Acting for Beginners/Improvers in Old Street


Wednesdays 6.30pm-8.30pm

22nd September -8th December 2021 (12 weeks)

£294-fees can be split into TWO instalments

Courtyard Theatre
The Courtyard Theatre, 40 Pitfield St, London N1 6EU

Claire Amias Claire is a RADA trained actor. She has worked extensively on stage and screen. She also acts, writes and directs for her theatre company A Monkey With Cymbals. On-screen Claire has played main supporting roles in numerous feature films including Mabel Smith in Borley Rectory (alongside Reece Shearsmith), Ms. Conrad in Telling Lies (alongside Jason Flemyng and Melanie Brown), the Young Nurse in Provoked (which starred Miranda Richardson and Robbie Coltrane), and Beattie in The Magic Hour. Stage roles have included Mags in Handbagged and Sheila in Relatively Speaking at Windsor Theatre Royal and on tour, and Maggie in Hobson’s Choice and Liz Essendine in Present Laughter at Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre all for Paul Taylor-Mills. Also Claire has performed in several No 1 Tours – Funny Peculiar for Bill Kenwright and Handbagged for Eleanor Lloyd Prods.

Only 12 places due to social distancing.

Enjoy being with people within a Covid Secure and fully risk assessed environment which adheres to current government guidelines!

If any classes have to be cancelled due to COVID-19 you will get a refund for all classes unable to be delivered.

If you do not enjoy your first class, let us know within 24 hours and you will receive a full refund minus the deposit.

***We are holding a £10 taster evening for the first class of this term for anybody unsure about signing up for the full course. Click here for more details. ***

Would you love to create a character and perform in scenes with other likeminded students? Do you adore the dark comedy of Mike Leigh’s masterpieces? Would you love to get under the skin of complex characters like Villanelle? This brand-new Acting for Beginners/ Improvers course is centred around developing believable and relatable characters from observation and improvisation.

Your challenge (should you choose to accept it) will culminate with an in-house showing which will be filmed for you to watch back and see your progress.

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to bring naturalism to performance and to understand what it takes to develop a three-dimensional character, then this is the course for you. Using Mike Leigh improvisation techniques such as hot-seating, esteemed actor and director, Claire Amias will lead you in this Acting for Improvers skills course.

This course is suitable for anybody who has done an acting for beginners course in the past or relishes the challenge of learning new skills in a short amount of time even if no prior experience. In 12 weeks you will perform in a mini showcase to friends and family.

This will be a fundraiser for the Fiorentini Foundation, supporting the creative outlet of children following the pandemic. So no need to be nervous about making mistakes! This challenge is all for a great cause!

Following this 12 week course, where you will create engaging characters from scratch, you may wish to continue onto following terms where you will start to look at scripted work. This course is also a good stepping stone should you wish to audition for Stage & the City’s Acting Company. All classes are fully Covid secure.

From this course you can expect:

Course Content:

  • Mike Leigh style improvisation, working from props, real life stimuli and observation
  • Learning actors warm ups utilising breath and vocal techniques
  • Working from physicality such as honing gesture
  • Building believable characters
  • Developing your confidence to perform
  • Helping you to find and trust your voice
  • Meet a new group of like-minded peers to safely socialise and learn with
  • Work from basic premises and story lines to create scenarios
  • Working one-to-one and as an ensemble with your teacher
  • Create complex characters which you can then use in other work or scripts
  • Understand diaphragmatic breathing and using breath to support text

This course will take place on Wednesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm, 22nd September- 8th December. ALL profits from this course will go towards Saving the Anna Fiorentini Kids Charity Theatre School.

**Click BOOK NOW to secure your place on this course. If, however, you wish to pay in TWO instalments please send an email to and someone will get back to you within 48hrs to arrange.**


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