Upcoming
Classes and Workshops

 
Improv Group
Beginners' Drama (Level 1)

This 10 week course is for those who are completely new to drama. You will play drama games, learn acting technique and get creative with character and script work. If you’ve been struggling with group interaction as we return to ‘normal life’, this course can help ease you back in to social settings. Emphasis is on confidence building and having fun. All ages (18+) welcome. Early booking recommended.

Dates: Thurs 15th September-Thurs 24th November (excluding Half Term Week 27th Oct)

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

Venue: St George's Church Community Centre (The Crypt) BN2 1ED

Price: £150

(Low income rate of £135 available via email enquiry)

Beginners' Level 2

This 10 week course is for people who are still at the beginning of their drama journey but who have a small amount of previous experience. Maybe you took a drama class a long time ago and would like to take it up again, or maybe you've just completed Beginners' Level 1 with us. We will cover script work, character building, different theatre acting techniques, improvisation and how to move onstage. All ages (18+) welcome.  Early booking recommended. 

Dates:  Thurs 15th September-Thurs 24th November (excluding Half Term Week 27th Oct)

Time: 8pm-9.30pm

Venue: St George's Church Community Centre (The Crypt) BN2 1ED

Price: £150

(Low income rate of £135 available via email enquiry)

Learning the Scripts
Intermediate Drama

Delve further into the world of performing. This course offers a more in depth look at acting technique in a welcoming and fun environment.  All ages (18+) welcome.  This course is for those who have already completed a course with us or who have previous drama experience elsewhere. Early booking recommended. 

Dates: Thurs 15th September-Thurs 24th November (excluding Half Term Week 27th Oct)

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

Venue: St George's Church Community Centre (The Crypt) BN2 1ED

Price: £150

(Low income rate of £135 available via email enquiry )

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Rehearsal
Advanced Drama

Delve further into the world of performing. This course offers a more in depth look at acting technique in a welcoming and fun environment.  All ages (18+) welcome.  This course is for those who have already completed a course with us or who have previous drama experience elsewhere. Early booking recommended. 

Dates: Thurs 15th September-Thurs 24th November (excluding Half Term Week 27th Oct)

Time: 8pm-9.30pm

Venue: St George's Church Community Centre (The Crypt) BN2 1ED

Price: £150

(Low income rate of £135 available via email enquiry)

 
Saturday Workshops

SCREEN ACTING (Beginners)

Ever wanted to try acting on film? Experienced screen actor Rachel Mae Brady ('Vikings', 'The Perfect Christmas Village', 'Camelot') will take you through the basics of taking a performance from script to screen, how to improvise with a scene partner, hit your mark and deliver a naturalistic, nuanced performance. We will work on scenes from well known films & TV shows. Participants will be filmed and have the opportunity to watch and learn from their performances during the workshop.

Date: Saturday 11th June 

Time: 10am-1pm

Venue: St Georges Church Community Centre BN2 1ED

Price: £35*

 

 

Filming
Movie Star

SCREEN ACTING (Improvers)

Building on the basics, we will further explore what makes for a compelling on screen performance.  Work on scenes from well known films & TV shows.

Participants will be filmed and have the opportunity to watch and learn from their performances during the workshop.

Date: Saturday 25th June 

Time: 10am-1pm

Venue: St Georges Church Community Centre BN2 1ED

Price: £35*

INTRO TO MEISNER TECHNIQUE

Get out of your head and into the present! Connect deeply and learn to perform in an entirely new way.  The Meisner Technique is an approach to acting developed by American theatre practitioner Sanford Meisner. You will learn to focus on the other actors in your  immediate environment and trust your instincts. One of the most popular techniques in the world, actors who who have studied  Meisner Technique include Gregory Peck,  Grace Kelly, Jon Voight, Jeff Goldblum, Christoph Waltz,  James Gandolfini, Naomi Watts,   Diane Keaton, Sydney Pollack, Jon Voight, Robert Duvall, Anthiny Hopkins & Michelle Pfeiffer.  Over 3 hours you will take part in the famous 'Repetition Exercise', working with scene partners through improvisation and scripted scenes.

“Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances.” - Sanford Meisner.

 

Date: Saturday 9th July 

Time: 10am-1pm

Venue: St Georges Church Community Centre BN2 1ED

Price: £35*

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HOW TO CREATE A SOLO SHOW 

Learn  how to create dramatic material using your own life as inspiration. Open to writers/performers & people with no experience of either.

