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The Forge Initiative is adding new short courses to complement the one-year full-time programme, starting in September 2016.

The short courses are for actors who have either already trained at drama school or have been working in the industry professionally.

Each of the seven short courses take place every Monday to Friday for five weeks, except:

  • Storytelling: runs for four weeks, with performances in the fourth week (9am - 5pm).
  • Adapting the Novel: runs for four weeks, with performances in the fourth week.
  • The Film Project*: runs for three weeks at the beginning of the third term, and is a full-time commitment (9am - 5pm).

Additional morning classes may take place during each short course as well as during the final week.

The final work is performed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights of the final week in the theatre at our home in Paddington Arts.

Applicants are accepted by audition on all short coursesApply by submitting your application on our Apply Now page.

* If you wish to apply for The Film Project, you will be required to complete our application form and send a showreel (if you have one) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a member of the team will come back to you.

Dates on the short courses may be subject to change.

Here are the short courses available to you:

Storytelling 

storytellingLed by The Forge Initiative Programme Leader, Brian Astbury, this is an introduction to Narrative Structure, during which you will write your own material, choose one of your stories and turn it into a theatre piece, which will be staged in the fourth week.

This short course is designed to dispel the fear that you cannot write, devise and produce your own work. It is the very first module on the full-time programme, giving each performer the courage and belief they need to go on and further develop their devising skillset. You will attend full-time, Monday to Friday with additional training in the mornings covering movement, acting, voice / singing.

Past projects: To understand what this project entails – in 2015, each participant in this project wrote nine stories over the first nine days, using methods based on the book Everyone Can Write, written by Astbury, where each piece was approximately 1,000 words long. In the final performances each member either did their piece as a form of Stand-up Storytelling, or in a staged scene, using the other members of the group.

Project duration: 4 weeks, Monday – Friday. 9am -5pm

Cost: £950

How to apply: Submit application form

Documentary Theatre 

documentaryThis short course is led by Dr Jessica Beck, an established director and deviser, who in 2007 won the Excellence Award for Outstanding Direction at the New York International Fringe Festival for her work on the devised production, Up The Gary.

In this project you will take on a real-life event, interview other project participants, or work from written texts where necessary, to enable you to perform the story truthfully, accurately and imaginatively.

You will be requested to attend morning classes in Feldenkrais and afternoon Alba Emoting classes.

Past projects: In 2015, the group produced The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Guildford, which investigated various famous people with connections to the town. It was so successful that it was invited to be a part of the Guildford Fringe 2016.

Project duration: 5 weeks

Cost: £950

How to apply: Submit application form


Devising 

devisingLed by Shane Dempsey, Artistic Director of Fragments International Ensemble whose extraordinary high-energy approach has led to highly successful Edinburgh Festival productions such as The Bay and The Master and Margarita.

This movement-based project guides you to find and research a storyline – either fictional or based on a real story or text – and create a physical performance using music, metaphor, text and song.

You may be asked to attend up to two morning classes per week.

Project duration: 5 weeks

Cost: £950

How to apply: Submit application form


Adapting the Novel 

novelFrom a process developed by our one-year full-time programme leader Brian Astbury, you will take a novel and adapt it over three weeks of rehearsal for performance in the fourth week, using techniques drawn from the methods of Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop.

You may be asked to attend up to two morning classes per week.

Project duration: 4 weeks

Cost: £750

How to apply: Submit application form


Devising through Movement 

movementThis project is led by director, deviser, writer and musician Jonathan Grieve.

Using the Grotowskian techniques of groups such as Song of the Goat, as well as Dance/Theatre techniques drawn from Cuba and South America, you will devise a piece of movement theatre, developed from scratch in the rehearsal process, challenging and expressing each performers’ emotional, physical and spiritual drive and commitment, with public performances in the final week.

You may be asked to attend up to two morning classes per week.

Project duration: 5 weeks

Cost: £950

How to apply: Submit application form


The Small-Scale Musical 

small scalemusicalThe small-scale musical project is led by Tania Azevedo, artistic director and co-founder of award-winning Play Pen Productions, a company dedicated to new musical theatre.

You will create a small-scale musical based on social or political issues - writing the book and lyrics yourself - and create the musical score with our Musical Director. Performances take place in the final week.

You may be asked to attend up to two morning classes per week.

Past projects: In 2015, the group showcased snippets from three completely new musicals that had been devising for five weeks prior to the show, covering themes of abandonment, feminism and cultural relocation. Under the energised firm control of the director, Tania Azevedo, the group formed into three companies, each devising their own musical. The results were really exciting, more information about the shows here.

Project duration: 5 weeks

Cost: £950

How to apply: Submit application form


The Film Project 

filmprojectLed by multi-award winning Mark Richardson whose work has screened regularly at Raindance and whose short film After Eric-Part of That World won a SOFIE award for Best Comedic Short in New York in 2015. You will be trained in the various processes involved in producing short films and encouraged to enter in Film Festivals.

You will learn to be hands-on in the various areas of film-making, ranging from writing, acting, and directing to being the Director of Photography, editing and publicising.

Project duration: 3 weeks, Monday - Friday. 9am – 5pm

Costs: £950

How to apply: please complete the application form and submit a show reel if you have one to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Apply now to audition for one of our short courses.