Acting for Improvers Ensemble Company


Mondays 7pm-9pm



8th January-25th March 2024

Summer Term

15th April-24th June 2024 (no classes 6th & 27th May Bank Holidays)

Tech rehearsal 30th June

Show dates 1st & 2nd July

£550 if paid up front in full


Two monthly direct debit instalments of £275


Eight monthly direct debit instalments of £68.75

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.

Participants should have some acting experience already and be keen to advance their skills. You can not join this course unless you have had a taster session to assess your suitability. 

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.

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.

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.

For the upcoming Spring and Summer terms you will embark on a captivating journey through the ages with ‘Theatre Through Time-A Showcase of the Classics’. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of dramatic expression, from the poetic brilliance of Shakespeare through to the avant-garde visions of Beckett, with many others along the way.

You will use scripts as the base and a will be improvising some parts to create a showcase to be performed at the end of your second term. The idea is to get you as connected and responsive as possible to each other and the text. The techniques being used / worked on are a combination of improvisation and Meisner. Each student will have minimum of one scene each and the scenes will be inter-connected. 

If you are offered a place in the company and wish to accept it, you will be required to commit to BOTH TERMS including the show dates. If you withdraw before the show dates full fees for both terms will still be due.

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!

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.

ALL profits from this course will go into the Fiorentini Foundation.

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


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