Part-time foundation course: Acting

Our part-time Acting foundation course offers affordable training of the highest standard, which works around your employment or study commitments.

It is designed for students working towards auditioning for drama school or university and provides training in acting, movement and voice by professionals working in the industry.

You will receive training in:


  • Audition preparation

  • Acting technique

  • Voice and song

  • Movement

  • Monologues

  • Scene-work

  • Theatre making


In addition to training from our regular tutors, you will also take part in specialist workshops from visiting professionals and benefit from discount on all Actors’ Institute Masterclasses.


Students will also work as a theatre company to create a performance for FUSE festival.

“When I was growing up in Swindon, I came through the traditional drama route, which is great, but the training at the Shoebox Theatre gives young actors alternative ways of developing skills, which is really, really exciting!” 

Billie Piper

Patron of the Shoebox Theatre


  • 10 month course, September to June

  • 10 hours per week intensive training, covering a wide variety of disciplines

  • Performance experience

  • Personal development

  • Help selecting and applying to drama school

  • Discount on all Actors’ Institute master-classes

  • Highest quality actor training

  • Opportunities to learn from industry professionals

  • Easy access to public transport and local amenities

Who should apply?

The part-time foundation course is suitable for anyone aged 17+ who is considering a career in acting and theatre making and who wishes to audition for Drama School or University performance courses.


Students applying for this course should be self-motivated, disciplined and able to work creatively and collaboratively with others. 

We have an excellent track record for nurturing the careers of young actors and have most recently seen students successfully audition for Drama Schools such as East 15, The Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford and Fourth Monkey, as well as Universities.

Course structure

Classes take place over three ten-week terms on the following evenings and weekend days:

  • Monday - 7pm - 10pm

  • Wednesday - 7pm - 10pm

  • Sunday - 10am - 12noon and 12:30pm - 2:30pm


You will receive core skills training in acting, voice and movement throughout the 3 terms. 

In term 1, you will receive personal development coaching to help you plan your auditions, prepare your personal statement and select your audition monologues.  


You will continue to receive audition support throughout the year alongside your core skills training and master classes.

We are now taking enquiries for September 2020.

Fees and how to apply

The total course fee is £2,000


A deposit of £200 should be paid on acceptance of your place on the course. The remaining fee may then be paid in full on starting the course, or £600 paid each term.

To enquire about a place on our part-time foundation course starting in September 2020, please email us at


Entry on to the foundation course is subject to a successful audition. Auditions will take place in June and September.


Workshops take place at the Shoebox Theatre - our purpose built, fully equipped studio located in Swindon’s historic railway village.

With numerous public car parks nearby and only a 10 minutes walk from the Swindon train and bus stations, access is a breeze wherever you’re coming from.

Swindon is conveniently located on the M4 and is easily commutable  from Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Winchester, Reading, Cheltenham and Gloucester. 

Stage combat

 APC Equity recognised exam courses in stage combat at basic, intermediate and advanced levels.​




Actor's workout

Masterclasses for Actors to refresh or build their skills.

Weekly sessions focusing on either scripted or improv work to keep your acting technique sharp and well-practiced.

Actors' Institute and Shoebox Theatre are trading names of Wrong Shoes Theatre Company.

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