Level 1: Acting for beginners 18+ 


It's never too late to tread the boards! Our Beginners Acting Courses for Adults offer an introduction to acting in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.


Ideal for those with little or no acting experience, classes provide the chance to explore acting technique in a playful, accessible and practical way.

Whether you are an aspiring performer; wish to revitalise your creativity; or simply want to try something new and build self-confidence, you will find our classes fun and rewarding. 


Classes are taught by the Shoebox Theatre's Artistic Director, Luke Marquez or Cheryl Stapleton.

"Luke is a fantastic teacher with a really easy going nature which, makes the learning so much easier. I’m now attending the more advanced classes and aim to audition for future plays and keep learning and acting for as long as I can!! If you’re thinking about doing it, just do it! You’ll love it!!"


Kevin Bray, Current Student at the Shoebox Theatre

Beginners courses introduce you to core performance skills required to get you started and are open to anyone over the age of 18. We limit the numbers in our classes so everybody gets the attention they need and the support to develop at their own pace. ​There is no audition to join.


We offer three 10-week courses, which run throughout the year - all of which can be signed up to individually and taken in any order.

And for the Summer 2020 we are also offering free Arts Council Funded online courses!

Our next beginners online course is Storytelling for Beginners


We are born to be storytellers. Storytelling is a unique skill that all humans possess. Wherever a great story is told, theatre exists. But how do you tell stories so that characters leap into life and the audience are compelled to enter the imagined world you present? 

Led by Cheryl Stapleton, this fun and interactive course will help you unlock the storyteller within and teach you the techniques you need to draw in and thrill an audience. Through games, exercises, characterisation, vocal and physical training, Cheryl will help you develop confidence, expression and stage presence as a passionate actor-storyteller. 

When: Thursday evenings, 7pm-8.30pm, 25th of June to 30th of July 2020 (6 week course)

Cost: FREE – Fully Funded by Arts Council England

Suitable for ages 18+

Workshops will be delivered using ZOOM and students will need access to a camera and microphone using a laptop, phone or tablet. Registration for our online workshops and courses will close 24hrs before they are due to start. This is so we can send a secure ZOOM link and instructions to each student prior to the event.

Future courses...


Comedy and Improvisation 


Explore comic techniques through playful improvisations and learn to find the game and to embrace your mistakes. You can expect exaggerated characters, slapstick humour, silly scenarios and lots of laughter!

Page to Stage

Explore the process of bringing fully realised characters to life through text work, analysis and practical experimentation, applying techniques from Stanislavsky’s system of actor training.


Storytelling Theatre

Explore how to create imaginative and engaging characters, use vocal and physical skills to bring strange worlds to life and create performances that will keep your audience on the edge of their seats!

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