Acting for Improvers Ensemble Company – Greek Underworld in Old Street


Mondays 7pm-9pm

20th September – 1st December 2021

In house Show dates: Monday 29th November & Wednesday 1st December 2021


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

EMMA KEELE trained at LAMDA and the Stella Adler Studio (NY). Theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre – International Tour), Abigail’s Party (40th Anniversary Production, UK No.1 Tour) The End of the Line and A Bunch of Amateurs (both Southwold Summer Repertory), Yen (Gothenburg English Studio Theatre), April in Paris (UK No.1 tour), September in the Rain (UK No.1 Tour), Phaedra’s Love (Arcola Theatre), Torn Out Pages (Gilded Balloon for the Edinburgh Festival)

TV and film credits include: Emmerdale (ITV), Silent Witness (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV), Downton Abbey (ITV), Doctors (BBC), New Tricks (BBC), Downhill (Feature), 22. Anna Matthews (Short), Jo (Short) – for which Emma won the Bazza Film Festival Best Actress Award in 2018.

Emma also founded and runs Reduced Circumstances, a theatre company committed to nurturing talent and developing new work.

Due to social distancing we have reduced all our class sizes. If any classes have to be cancelled due to COVID-19 you will get a refund for any classes unable to be delivered.

You don’t have to look far to find influences of Greek myths in our culture: from feature films to soap operas, from poetry and visual art to TV dramas and computer games; in no small part because the entire gamut of human experience is explored within its tales.

In this 12 week intensive acting course, we will visit the Greek Underworld, to devise our own contemporary tale, exploring a world in which Nature is threatened by Industry, Power is sullied by Corruption, Love is jeopardised by Fear, Faith is vulnerable to Doubt and Hope is being challenged by Despair.

Participants who have some acting experience and are looking to advance their skills, will undertake a fun and rewarding process in which they develop their physical and vocal abilities, foster their creativity and imagination, create their own performance material from different stimuli, and learn techniques on how to build believable and stimulating characters for stage and screen.

Under the highly experienced guidance of Emma you will:

Course Content:

  • Experience a full rehearsal process
  • Perform two public shows at a central London Theatre
  • Learn how to conquer performance nerves, (techniques you can apply to all areas of life!)
  • Shape your imagination and work through improvisation to create text
  • Learn how to build believable and interesting characters, using techniques evolved from a range of theatre practitioners, including Stanislavski, Strasberg, Adler and Meisner
  • Boost your confidence
  • Work as an ensemble and independently
  • Develop breath, movement and vocal techniques
  • Learn how to shape the text into narrative arcs to tell thought provoking and inspiring stories
  • Enjoy the buzz and sense of community that being part of an acting ensemble provides
  • Re-find your social life and be inspired at the same time!

If you would like to be considered for this course, please e-mail letting us know what acting courses you have done in the past or what acting experience you may have. We will then discuss with you the possibility of sending us a self tape audition.

This course will take place on Mondays 7pm – 9pm, 20th September- 1st December. ALL profits from this course will go towards Saving the Anna Fiorentini Kids Charity Theatre School.

**If you are successful and offered a place in the company, fees can be split into TWO instalments. Please email and someone will get back to you within 48 hours to arrange. Please check your junk mail**


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