Courses and Workshops

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


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