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Here's what the industry says about The Forge Initiative Programme Leader Brian Astbury:

Richard E. Grant describes his book - Trusting the Actor - on theatre and acting as: “An idiosyncratic, challenging and practical guide to the craft of acting, crammed with anecdotes and humorous insights.”

Rufus Norris, Director of the National Theatre describes him as: "a unique figure in British theatre. Provocative, controversial, doggedly inspiring and fearless in his pursuit of the truth, he empowers and questions with equal passion. Immune to the distractions of pretence, he has been the pivotal teacher, enabler and mentor for me and countless others."

Stephen Moyer, star of TRUE BLOOD, says: "if you think this {course} is just about acting you would be very wrong. Brian Astbury could easily have titled the course - Everything you will ever need to know about Acting - and even then not have come close to describing its worth...I cannot recommend it highly enough."

Jason Flemyng, star of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels says: "Brian Astbury was, without a doubt, the biggest influence on me while I trained at LAMDA. Brian's teachings are still what I go to in trouble, and more importantly, way back in a church hall in Earls Court, he taught me to be proud of whatever talent I had, and confident. Without confidence no actor can risk, fail, brush themselves down and try again. It's in the taking of risks, and being brave, that we can really excel.”

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Hayley in Coronation Street says: "...a truly inspirational teacher. He taught me that you can have a social conscience and be an actor; that you can affect change through your work."