City Players


Wednesdays 7pm-9.30pm

27th October -1st December 2021 (6 weeks)


fees can be split into TWO instalments

Jacksons Lane Arts Centre
269A Archway Rd, London N6 5AA

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


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Only 15 places.

Enjoy being with people within a Covid Secure and fully risk assessed environment which adheres to current government guidelines!

If any classes have to be cancelled due to COVID-19 you will get a refund for all classes unable to be delivered.

If you do not enjoy your first class, let us know within 24 hours and you will receive a full refund minus the deposit.

***We are holding a £10 taster evening for the first class of this term for anybody unsure about signing up for the full course. Click here for more details. ***

Our acting classes are designed to offer a progression through the levels of Beginners to Improvers and Acting Company. With an emphasis on fun, the course is also aiming to teach a toolbox of skills for the aspiring performer, to someone wishing to brush up their skills. You will receive guidance and feedback from your acting coach throughout the course.

This course is great for beginners who fancy a bit of challenge and to push themselves, and perfect for those with a little bit of acting experience.

Join our City Players Company course focusing on performing scenes from the plays of well-known playwrights and feel the thrill of live theatre!

In the first six-week term we’ll explore scenes from three different eras – by contemporary, mid-20th century and 19th century playwrights. We’ll look at the style and context of various plays, as well as working on vocal technique, physical expression and characterisation.

Students will have the chance to meet Joseph Marcell (the butler from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air) towards the end of the course who will be providing a critique and feedback session to each student about the work they have produced.

In the second 12-week term we’ll choose specific scenes to work on. You’ll then perform your scene in a public showcase at the end of term, in front of an invited audience. Priority will be given to those that attend the initial 6 week course starting in October.

This is an ongoing company that will continue to produce scenes to be performed in future terms.

This course is also a good stepping stone should you wish to audition for Stage & the City’s Acting Company. All classes are fully Covid secure.

Course leader Claire Louise Amias is an actor, writer and director who trained at RADA and Bretton Hall. She has worked extensively in regional, touring and West End theatre, as well as having many TV and feature film credits.

She received numerous four-star reviews for her award-winning plays ‘The Masks of Aphra Behn’ and ‘Oranges and Ink’, both of which were performed in London and on tour, and studied on the National Theatre’s Develop Your Playwriting course.

She recently directed the Stage and the City production of ‘The Suicide’ by Nicolai Erdmann, and also acts, writes and directs for her company, A Monkey With Cymbals.

From this course you can expect:

Course Content:

  • Group activities, drama games and improvisation
  • A selection of approaches to acting technique
  • Building a character
  • Devised scenes
  • Actioning a text – how to use the information already in a play to inform character choices
  • Working on scenes from published plays
  • Meet a new group of like-minded peers to safely socialise and learn with
  • Focus on voice

This course will take place on Wednesday 7pm – 9.30pm, 27th October- 1st December. ALL profits from this course will go towards Saving the Anna Fiorentini Kids Charity Theatre School.

Can’t make the course this time? Click here to register your interest for the new term

**Click BOOK NOW to secure your place on this course. If, however, you wish to pay in TWO instalments please send an email to and someone will get back to you within 48hrs to arrange.**


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