Acting for Improvers Ensemble Company


Mondays 7pm-9pm


WINTER TERM26th September 2022-28th November
SPRING TERMTBC- (provisional Tech rehearsal and show dates of 19th March, 20th March, 21st March 2023


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

LIAM REILLY trained at Drama Centre London. Theatre credits include: The Hanged Man (Mercury Theatre), The Caretaker (World Tour), Julius Ceasar (Barbican Theatre), The Homecoming (Actors Centre), Addicted to Love (UK Tour), Sprout (Edinburgh Festival), Cahoots Macbeth (Kings Head Theatre)

TV/Film credits include: Call The Midwife (BBC), Clapham Junction (Channel 4) Dubplate Drama, Series I &II (Channel 4) Baby Father II (BBC), The Hidden City (Hallmark), Class (Black Dog Films), Phea (Fade In Productions), There for me (Cinema 2), Irina Palm (Samsa Films), Rabbit Fever (Caught Productions), Trauma (Little Bird).

Liam is extremely passionate and active in theatre, film and television and believes strongly in its ability to educate, entertain, and empower. He originally trained as an actor at the Drama Centre, London and now splits his time between acting coaching, writing, and directing.

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.

Participants should have some acting experience already and be keen to advance their skills.

This course is a natural progression from some of our other Acting courses, but we also welcome new performers who have not previously enrolled with us.

Entry only via  auditions. See below for audition details.

Please note this is a TWO TERM course. Students must be available for BOTH the winter and spring terms and be able to commit to the tech rehearsal and show days.

This course provides a fun and rewarding process in which participants 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.

“In improvisation there are no mistakes” – Miles Davis

This class will start from a place of fun, play and exploration. Then you will learn to go beyond what you know….this is the place where great art happens. You will learn to have the courage to gloriously fail, to go outside of your comfort zone. To begin with you will explore the basics of improv through exercises and games. Then the group will progress into more advanced exercises designed to ignite your imagination and improve your skills. Finally, as a group you will work together to devise and construct an ensemble piece to be performed at a theatre in London. Students will bring and discuss ideas and themes they feel passionate about and from those acorns a mighty Oak will grow. What do you feel passionate about? What makes you angry? It is in the answers to these questions we will find our final destination. Which may be a devised version of something already written, or a new piece written by the group as you go along.

Under the highly experienced guidance of Liam you will:

Course Content:

  • Stimulate your imagination and creativity through play and improvisation
  • Create and shape a play ready for performance
  • Learn how to take that play from page to stage, experiencing 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!)
  • Learn how to build believable and interesting characters, using techniques evolved from a range of theatre practitioners, including Stanislavski, Stella Adler and Uta Hagen.
  • Boost your confidence
  • Work as an ensemble and independently
  • Add to your actors’ toolkit, through learning different techniques and storytelling devices
  • 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 audition for this course, please click the BOOK AUDITION button below to register for the in person workshop auditions on 26th September 2022. Or if you prefer, you can click the SUBMIT SELF TAPE button below, letting us know what acting courses you have done in the past or what acting experience you may have.  We have provided a list of monologues for you to choose from, or you can perform one of your choice. The deadline for submissions is Friday 23rd September 2022.

Please note that as we are an adult performing arts school, any video footage or photographs taken during your class may be used on our social media for marketing and promotional purposes.

This course will take place on Mondays 7pm – 9pm,  26th September- 28th November. 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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