Soho Theatre Young Company London

Soho Theatre Young Company offers courses for young people aged from 11 to 30: New writing, comedy and theatre. The classes run from October to June. Soho Theatre Young Company is for young people from all backgrounds and experience and offers genuine pathways from the rehearsal rooms to the stage.

Comedy Lab - Ages 16-30
Want to develop your sketch or stand-up routine? Work with professional comedians and build towards a public sharing. Join the Comedy Lab every Saturday for 10 weeks.

Writer's Lab - Ages 16-26
Thinking about writing a play? This workshop with industry professionals are masterclasses offering tips, feedback and support to write a new play for the Soho Young Writer's Award. 

Theatre Makers - Ages 11-16
Interested in creating work for the stage? Collaborate with professional theatre makers and other young artists to develop a new show.


City Acting Amateur Theatre Group Presents Pinter’s Betrayal

This week on Thursday March 17th the City Acting students will play Harold Pinter’s Betrayal at Claremont Project in Angel. During this performance night, the students will present their work to their friends and families. Our drama students are looking forward to the performance. Under the direction of Russell Bolam, the group has rehearsed for 10 consecutive weeks.

The Amateur Theatre course is based on a chosen script and gives the opportunity to the actors to explore the theatrical context of the play, to work on characterization and text analysis, but also to learn about staging and actor-audience relationship.

Written in 1978, The Betrayal was inspired by Pinter’s own extramarital affair with BBC presenter Joan Bakewell. Very innovative was the usage of reverse chronology which structures the plot. The play opens after the affair between Jerry and Emma has ended. The following scenes introduce the audience with their respective spouses Judith and Robert, and the relationships that unite them all.

Nobel-prize winner Harold Pinter (10 October 1930-24 December 2008) is critically regarded as one of the most influential British dramatists. The Betrayal features his characteristically economical dialogue, character’s hidden emotions and veiled motivations.

Run 3 times a year in September, January and April, the Amateur Theatre course has been prepared as a follow on from City Acting Scene Work for Intermediates. It is open to anyone familiar working with text and no audition is required. Each course is based on a different play. The registration are now open online for David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago starting on Thursday April 7th.

BAFTAs Honour Great Actors And Actresses

The EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) were held earlier this week, with some of the industry’s top actresses and actors taking home the prestigious gongs for their hard work.

Actor, comedian and writer Stephen Fry presented the event on Sunday (February 14th) at the Royal Opera House, which saw The Revenant sweep the board, taking home five awards that night.

Budding actors and actresses attending theatre classes in London are sure to be mesmerised with the movie’s leading actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who played the role of a frontiersman in the 1820s fighting for survival in freezing conditions after being left for dead following a bear attack.

The academy also must have been impressed by his portrayal, as DiCaprio was given the Leading Actor award for his role. The visually impressive flick also won the Best Film, Director, Cinematography and Sound gongs.

Other winners of the night included Brie Larson for Leading Actress for the movie Room, following her role as a captive who escapes after several years.

Brit Kate Winslet won the award for Supporting Actress in the flick Steve Jobs, based on the life of the Apple founder.

The Bridge of Spies’ Mark Rylance received the accolade for Supporting Actor, with his gong accepted by director Steven Spielberg in his absence.

Film critics might be looking closely at the BAFTA winners now, as the award show is often an indication of what will happen at the Oscars later this month. Taking place on February 28th, the Academy Awards is the most prestigious event in the film industry and receiving a golden statue is regarded as the highest honour.

Leonardo DiCaprio may finally walk home with an Oscar this year, after being nominated four times for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and once for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and never winning an award.