Acting Summer School 2021 - Children & Young People

Children & Young People 6 to 19 years old

"Every child is brilliant in his or her own way".

You don't need to have experience or be a big personality to join us. All you need is to love making up stories, acting out characters and using your imagination. Our unique courses introduce you to all the skills you need to become an Actor - Voice, Movement, Improvisation, Storytelling and lots of great acting exercises and games.

Our CRB checked tutors are trained, professional actors with bags of enthusiasm and experience. They are looking for bright young talents who like working in a team and who want a week of challenge, fun and achievement.

There are two summer schools - Juniors and Seniors.

Junior Summer School - 6 to 12 years old

Juniors are aged 6 to 12 years old and they work in two groups; Minis aged 6 to 9 years and Juniors aged 10 to 12 years.

The course is five days long Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm with a performance at 5pm on the Friday. All participants are fully supervised at all times and should bring a packed lunch. We can arrange childcare for working parents who need an earlier start and later pick-up. Students must arrive with and be collected by a nominated adult.

Students have daily classes in Acting, Movement, Musical Theatre and Theatre Making. There will be a theme for the week and the emphasis is very much on having fun through drama. Don't worry if you are not all singing all dancing neither are we. These are drama based classes but we see singing and moving as just another part of acting. We will never ask students to perform anything they are not comfortable doing and we will always work hard to find a part that you are happy with.

To complete the week, we invite your friends and family to come along and be entertained by the work you and your new Theatre Company have created.

Senior Summer School - 12 to 19 years old

Seniors is open to students aged 12 to 19 years old. The course is five days long Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm with a performance at 7pm on the Friday. All participants are fully supervised at school but being a little older and with parental permission, they are allowed out for lunch (or they can bring a packed lunch) and sign themselves in and out at the beginning and end of each day.

The senior Summer School runs along similar lines to our Youth Theatre and has two options: Make a Play in a Week and Make A Film In A Week. Students may opt to do one option.

Make A Play In A Week: Using a range of approaches students will create a live performance over a single week. The performance may be from an existing script or adaptation or it may be a completely new pieced devised by the group. This is an exciting opportunity for students to engage in a range of different dramatic approaches and to develop their acting and performance skills.

Make A Film In A Week: Camera, Lights, Action! A real challenge for all your acting skills. Students will develop techniques in acting for camera as well as how to devise, write, film, light, sound record and edit a film in one week! A completed digital download will be available shortly afterwards.

Students who are interested in technical skills but don't want to perform are welcome to apply for either summer school. Please let us know that this is what you want to do and the area you wish to develop i.e. Stage Management or Camera Operator on the application form.


This is the film made for summer 2014's 'Make a Short Film in a Week'. The students had a week of learning various acting techniques in front of the camera and also about the film industry and this was their final project. It was filmed in just two days by 14 year old student Mia Webb and was directed and edited by tutor Aaron Tonks.

Summer School takes place in our professionally equipped premises in Brighton and Hove which are equipped with a drama and dance studios as well as a range of theatrical and film equipment.

Our Ethos

Established in 1997 ACT is the only Drama School on the South Coast offering professional actor training. We bring the same ethos and expertise from our Adult Actor Training to our Youth Theatre.

As well as developing confidence and the ability to work as part of a team students studying drama have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding in creative problem solving, communication, self-discipline, tolerance and empathy. Drama allows children to be active learners and engage and experience a vast range of ideas and situations in a non- competitive and encouraging environment. Drama can give children an outlet for emotions, thoughts and dreams that they might not otherwise have a means to express.

We believe that the real benefit of drama for children is in the exploration and development of the work - but performance is also a big part of drama - as well as a fun and exciting platform to demonstrate your skills. So end of course showings are geared towards 'work in progress' in a safe and supportive atmosphere. All students are given equal stage time and we embrace diversity in terms of ability and experience.

Our Approach

These are practical classes that develop a range of communicative and interactive skills as well as self-awareness and self-discipline. Any children's Drama School, course or class will advertise and praise the benefits of Drama - and it is true Drama can be hugely beneficial for children. However there is a world of difference between running around and playing a few games and a structured well balanced programme of activities that develop skills in a positive and safe environment and then allows for those skills to be put into practise.

Drawing on our professional and educative expertise we have developed a programme that utilizes the work not only of great acting practitioners like Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov and Augusto Boal but also children's drama specialists like Viola Spolin, Dorothy Heathcoat and Gavin Bolton. Mixing the methodology of these tried and tested practitioners with the practical experience of our acting tutors means that our courses have both a solid educative core as well as being full of fun, adventure and discovery.

"Every child is brilliant in his or her own way. Drama classes motivate children to think in new ways and move in new directions to explore their relation to each other, themselves and their environment. Playing theatre games helps to draw out the natural intelligence and humour inherent in each student, creating opportunities to explore their unique abilities and explore their own treasure house of creativity." The Spolin Centre


Week 1: 26th July – 30th July
Week 2: 2nd August – 6th August

Make A Film In A Week - 2nd August – 6th August
Make A Play In A Week - 2nd August – 6th August


Juniors course costs £175 & £160 for additional siblings or current AKT members.

seniors course costs £190 & £175 for additional siblings or current AKT members.

A non refundable deposit of £70 (per child / young person) is required to book a place and balance of fees is due 4 weeks prior to commencement of the course.


To book a place please complete the online Booking Form and then choose if you wish to pay online via PayPal or request an invoice (BACS, IBACS, Cheque or in person).click here

If you have any questions, or simply want to find out more, please contact us at;

The Academy of Creative Training
8-10 Rock Place
Tel: +44 (0)1273 818266