Acting for Improvers Ensemble Company – Cyrano


Mondays 7pm-9pm

25th April 2022-25th July 2022-no classes 2nd May bank holiday and 18th July

Tech rehearsal: Sunday 24th July

In house Show dates: Monday 25th July & Tuesday 26th July 2022 


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.

Two men are in love with one woman. One has the looks to attract, the other the words to enthral. Together they make the perfect man.
Transposing the action from C17th France to C21st London, we enter a world of constructed reality, social media and misinformation; a world in which wealth, fame and external beauty are prioritised over the welfare of people, authentic relationships and meaningful art.

Over twelve weeks, you will explore the themes, characters and ideas in Rostand’s play, as we create our own contemporary multi-media interpretation, fusing acting, music, movement, film and puppetry.

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  self tape auditions. See below for audition details.

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.

Under the highly experienced guidance of Emma 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 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 Monday 18th April 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,  25th April- 25th July. 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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