Community Theatre course

cpd course

A practical introduction to Community Theatre

(Suitable for beginners and those looking to refresh their facilitation skills)

The course offers a unique opportunity to learn the basics of acta’s community theatre techniques with our most experienced Community Theatre facilitators, Neil Beddow (acta Founder and Artistic Director) and Ingrid Jones (Associate Director).

Previous course participants tell us:

 “There’s always a purpose behind each of the participation games and improvs, and they’re great fun!”

“I’ve loved all the sessions I’ve been to!”

Over the 10 week course, attendees will learn and play drama games, theatre exercises and devising techniques, (and have lots of fun in the process!)

September 2020 Update

Since March, we’ve sadly been unable to go ahead with any of these sessions. To keep in touch with the group, we have sent documents and resources of how to perform drama games and some of our best learnings.

However, from 4th November 2020, we are delighted to welcome ten participants of the group back to the acta centre to resume the final six sessions.

These will take place on Wednesdays from 1pm-3pm at the acta theatre – unfortunately places are no longer available, however if you are interested in community theatre learning, we may in future provide online resources, webinars or Zooms. To express interest, please email [email protected]

Course content:

Weeks  1, 2 & 3 

An introduction to Community theatre ethos and practice.

Using drama games with different age groups and situations.

Improvisation games.

Week 4   

 An introduction to using puppetry in Community Theatre.

Week 5

Prepared improvisations and play-making.

Weeks 6, 7, 8 & 9

Play building and how to create plays from group ideas.

Developing ideas and play structures through improvisation.

Week 10

Introduction to script-writing from devising.

Ideas, hints, dos and don’ts of creating new play scripts from the devising process.

Funding for this Course

The course is offered FREE, as part of the Cornerstone programme, supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Cornerstone enables acta to share its community theatre approach, and targets those facing barriers to developing a career in community theatre. However, acta is a charity and any donations are gratefully accepted