Acting Company


Mondays: 6.45 pm to 9.15 pm

12th April 2021 – 28th June 2021

All Day Dress / Technical Rehearsal on Sunday 4th July followed by the first show that evening and then another show on Monday 5th July and Tuesday 6th July.

£275 (12 weeks)

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 I have performed in several No 1 Tours – Funny Peculiar for Bill Kenwright and Handbagged for Eleanor Lloyd Prods.

Our Acting Company is now Full. Similar courses that still have places remaining are Acting for Improvers Ensemble, (Monday evenings) and Acting for Improvers, (Wednesday evenings).

Ever wanted to perform in a play? Are you conscious about confidence? Or budding to be brave? Then our Acting Company is the exciting opportunity you’ve been looking for! Our Acting Company is suitable for those that have completed at least one term of Stage & the City’s Acting for Intermediates or Acting for Improvers or with equivalent experience elsewhere. Put your skills into practice by building a character in a contemporary play with a public performance at a London theatre, whilst developing skills and confidence and fitting around your working life.

In the next term, we will begin to rehearse Nicolai Erdman’s Russian farce The Suicide adapted by Gyllian Raby and Anna MacAlpine.

A young, unemployed man, Semyon, believes the answer to his problems is to learn to play the tuba. His wife, Masha, and mother-in-law, Serafima, despair. His plan fails and he contemplates suicide. His neighbour, Alexander Petrovich, decides to make money from Semyon’s misery by exploiting his intended suicide to several bidders. These bidders plan to exploit Semyon’s death to the furtherance of their own individual cause. From this point on, Semyon finds himself being manipulated by various people representing the business world, the arts, the workers, romance, etc. During the course of the play, each character reveals the worst side of their personality, to humorous effect.

It is a stylised comedy. We will be rehearsing in a socially distanced way and will make that integral to the production. The production will be the perfect opportunity to develop comedic acting skills.

This production will be taking place at the Courtyard Theatre on 4th, 5th and 6th July 2021. If you are offered a place in the company and wish to accept it you will be required to commit until and including the show dates.

You will be developing the following skills set:

  • Slapstick Comedy / Comedic timing
  • Movement work to help play characters unlike your own physicality and in a stylised way
  • Text analysis – to help play the given circumstances
  • Ensemble acting work
  • Vocal work to help develop character, clarity and projection

For a place on this course, please click the audition button below to enter your details and you will be invited to an open audition via zoom on 10th September 2020. You will not need to prepare anything for this audition. There will be some improvisation and a script to read through during the evening. If you have dyslexia and would like some more time to read the script please e-mail

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