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Acting and Creating Theatre (Stage 2)

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Autumn, spring
  • Length: 10 weeks


This advanced 10-week course will challenge you and enhance your existing acting skills to elevate your performances.

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What you need to know

Autumn term 2024

Thursday 10 October – 12 December 2024 (10 Thursday evenings, 18.00-21.00)

Spring term 2025

Thursday 6 February – 10 April 2025 (10 Thursday evenings, 18.00-21.00)


Suitable for adults aged 18+.



Experience or qualifications required

You should possess some acting and performing experience in order to benefit the most from this course. Ideally, you’ll have previously completed Acting – an Introduction (stage 1).

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.


Any additional costs

You'll need to provide some basic materials for this course and come prepared for movement. This'll incur an additional cost if you don’t already own something suitable. See the 'What to bring to class' section below.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee.

  • Notebook and pens/pencils to take notes
  • Rubber
  • Wear comfortable, practical clothing and footwear
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About this course

If you already possess acting and performance experience or have completed Acting – an Introduction (stage 1), this advanced course has been designed to challenge you and enhance your existing skills and techniques as well as explore new ones.

Whether you want to advance your acting skills to tackle a Shakespearean text or take your skills to new levels, this 10-week practical course will provide you with the applied skills to approach either or both, and then some.

You'll explore various ways to develop an idea: from improvisation, writing techniques and physical theatre. You’ll be taught a variety of techniques to help dissolve habitual defences and enable you to transform into a free, instinctual, and playful actor with the aim of being able to be completely ‘in the moment’ when you perform.

You'll explore different approaches to creating your own work. Starting with a theme, idea, or character you’ll examine different mediums and develop your ideas, accordingly, be it a comedy sketch show, immersive theatre piece, radio play or musical.

As the course progresses, you'll continue to develop your own work to present or focus on advancing your acting skills further to perform a Shakespeare monologue or scene. Throughout the course, you'll be given advice on how to take your work further to outside audiences and explore the variety of different avenues you can go down.

  • The fundamentals of character and story development will be explored through a variety of techniques, enabling you to create believable, fully developed characters and worlds
  • Explore your full potential as a performer and creative
  • Exercises to create your own material to develop
  • How the industry works from acting to casting to scriptwriting to directing and producing and why it's called ‘show business’
  • Contemporary approaches to acting
  • Explore creating your own work and have the choice to either develop that or continue to develop your skills in performing Shakespeare
  • Develop and build confidence in your own voice as a performer or creative

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Possess enhanced acting abilities and an understanding of a range of contemporary approaches
  • Have developed empathy and a greater understanding of human behaviour
  • Be able to confidently tackle Shakespearean text
  • Hold varied practical skills to to enable to you to develop your own work
  • Understand different routes to finding an audience for your own work
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

No, there is no formal assessment. As the course progresses your tutor will measure your overall performance and offer essential guidance and feedback, so you know how you're getting on.

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Charmaine K

Charmaine is the tutor for Acting for beginners and Acting and creative theatre short courses.

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This could just be the start of your creative journey! After this course, you could look to the future and explore our creative qualifications that can prepare you to further your current career, enable you to retrain to an alternative career path or prepare you for future creative arts studies.

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