Welcome to StrikeUp Education

Acting Courses for Adults, in Reading

StrikeUp Forum Theatre – Third Friday of the Month – 7.30-10PM

Forum Theatre was invented by Brazilian Theatre Practitioner, Augusto Boal, in the early 70s. It is an interactive form of theatre used to host theatrical debate between actors and spectators, often by interpreting scenes in multiple different ways.

StrikeUp Forum Theatre

StrikeUp Forum Theatre is a space for Actors & Writers to collaborate on new work. Every month, one new script from an emerging writer will be selected for development. Scripts may be full plays or extracts, for 3 - 4 Actors, up to 15 minutes in length. Following an ensemble based physical warm up, Actors will be split into 3 groups, each with a different rehearsal brief:

  1. Company A will work with the Writer, delivering the script close to its imagined life.
  2. Company B will work with StrikeUp Artistic Director, Rachel Mary, rehearsing the script in StrikeUp's trademark fast-paced physical style.
  3. Company C will be furnished with props, music and a 'wildcard' stimulus, and charged with developing their own interpretation. This can include all, some, or none of the original lines of the script, and may simply draw inspiration from the text.

For the last part, all three interpretations will be performed back for a lively debate that will spill into the bar afterwards, with opportunity to network for further development.

Autumn Dates:
Fri 20th Sept
Fri 18th Oct
Fri 22nd Nov
StrikeUp Fundraiser Scratch Night – Sat 7th Dec 7.30-10PM – Free Entry, Donations Welcome

The Actor & Empathy - Thursday Mornings – 10.30AM – 12.30PM Last Few Spots

Using techniques from a range of theatre practitioners, learn how to connect to your character through breath, thought and action.

First Half - Build a character from scratch through practical exercises and improvisation; learn to give your character a true emotional life.

Second Half – Test your character interactions through a range of rehearsal techniques; devising duologues and group scenes for in-house end of term sharing.

The Actor & The Voice MK II – Thursday Evenings – 8-10PM SOLD OUT !

Back by popular demand, this course is suitable for new students and those wishing to develop their vocal practise.

First Half – Vocal Strength & Conditioning – build breath capacity, projection power and articulation clarity; learn the skills to command the room with your chosen speech (be it monologue, wedding speech, work presentation, political speech, poem…)

Second Half – Character Voice – Learn how to sound like someone new; understand zones of resonance and accent ‘kit lists’; rehearse radio play for end of term in-house sharing.

Spring Term Courses Booking Soon

For details and enquiries, please email Rachel on rachel@strikeuptheatre.co.uk

See also our page at The Rising Sun Arts Centre here !