Course Overview


Spring term: Wednesday 22 January – Wednesday 25 March 2020

10 Wednesday evenings 18.00-21.00

Charmaine Kay Parkin


Whether you are a complete beginner to acting, or an enthusiastic amateur, this 10-week practical workshop will provide you with a sound knowledge and skill base. The course is designed to teach you how to act as a believable character in any medium.

This introductory course has been written to encourage you to learn from your peers and tutor, whilst introducing you to the fundamentals of acting, allowing you to explore your capabilities and realise your potential.

Your tutor, Charmaine, teaches from experience and will guide you through different acting techniques for theatre, television and film as well as relaying the realities of being a working actor and how the “Business” works.

Charmaine is a Theatre Practitioner working as an actor, writer, director and producer.

After completing training under the theatre practitioner and teacher Brian Astbury (Trusting the Actor) at East 15 Acting School in London, Charmaine has gone on to become an international Theatre Director and applied many of the contemporary acting techniques developed by Brian, alongside her own and traditional methods.

Students will be introduced to a variety of physical techniques to help dissolve habitual defences to become free, instinctual and playful actors with the aim of being able to be completely ‘in the moment’ when you perform. Charmaine’s approach aims to allow students to access, tap into and activate the sensory brain to balance with the narrative logical mind.

Charmaine has worked with a variety of people to develop acting skills including children, students, professionals and beginners and works in a fun, accessible and approachable way.


Emphasis is placed on discovering the psychology and emotional life of everyday characters using skills you already possess but may not consciously put into practice

The fundamentals of character development will be explored through a variety of techniques, enabling you to create a believable, fully developed, three-dimensional character

You will learn how an actor prepares to ‘be’ a character not ‘act’ a character

You will be taught everything an actor needs to know about being a character and all the information required to be believable in a role

You will learn how the industry works from acting to casting to scriptwriting to directing and producing and why it’s called show BUSINESS

After learning the fundamentals, you will move on to very simple scenes (No Shakespeare) and will put the skills you’ve learned into practice in a fun, supportive environment.

Alongside learning the fundamentals, you will work on monologues and scenes and will put the skills you are learning into practice in a fun, supportive environment.