I wanted to compile a list of places where you can improve your acting, learn more about the theatre and entertainment industry, and to meet like-minded people. Practice is essential if you want to be successful in life so here are some options for those living in London:
I went to the Almeida regularly for about 2-3 years. I did a few shows on the main stage and worked with great directors there too. If you become a member, you can watch all shows for only £5, be a part of the touring company and attend different workshops and masterclasses. I had the best time at the Almeida and also made some great friends so I highly recommend signing up.
This is more suitable for older actors who want to work more seriously on theatre performance. As part of the company, you meet every Saturday for about 8 months to study various acting techniques as well as Shakespeare, voice and movement. At the end of the academic year you perform a classical play in the Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to get invaluable theatre experience to add to their CV and learn more intensively about theatre acting. RADA also offer workshops and other training opportunities such as the summer school so it’s worth having a look around. I’m currently taking the 8-week improvisation course which is both exciting and informative.
This academy provides affordable screen acting classes for budding actors. I found MN Academy to be very useful because they taught me how to act on screen, the difference between stage and screen acting, the technical things to remember and other useful info about how castings work and who’s who in the industry. A few weeks after completing my 2nd term at MN Academy I landed a part on a TV show. Needless to say, I would not have been able to excel during my auditions if I hadn’t done camera acting practice.
The Roundhouse offer a number of opportunities and networks for creatives from all over. This includes acting, music, circus training, acrobatics and many more. The options are truly limitless so definitely check them out.
MASTERCLASS at Theatre Royal Haymarket:
As the name suggests, these are masterclasses (90 minutes long) led by experienced, working actors. Typically, the speaker would focus on a particular topic such as improvisation or character development. Last year I attended two masterclasses: one led by Tanya Moodie and the other by Phil Davis. Both were invaluable and I left feeling motivated and enlightened.
The Tricycle is one of my favourite theatres in London. They consistently provide new and thought-provoking work and what’s more is that if you are a member, you can see their shows for only £10! The Tricycle also run masterclasses, Q&A sessions with professionals and have youth theatre company where you get to perform a play on the main stage!
Other places worth noting:
Hope this helps. Good luck! 🙂