Acting and theatre

We offer a vibrant, vigorous, creative choice of full, part-time and short acting and theatre courses and classes that reach to all adults whatever their background, age and aspiration - from acting to technical production, musical theatre to stage combat and much more. Many of our drama tutors are professional practitioners, offering inspiration to students at all levels, from beginners to professional performers.

Hear from Charlotte Keith who has studied on several acting courses at Build and find out more about her experiences of acting, training and performing.

Any questions? Call us on 020 7492 2542 or email [email protected]

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  1. Reading English literature aloud: 19th century

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and enjoy reading aloud short stories and passages from novels by writers including Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy, while using your voice to provide narrative and create character.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  2. The art of negotiating

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: EC Euston
    Negotiation is essential in solving problems and reaching your goals. Learn to prepare well and to feel confident using logical and emotional tools to achieve great outcomes.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00

  3. Speaking Shakespeare

    Course Date: Wed 19 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will discuss and workshop speeches and scenes from The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest. The course contains a visit offsite to Lincoln's Inn Library where Shakespeare's 2nd Folio is preserved. We will discuss and workshop speeches and scenes from 'The Comedy of Errors' and 'The Tempest'. Tutor: Vernon Thompson.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  4. Voice practitioners: masterclass

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    You will explore through practical exercises the basic methodology of two leading voice practitioners as selected by the tutor, themselves a Voice expert, and thus establish the best process for your own development.

    This term: Rodenburg: The Right to Speak and Carey: Vocal Arts Workbook.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  5. Improvisation: beginners

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For complete beginners. Have fun acting, with theatre games and basic character exercises. Build your confidence, meet new people and discover your potential.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  6. Access to HE diploma (Drama)

    Course Date: Thu 20 Sep 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Course times: Thursdays 18.30 - 21.30 and Saturdays 10.00 - 17.30

    Accredited by OCN London, the Access course is an exciting and rigorous training in the core disciplines of acting. Studying part time over a year, you will be taught by industry professionals on a range of modules that will develop your skills in voice, movement and character work. This course is perfect if you are intending to enter full time training at Drama School or if you want to build your craft as an actor and hone your developing skills.

    Classes include the study of contemporary and classical texts, voice work, textual analysis and the exploration of the work of key acting practioners including Stanislavski and Laban. You will develop creatively through improvisation, physical theatre, devising, musical theatre, screen acting and audition technique. You will also have the opportunity to develop an innovative piece of theatre on a practical and independent project. In the final term, you will apply your skills in a public performance of a full scale production, with professional values, in the John Lyons Theatre.

    Previous students have progressed to a range of drama schools that include RADA, Royal Scottish, East 15, Mountview and Drama Studio. Others have pursued careers directly within the industry. PLEASE NOTE: Course dates and times can be subject to change, please contact the Drama department for details. There will be some additional dates beyond those advertised as you will be required to attend induction day and individual tutorial dates which you will be notified of in time to make arrangements to attend.

    The course fee is £3384. If you’re unable to pay this upfront, you can choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Student Loans Company to help cover the course fee. The Advanced Learning Loan is written off on completion of a Higher Education degree course. A deposit of £340 is also payable to secure your place (refundable after you complete the course). You can find more information about the Advanced Learner Loan bildutrapagaran.info/advanced-learner-loans

    (If you are 18 at the start of the course, the fee may be less- please contact us).

    For more information, please call Drama, dance and speech on 020 7492 2542.
    Full fee: £3,384.00
    Senior fee: £3,384.00
    Concession: £3,384.00

  7. Drama club for adults

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy playing with acting skills, and meet like-minded people, as part of this fun and interactive community, with a flexible, drop-in structure. You can pay for all 13 sessions up front, or pay £10 for individual sessions. Single session bookings can only be made through our Eventbrite page: Book Now.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £119.00

  8. Improve your speaking voice

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence by improving your communication skills in the workplace. Not for speakers of other languages.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  9. Foundation (Drama)

    Course Date: Fri 21 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to be an actor? This intensive, part-time (one day a week) course offers challenging Acting, Voice and Movement classes, which you can build around other commitments, with the opportunity to progress to more advanced levels. The course, which runs 29 weeks including Induction and final tutorials is designed to extend your skills in acting and its core disciplines as you work towards gaining a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts awarded by Open College Network London. The course will cover the three main aspects of fundamental drama training: Acting, Voice and Movement skills. Ideally, you'll have completed at least one beginners' and one improvers' course in acting either at Build or elsewhere, or have comparable experience. You will be taught by qualified tutors with vocational experience. Regular attendance and punctuality is essential as a discipline of the professional theatre. Some work will be filmed as part of our assessment, verification and moderation processes. Please note that filming/recording of you is therefore crucial and recordings will be shared with OCN the accreditation board for this course. Your personal data will be used in accordance with our privacy policy and recordings will be held by the college for verification purposes until six months after the course has finished. By enrolling on the course you consent to this. For more information, contact [email protected] Contact the Drama Department for more details and to register your interest.
    Full fee: £1,499.00
    Senior fee: £1,499.00

  10. Drama therapy

    Course Date: Sat 22 Sep 2018 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Investigate the role and function of drama therapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will explore aspects of Playback Theatre and Forum Theatre as methods for engaging with others. Fun, insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  11. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1

    Course Date: Sat 22 Sep 2018 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    All cultures respect the world of Story. The ability to tell Stories, in a variety of settings, is a skill that has seen a strong resurgence, both in the workplace, and in contemporary performance. Come to gain confidence and experience.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Acting advanced: actors' studio

    Course Date: Sun 23 Sep 2018 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Work on scenes to performance level and gain confidence while exploring active ways into character. During these fun, intensive and challenging sessions you will focus on advancing your character building skills and techniques as you create your unique interpretation of character from first cold read to performance.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £169.00

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