 

Have you always wanted to create your own show? Maybe you've never written a word or stepped foot upon a stage? Maybe you've written several plays but would like to try new creative approaches? Or maybe you've never had to opportunity to create autobiographical work? All are welcome at this workshop. You will learn exercises to overcome writer's block, tackle your inner-critic, approach story, think about your potential audience, hone your writing ability and leave with lots of fresh ideas and some embryonic material. You don't have to have an idea for a show to attend. All ages (18+) welcome.

 

Date: Saturday 30th July 

Time: 10am-1pm

Venue: St Georges Church Community Centre BN2 1ED

Price: £35*

Drama Class FAQs & Testimonials

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Q: I've never done drama before, am I too inexperienced to take a class with Savage Heart?

A: Not at all! We welcome complete beginners. Just make sure you book our Beginners Course!

 

Q: Who teaches the classes?

 

A: Our classes are taught by Joy Forsythe and Rachel Mae Brady who run Savage Heart. We both think creating a safe, supportive environment is essential for creativity. We pride ourselves on helping people build confidence and find their inner performer.

 

Joy ran weekly classes and staged 100+ productions over several years with her company the Irish Academy of Dramatic Arts, in Dublin. She has extensive experience as a freelance drama facilitator, running performance courses and workshops for Oxbridge Academic Programs, OXONDrama, and Theatre Royal Brighton.

Before moving to Brighton, Rachel ran weekly adult drama courses with her school OXONDrama in Oxford from 2015-2021. As a freelance facilitator she has taught performance workshops and courses for Cherwell Theatre Company, Creation Theatre Company, the Mill Theatre, Banbury, EF Language schools, Oxbridge Academic Programs, Oxford Royale Academy, and boomsatsuma.

Q: I really want to take a drama class but I'm terrified! Is drama right for me?

A: YES! This is one of the most common questions people ask us.  It's normal to be nervous before your first drama class. We understand that for many people who come along, showing up for the first class is the hardest part. We have years of experience creating safe, supportive spaces where you can build your confidence and express your creativity. You may feel a bit nervous for the first few minutes but we assure you, the first few classes are all about working as a group so you won't have lots of focus on you. Students often tell us that after the first few minutes of the first class, they forgot about their nerves and enjoyed having fun with the group. 

Q: Is drama good for confidence building?

A: Drama is one of the best activities you can do to build your confidence. At least 50% of our students come to drama class to build confidence.  Many of our students benefit from acting technique in their day-to-day lives, including feeling more at ease in social situations and more self assured at work.

Q: What should I expect from my first drama class?

A: Lots of low pressure games and exercises to get to know one another, build group trust and break down inhibitions. Easy movement, storytelling and character exercises in groups to learn about stage craft and some low pressure 'show and tell' in small groups. 

Q: Do you have an Advanced Class?

A: Not currently but we aim to run one later this year for students who have completed some Intermediate Level Courses with us.

Q: I have a disability. Can I attend class?

A: If you have a disability that inhibits movement or affects your sight, speech or hearing, it's always good to let us know when booking so we can make sure we are catering for your needs in our class plans. We have experience teaching students with varying degrees of mobility, reduced hearing, visual impairment and speech disorders. If there is anything that would make class easier for you, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

Testimonials

'I enjoyed every aspect of the classes. Joy was an excellent teacher and put everyone at ease very quickly. The games to get to know each other and to put people at ease were really good fun and definitely did the trick. It was amazing how relaxed the atmosphere was to enable everyone to take on roles/improvise so freely. The idea of this was daunting to start with but really wasn't so daunting in practice.' Rachel - Beginners' Drama Student

'Do more classes please! I don’t know what to do with myself on a Thursday now and turns out I need this as a creative outlet!' Amy - Beginners' Drama Student

'It has been really helpful for my mental health and fun/enjoyable.
I really enjoyed the scripted scenes and having to interact/be in the moment with others. Plus the framework of the classes moved at a really good pace.' Simon - Intermediate Drama Student

'I had fun, I received a lot of support and constructive feedback. I felt valued, I felt challenged in the best way possible. I always left the class feeling like I had discovered something really insightful and I felt good and hopeful. It's something that I almost never experienced before with previous acting classes/training.' Lorraine - Intermediate Drama Student