Courses and Workshops

Stage Combat Workshop

With Captivate Action

A 9 day intensive course training students in stage combat. From beginners starting their stage combat training to advanced training for those who just can’t get enough combat kicks!

Captivate Action have over 15 years in the Dramatic Combat industry, we have a legacy of dynamic and innovative work in the UK and Australia in creating Action for stage and screen.

Our Fight Directors and Movement Directors work across the breadth of the industry, from small independent theatre to main-stage productions such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Opera Australia and The Malthouse Theatre.

A team of internationally-recognised Tutors offer regular training for performers, where students can learn dramatic combat, movement, and other specialists performance skills (such as dance, clowning, aerial skills) to a professional industry level.

Our team of Performers are working actors, who are skilled at delivering a compelling performance alongside technical accuracy and specialist physical skills.

Standard training

Students will be given all the training and choreography to safely perform an Unarmed and Single Sword fight within a scripted scene. Techniques ranging from slaps and punches to intricate sword work will help participants to perform a thrilling scene on the final day of the intensive and will be examined by the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. With successful completion of the course, students will gain an industry recognised qualification that will prepare them for working in the business and give them the tools to approach stage combat work with confidence and skill.

Advanced training

For students who have already achieved their Standard qualification with the BADC this course really moves the performer to the next level of stage combat training. Weapons systems covered will include Rapier and Cloak, Sabre, and Unarmed combat – probably with a knife thrown in for good measure! Advanced students will be taught complex sequences of moves, all intricately linked to the story’s narrative, culminating in three gripping fight scenes performed at the end of the intensive for their BADC examination. Students awarded ‘distinction’ by the BADC examiner in two of their fights will attain the level of ‘Intermediate’ while those returning students with a total of four ‘distinctions’ become ‘Advanced’ fighters with the BADC.

What to expect…

In collaboration with Cygnet, Captivate-Action teachers Andrew Young and Amy Floyd will work you hard both physically and mentally. While this course will test your metal in more ways than one we also strive to make the whole experience as fun and rewarding as possible – because if you’re learning to safely swing a sword at each other it should be fun!

A little something extra…

This year we will be having a Fight Night in front of a friendly invited audience on Thursday 23rd on the penultimate evening of the course. This is a great opportunity for participants to have a dress run before the big day as well as for friends and family to come and see what we’ve all been up to (don’t worry there’s no audience participation!)

The course takes place from Tuesday 14th September to Friday 24th September 2021 (weekdays only).

Standard course – 9am – 4pm

Advanced course – 9am – 6pm

Final deadline for bookings 5pm 9th Sept


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Meisner Technique Acting Course

This course will undertake a very practical exploration into the craft of acting, using a series of exercises developed by renowned acting teacher, Sanford Meisner. By the end of the course, participants will have gained an understanding of how to apply the technique in scripted performance.

Derived from the Stanislavski System and developing alongside Strasberg’s Method, the Meisner Technique is a simple yet powerful acting system which equips the actor to live truthfully, moment by moment, under the given (imaginary) dramatic circumstances.

Our Workshops take place at Cygnet Theatre and are aimed at professional or aspiring professional actors, as well as those with some acting experience who wish to explore this approach to the craft.

Dates for Autumn are

  • Sundays, 12 & 26 September; 10 & 24 October; 7 & 28 November, from 10am to 1pm.
  • The cost for the course is £72.
  • Those who have previously completed one of our courses are invited to attend on a ‘drop-in’ basis for £12 per session.
  • for further information or to book a session contact us directly

Community Acting Workshop

Do you have a passion for acting?

Join Alistair Ganley – Cygnet’s Artistic Director – for a series of workshops designed to build confidence and skills. Accessible to all levels of experience, these weekly classes aim to build on and challenge previous experiences in an open, safe and friendly group environment.

Over the course we will look at

  • STORYTELLING as the basis for all drama
  • IMPROVISATION  to build strong, fast and fun characters and relationships, as well as encouraging spontaneity and listening, in both comic and dramatic scenarios
  • CHARACTERISATION finding information from a text or scenario to find 3D character 

There will be some text preparation and learning requested as part of the course

Dates    8 week course Sept 28th  – Nov 16th

Time      Tuesday evenings 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Price       £100  (concession £80 NUS / unemployed)

For more info or if you are interested and would like to apply please contact us via using Community Acting Workshop as the subject

Musical Theatre drop in course with Louisa Morgan

Preparing for an audition?

Cygnet Theatre’s resident singing teacher and audition coach will be hosting a Musical Theatre drop-in course for post-16 singers who are working on audition material.

This could be for dance/drama school entry or for professional auditions. Louisa has an excellent track record of working with performers for drama school entry and private auditions, with many of her private students gaining places at top dance and drama schools.

Singers will need to bring sheet music and a backing track (emailed in advance of the session) and be prepared to work on audition technique in front of the group. You may also choose to bring a monologue. Sessions can include consultations on audition repertoire.

Feel free to email if you have any problems locating sheet music or tracks

  • Starting Monday October 4th 6pm-7:30pm.
  • £10 per session
  • Running fortnightly
  • Email to register your interest. (No need to attend every session)


Scene Studies are the perfect way for actors to continually work on their craft, as they give you the opportunity to put into practice your skills, instinct and experience; as you create a character, connect to the world of a play, understand the anatomy of a scene and embody it.

We will focus on one play in each block, and the workshops will involve exploring the plays demands on actors, key themes, challenges and scenes. Plays will vary in style and genre exploring, contemporary plays, exciting new writing, 20th Century canonical texts, Shakespeare, Greek Tragedy and more.  Our focus is to find the plays, scenes and characters that will challenge and excite you as an actor.

This Autumn Scene Study session at Cygnet will focus on a contemporary or 20th century classic play. The core of the sessions will involve you working in pairs or small groups on scenes with Amanda, in front of the rest of the group.  Working in this way allows you to diagnose, focus and develop your strengths and weakness; it encourages you to take risks (as the focus is your own development and growth, without the pressure of an upcoming performance).  Watching other actors work is also extremely beneficial.

The Wheel Actor Training