currently
about 1:5000) you need thorough professional preparation and an insider’s
understanding of the audition system.
The Actors’ Workshop is the only part-time foundation course
in the south-west which guides you through the whole process –
from choosing the right drama schools all the way to the final recall.
We have a proven record of excellence: every year around half of our
students are offered BA/MA places at top drama schools.
As working actors/singers/dancers ourselves, all our teachers understand
the changing demands of the profession and know what the colleges
are looking for from year to year. We are dedicated to helping you
put together the right ‘package’ so you can achieve your
Every college has a unique perspective with individual areas of excellence.
We help you find the ones which match your skill set.
Forget the formula you might use for university: a personal
statement for drama school is a very different animal! We know what
they are looking for and help you stand out in an incredibly competitive
Finding the right speeches can be daunting. We know which ones
are overdone, how to negotiate the college lists and how to pick the
right ones for you. Our extensive library of modern plays and our
detailed knowledge of Shakespeare and his contemporaries are excellent
For acting, you may need an unaccompanied song; for musical theatre,
you will need to focus equally on your songs and your speeches. Expert
and appropriate vocal coaching (Estill-based) is one of our great
strengths. We will teach you how to avoid the clichés and perform
a song that is as technically accomplished and truthful as your speeches.
Are you ready and prepared for the routines they will throw at you?
We make sure that you are.
From audition and interview technique to devised pieces and theatre
reviews, we are there to prepare you, helping you understand what
works and why. Our extensive alumni network (we have ex-students in
practically every accredited drama school in the country) is also
available to you for advice and support.
and 1000 times better than any I have seen in the West End recently.'
Paul Byram, (Paul Byram Associates)
commenting on our recent College Class Showcase at the Tobacco
Foundation Course Schedule
From September, our College Foundation Course at The Actors’
Workshop will be held held on Wednesdays from 4.30 to 10.00pm and
on Sundays from 11.00am to 2.00pm at our new base in Factory 8 on
Upton Road in Bedminster, Bristol.
The Course runs from September to June and culminates in a professional
Showcase for Agents, Casting Directors and the public. For this years
dates please refer to the 'When and How' page link at the top of this
to 6.30pm Singing for Actors/Dancing for musical theatre/Movement
for Actors/Acting through song
to 7.00pm Break
7.00 to 8.00pm
Technical skills session (anything from audition/interview technique
to Shakespeare, movement/text/character work etc.)
to 9.00pm Scene Study
to 10.00pm Intensive monologue coaching/any other work needed.
to 12.15pm Warm-up and essential skills session
to 12.30pm Very quick lunch/tea break
to 2.00pm Class splits into small groups for intensive monologue
(that’s £7 per hour!) payable in ten monthly instalments
Students also have the opportunity to take part in our professional
Showcase (at the Tobacco Factory Theatres) in May. We do not audition
for the College Class Foundation Course, since we know from experience
that only those who wholeheartedly commit to the work and make it
their life will complete the course and have a realistic chance of
winning a place at Drama School.
|| 'The College
Course gave me the technique to handle professional
auditions and the right speeches and songs to succeed.'
Cellen - Graduated from GSA,now on National Tour of
Jesus Christ Superstar
'I seriously wouldn’t have done it without you. If it wasn’t
for the College Class,
it would be another gap year for me ! You’ve made such a difference
in my life.'
Joe - Scholarship
'A million thank you's. I owe you EVERYTHING !'
Peter - Places at Bristol Old Vic, Royal Welsh, Mountview and
'I would not have achieved this without Clara and the team ! Fantastic
Emily - Graduated from
'Thank you for your amazing help and support. I really could not have
got to where I am without you. I miss the College Class terribly !'
Siobhan - Graduated from ArtsEd
'I would never have pursued (and achieved) my dream without your splendid
teaching and loving encouragement. You are heroes !!'
Hannah - Royal Academy of Music Post-Grad MT course
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