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Upcoming
Classes and Workshops

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BRIGHTON CLASSES

Beginners' Drama 

This is a fun introduction to drama.  You will play drama games, learn theatre acting technique and get creative with character and script work. If you'd like to build your confidence  in a supportive, group setting, this is the course for you. All ages (18+) welcome. Early booking recommended.

2024 DATES

BLOCK 1: Wed 24th Jan-Wed 20th March (no class 14th Feb) 8 WEEKS

BLOCK 2: Wed 17th April-Wed 12th June (no class 29th May) 8 WEEKS

BLOCK 3: Wed 19th June-Wed 24th July 6 WEEKS

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

Venue: St. Mary's Church Community Centre, Kemp Town

Price: £120 for 8 weeks

£90 for 6 weeks

There is no need to have completed previous blocks in order to join.

Acting & Drama Classes
Intermediate Drama 

Explore theatre acting techniques, learn more about improvisation, script work,  and how to create a character. We'll work on scenes and speeches from contemporary plays. Add a weekly dose of play and collaboration to your life. 

This course is for those who have already completed a course with us or who have previous drama experience elsewhere and want to learn more. All ages (18+) welcome. Early booking recommended.

2024 DATES

BLOCK 1: Wed 24th Jan-Wed 20th March (no class 14th Feb) 8 WEEKS

BLOCK 2: Wed 17th April-Wed 12th June (no class 29th May) 8 WEEKS

BLOCK 3: Wed 19th June-Wed 24th July 6 WEEKS

Time: 8pm-9.30pm

Venue: St. Mary's Church Community Centre, Kemp Town

Price: £120 for 8 weeks £90 for 6 weeks.

You do not need to do BLOCK 1 before joining BLOCK 2, or BLOCK 2 before joining BLOCK 3

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Advanced Drama 

This course is for people who are serious about acting and have been to drama classes before. Maybe you'd like to become a professional actor and want to learn technique. Maybe you've started your acting journey and want to keep your skills sharp. Or maybe you've done a few courses with us or elsewhere and feel ready for a new challenge. We'll get to grips with scenes, monologues, movement for stage, Meisner Technique, actioning scripts, Michael Chekhov Technique and vocal development. Open to amateur and professional actors, performers from different disciplines i.e. performance poets, comedians, dancers etc and anyone with a passion to discover more about acting. Please note you will need to learn lines for this course. If this is an issue, let us know and we may be able to work around it. All ages (18+) welcome. Early booking recommended.

2024 DATES

BLOCK 1: Thurs 25th Jan-Thurs 21st March. (no class 15th Feb) 8 WEEKS

BLOCK 2: Thurs 18th April-Thurs 13th June (no class 2nd May or 30th May) 7 WEEKS

BLOCK 3: Thurs 20th June-Thurs 25th July 6 WEEKS

Time: 7pm-9pm

Venue: St. Mary's Church Community Centre, Kemp Town

Price: £160 for 8 Weeks £140 for 7 Weeks £120 for 6 Weeks

You can join BLOCK 2 without having completed BLOCK 1 etc

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SHOREHAM CLASSES

AT THE ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE

 

BEGINNERS' DRAMA

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. Early booking advised as this course often sells out.

2024 DATES

BLOCK 1 (8 Weeks)

Thurs 25th January - 21st March (no class 15th February)

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

£120

 

BLOCK 2 (8 Weeks)

Thurs 18th April – 13th June (No class 30th May)

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

£120

BLOCK 3 (6 Weeks)

Thursday June 20th – 25th July

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

£90

INTERMEDIATE DRAMA

 Suitable for those who have already completed a drama course with us or have some previous experience (even if it was a long time ago!). Delving further into acting technique, script work, improvisation, creating characters, vocal technique. Build focus, develop spontaneity and self confidence. Meet new people and express creativity in  a fun, supportive setting. 

2024 DATES

BLOCK 1 (8 Weeks)

Wed 24th January - 20th March (no class 14th February)

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

£120

 

BLOCK 2 (8 Weeks)

Wed 17th April – 12th June (No class 29th May)

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

£120

BLOCK 3 (6 Weeks)

Wed June 20th – 24th July

Time: 6.30pm-8pm

Venue: The Ropetackle Arts Centre, Little High St, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5EG

£90

WORTHING CLASSES

BEGINNERS' DRAMA

We are delighted to bring our  drama classes to the beautiful Heene Community Centre Worthing. This course is suitable for adults of all ages who would like to build confidence, meet new people, and express themselves in a fun and supportive setting. Maybe you’ve always wanted to try acting. Maybe you’d like to develop your spontaneity. Or maybe you’d like to get better at speaking in front of other people. People take our courses for various reasons and enjoy the weekly dose of play and connection drama provides.

 

You’ll learn theatre acting techniques and get creative with character, script work and improvisation. This course is suitable for  beginners and people who have done a little drama already. Taught by Rachel Mae Brady an experienced facilitator with years of practical knowledge working in the TV, film, and theatre industries. All ages (18+) welcome.

2024 DATES

BLOCK 1: Tues 23rd Jan-Tues 19th March (no class 13th Feb) 8 WEEKS

BLOCK 2: Tues 16th April-Tues 11th June (no class 28th May) 8 WEEKS

BLOCK 3: Tues 18th June-Tues 23rd July

Time: 6.30pm-8pm 6 WEEKS

Venue: Heene Community Centre, 122 Heene Rd, Worthing BN11 4PL

Price: £120 for  8 Weeks £90 for  6 Weeks

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: Yes! We just launched our Advanced Class in Sept 2023. Advanced level is suitable for experienced amateur actors who want to learn technique and professional actors, new to the industry who want to keep their skills sharp.

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

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