Teenage Classes provide young performers who have the drive and determination
to learn their craft with unparalleled professional training. Taking
the drama colleges as our model, we have developed and continue to
refine a unique programme which helps our students acquire the skills
they need to work in the industry. Sunday sessions (3.00 to 6.00pm)
start with a physical and vocal warm-up followed by group exercises
to hone focus, imagination and spontaneity. Our students then split
into two age-determined groups (maximum 20) and work with our teachers
on specific areas of focus.
Understanding relationships and objectives
Living the character and telling the story. This is approached using
a wide variety of techniques. Students are also introduced to the
ideas of key practitioners in the field.
How to understand and speak Shakespeare’s verse; how
to relate to Shakespeare’s characters and connect our reality
with that of the Elizabethan England. Our teachers combine a thorough
understanding and deep working knowledge of Shakespeare with personal
experience performing and/or directing the plays – for companies
like the RSC, Northern Broadsides and Shakespeare At The Tobacco Factory.
Brecht, Stoppard, Ayckbourn, Willy Russell, John Godber, Dennis
Kelly and exciting newcomers like Laura Wade, Ella Hickson and Nell
Leyshon are just some of the playwrights whose work we have looked
at in the past year or so.
Singing and Musical Theatre
All students learn the basics of physiologically correct voice
production for speaking and singing. In addition we have regular musical
theatre sessions, learning to integrate voice and action to tell a
story in song.
What makes a good script and how do we bring it to life? Building
on our scripted work, students become extraordinarily adept at creating
their own scenes under expert guidance. Our small groups foster an
atmosphere of safety and support, where students are unafraid to push
their boundaries and take a risk.
Each term also has a core theme. Recent ones include radio drama,
Stanislavski and his protégés, physical theatre and
a course in film/TV acting, which resulted in a series of short films.
In addition, we hold periodic master classes with outside experts.
In the past year, we have hosted workshops on stage combat, microphone
technique/sound in film and television, contemporary dance, Alexander
technique and a song clinic with West End veteran Zeph Gould.
Although we do not teach regular dance (see the Contact
Us page for links to our recommended dance schools in the
area) we do hold periodic workshops with professional dancers and
perform at least one specially choreographed dance in our summer showcase.
As well as promoting our students through representation by one of
our affiliate agents, we stage two performances a year. Our Studio
Show at Christmas is an opportunity for parents to see some of the
work we have been doing during the long autumn term. Our Summer Showcase
at a major Bristol theatre (carefully timed to minimise impact on
exams) is a polished and professional event for the public and invited
Showcases are an eclectic and thematically coherent medley of scenes
and songs from Shakespeare and Chekhov to cutting edge modern drama
and musical theatre. This format is fantastic because, like the drama
college graduation shows, it guarantees each performer appropriate
In order to maintain our standards, keep our classes small and make
sure that students work well together, we audition all applicants
for places in our Senior groups. We are not necessarily looking for
lots of experience: aptitude, a passion for acting and the willingness
to give it your all are the essential qualities for success.
SUNDAY Teenage Classes
All classes (11 to 18 years) are held on Sunday from 3.00 to 6.00pm
at our Studio in Factory 8, Upton Road, BS3 1QZ.
Entry to our Teenage Classes is by audition. Please call or email
us using the links below to schedule yours.
The Actors Workshop also runs periodic Saturday Masterclasses and
courses for teenagers. Look Here
for our current programmes.
always know that clients from The Actors’ Workshop will
come into auditions properly prepared''
Fielding - SID Casting