top of page

Classes and Workshops

Improv Group

Beginners' Drama 

This 8 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 you relax in social settings. Emphasis is on confidence building and having fun. All ages (18+) welcome. Early booking recommended.


Thurs 20th April-Thurs 22nd June

(No class 25th May or 1st June)

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

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

Price: £120

(Low income rate of £105 available via email enquiry)

Acting & Drama Classes
Intermediate Drama (Showcase Course)

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.  Our April-June course will be a 'devised showcase course', where students will create their own characters to be crafted into a 'mini play' for friends and family on the final week. This level is for those who have already completed a course with us or who have previous drama experience elsewhere. Early booking recommended. 


Thurs 20th April-Thurs 22nd June

(No class 25th May or 1st June)

Time: 8pm-9.30pm

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

Price: £120

(Low income rate of £105 available via email enquiry)

Untitled design (8).png
savage heart drama 6.jpg


Drama at the Ropetackle

We are delighted to bring our Drama Classes for Adults to The Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham! Our Wednesday Drama Group is suitable for adults of all ages who would like to build confidence, meet new people and express their creativity in a fun and supportive setting.

 Learn acting technique and get creative with character, script work and improvisation. Suitable for total beginners and people with some previous experience (maybe a long time ago!) All ages (18+) welcome.

SPRING 6 Week Course: Wed 22nd March-Wed 10th May (No class 5th April or 12th April)


SUMMER 6 Week Course: Wed 14th June-Wed 26th July (No class 14th June)


Time: 6.30-8pm

Venue: The Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG (Mezzanine Room)

Price: £85 for 6 Weeks

Drama Class FAQs & Testimonials

Singing & Dance

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. 


'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

savage heart drama 5.jpg
bottom of page