City Acting

Amateur Theatre Course


Drama students in rehearsal

Amateur Theatre Course


  • Be part of the cast: Anthony Neilson's The Lying Kind

    City Acting Amateur Theatre has been designed as a follow on from City Acting Scene Work for Intermediates and City Acting Character Building. It is open to anyone familiar with working with text. No audition is required.

    This is a performance course and you will be directed as a theatre company, each student taking a role in a well-known play. The classes run weekly for 10 weeks, 7-9pm, in:

    Angel, N1 - every Thursday from 26 April until 28 June, 7-9pm

    Fees: 10 week course £225

    Course details

    This ten week course is focused upon a chosen script, this time Anthony Neilson's comedy The Lying Kind. With the teacher as director and students as actors, we will explore the world of the play, the characters, and relationships within it, as well as looking at the language of the script and understanding the play in its theatrical framework.

    Along with rehearsal of scenes from the play, there will be an intensive focus on the other skills that inform the work on the script such as ensemble acting, the actor-audience relationship, staging, physicality, characterization and text analysis; culminating in a performance for friends and family in week 10.

    • Explore in detail the theatrical context of the play
    • Study and improvise on its dramatic relationships
    • Understand the arc of your character over the play and how to express it
    • Learn more about staging and how to take notes from a director
    • Continue to develop confidence in your physicality and voice as a performer

    The Lying Kind. In Neilson’s gleefully escalating farce, soft-hearted and soft-headed police constables Blunt and Gobbel have one last duty to fulfil before they finish their Christmas Eve shift: to tell the old couple at number 58 some terrible news. Neither of them wants to do it. What if the shock is too much for such elderly parents? Maybe they’d be happier not knowing. Maybe it’s for the best if the policemen don’t clear up the rather large misunderstanding caused by their evasions. 

    Neilson’s brilliantly disastrous cross-purpose conversations keep the grisly miscommunications spinning in a hilarious nightmarish farce of moral panic. The Lying Kind premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 2002.


    Each Amateur Theatre course is based on a different play. The previous courses have explored modern and classical pieces such as: David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Harold Pinter's Betrayal, Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, Edward Albee’s Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Arthur Miller’s Crucible, Moira Buffini’s Gabriel, Shakespeare’s Tempest, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Patrick Marber's Closer, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Dario Fo's Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Lucy Prebble's The Effect, Martin Mc Donagh's The Pillowman..

    The drama course is spread over 10 weekly sessions of 2 hours each. We keep group sizes small in order for the facilitator to give you a lot of individual feedback to encourage an intimate, friendly, and fun atmosphere in which you can learn and grow.

  • Upcoming Courses Schedule

    Beginners Acting Fun 8 weeks 16 Waterloo May 09 to 27 June Wednesdays 7-9pm £195 BOOK NOW
    Intermediates Scene Work 7 weeks 14 Waterloo May 14 to July 02 (off May 28) Mondays 7-9pm £185 SOLD OUT
    Intermediates Scene Work 8 weeks 16 Waterloo Sept 10 to Oct 29 Mondays 7-9pm £195 BOOK NOW
    Voice & Communication 4 weeks 8 TCR April 18 to 09 May Wednesdays 7-9pm £145 BOOK NOW
    Voice & Communication 4 weeks 8 TCR June 06 to June 27 Wednesdays 7-9pm £145 BOOK NOW
    Monologue Workshop 4 weeks 8 Angel June 05 to June 26 Tuesdays 7-9pm £145 BOOK NOW
    Amateur Theatre Course 10 weeks 20 Angel April 26 to June 28 Thursdays 7-9pm £225 BOOK NOW
    Acting Summer School 4 weeks 16 Angel July 03 to July 26 Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-9pm £185 BOOK NOW
    Acting Summer School 4 weeks 16 Angel July 31 to August 23 Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-9pm £185 BOOK NOW
    Character Building Course 7 weeks 14 Waterloo Nov 05 to Dec 17 Mondays 7-9pm £175 BOOK NOW

  • Course Feedback

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Do I need experience to take the Beginner acting course?

    Absolutely not, City Acting Fun has been prepared for total beginners.

    City Acting Voice & Communication classes and most of our one day workshops are also open to participants with no previous experience in acting.

    2. And, if I have some experience, which drama course should I enroll for?

    If you have some experience, you’re welcome to join Scene Work for Intermediates, Character Development or the Amateur Theatre courses. You may also be interested in our Meisner Technique Workshop and Directing Workshop.

    3. Are auditions required for admission?

    Absolutely not. Everyone is welcome. 

    4. What will I do during the class?

    The description of the courses are available online. You’re welcome to ask for a detailed class structure by emailing sophie@cityacting.co.uk.

    5. What do I need to wear? Should I bring anything to the class?

    Comfortable clothes and flat shoes are the only things you need. You may also want to bring a bottle of water.

    6. How many students will attend my course?

    To encourage an intimate, friendly and fun atmosphere in which you can learn and grow, we keep the group between 8 and 16 students. The facilitator will give you a lot of individual feedback.

    7. English is not my first language. Can I attend the class?

    You’re absolutely welcome to join the Beginner Acting courseCity Acting Voice & Communication and most of our one day workshops. We usually welcome several foreigners per group, some of them come especially to improve their English. For more advanced courses, please be aware that a good command of the language is necessary to benefit fully from the classes.

    8. Am I old/young enough to attend the class?

    You just have to be over 18 to attend the drama courses. We welcome all age groups in our acting classes.

    9. Is the class accessible to disabled people?

    Most of our drama classes are run in studios accessible to disabled people. Please get in touch and let us know about your specific requirements.

    10. What is your refund policy?

    You have a statutory right to cancel any distance contract within 14 days of the date of purchase as long as you have not yet accessed the relevant courses. For all information, please see our terms of service and don't hesitate to be in touch for any question you may have.