The Creative Playground is an Intermediate course designed for those who have some prior experience and wish to engage in creative play and explore acting skills with like-minded individuals and under the guidance of experienced professionals.
The course attracts an eclectic range of students from professional actors, teachers and writers through to experienced amateur actors and relative newcomers who have completed an ACT Summer School or workshop.
Classes are held each Thursday night from 7pm - 10pm and run for 10 consecutive weeks each term. There are three terms every year and you can do as many or as few terms as you wish. Enrolment is on a termly basis so the minimum commitment is for one 10 week term.
Summer Term Performance Strand
In the Summer Term (Term 3) there is the option to join the performance strand. This is a 10-12 week term (depending on performance and full day rehearsal dates) with classes on a Thursday from 7pm to 10pm. The course may include a full or half day rehearsal (weekend) and one Technical & Dress rehearsal night (usually the night before the first performance). The term ends with the presentation of a full length play to a public audience in The Lantern Theatre for 3 performances.
The Playground - Terms 1 & 2
10 weeks of creative playing! Playground runs throughout the year and you can join for as many or as few terms as you wish. These terms are designed to allow for constant challenge, variety and an introduction to new skills and concepts. The term is made up of a mixture of single sessions and linked sessions. So there may be a Meisner class one week followed by two or three weeks of working on contemporary scripts. Classes include Voice, Movement, Dance, Acting Technique, Meisner, Screen Acting, Commedia dell'Arte, Neutral Mask, Stanislavsky, Improvisation, Devising and more.
The Production - Term Three
Students will usually have completed at least one term of Playground or have completed a similar level course or have some previous performance experience.
Company roles are assigned via an audition process once the company has been assembled. The Audition is held over one evening and consists of a workshop with the course Director and presentation of an audition piece, no more than 2 minutes, of your choosing from a published play.
Working with a professional Director, students form a 'Poor Theatre' company which will rehearse each Thursday night from 7 - 10pm towards the presentation of a full length play to a public audience at The Lantern Theatre for 3 performances.
Each student will have a role in the production and will also work on other aspects of the production such as marketing, set design and build, publicity, wardrobe, prop making, stage management, sound and so on. This term follows the model of a fringe theatre production wherein all the actors must skill share in order to ensure the 'show goes on!'
Fees are: Playground per 10 week term - £175 and Summer Term 3 Production £225 payable in advance or by monthly direct debit. See Fees page for details.
Please not that it is expected that students will attend all the sessions on the Production strand as it is impossible to productively rehearse without the full cast.
Thursdays : 7 - 10pm: 13th April - 25th May & 8th - 29th June inclusive
You can apply and pay online for this course here: Creative Playground Application
The Academy Of Creative Training reserves the right to alter the advertised course and course content.