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!)

Wednesday mornings (10 – 12) in term-time at the acta centre, starting 26 February.

Weeks  1, 2 & 3  (26 Feb, 4 & 11 March)

An introduction to Community theatre ethos and practice.

Using drama games with different age groups and situations.

Improvisation games.

Week 4 (18 March)      

 An introduction to using puppetry in Community Theatre.

Week 5 (1 April)     

Prepared improvisations and play-making.

Weeks 6, 7, 8 & 9 (22 & 29 April, 6 & 13 May)

Play building and how to create plays from group ideas.

Developing ideas and play structures through improvisation.

Week 10 (20 May)

Introduction to script-writing from devising.

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

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, if you want to book a place, and you can afford to pay, acta is a charity and does welcome donations.

To book a place, or if you have any questions, email or telephone 0117 953 2448.