Acting for beginners

It's never too late to tread the boards! Our Beginners Acting Courses for Adults offer an introduction to acting in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.


Ideal for those with little or no acting experience, classes provide the chance to explore acting technique in a playful, accessible and practical way.

Whether you are an aspiring performer; wish to revitalise your creativity; or simply want to try something new and build self-confidence, you will find our classes fun and rewarding. 


"Luke is a fantastic teacher with a really easy going nature which, makes the learning so much easier. I’m now attending the more advanced classes and aim to audition for future plays and keep learning and acting for as long as I can!! If you’re thinking about doing it, just do it! You’ll love it!!" 


Kevin Bray, Student


Learn at your own pace

Beginners courses introduce you to core performance skills required to get you started and are open to anyone over the age of 18. We limit the numbers in our classes so everybody gets the attention they need and the support to develop at their own pace. ​There is no audition to join.


We offer three10-week courses, which run throughout the year - all of which can be signed up to individually and taken in any order.


Workshops are delivered 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.


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Explore the process of bringing characters to life through script work, analysis and practical experimentation. Introducing you to the techniques from Stanislavsky’s system of actor training.

Comedy and Improv

Explore comic techniques through playful improvisations and learn to find the game and to embrace your mistakes. You can expect exaggerated characters, slapstick humour, silly scenarios and lots of laughter!

Storytelling Theatre

Explore how to create imaginative and engaging characters, use vocal and physical skills to bring strange worlds to life and create performances that will keep your audience on the edge of their seats!

Sessions are led by Luke Marquez

Luke is an experienced Director, Lecturer and Workshop Leader specialising in contemporary theatre practices. Having graduated from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with an MA in Applied Theatre, he went on to establish Wrong Shoes Theatre Company and the Shoebox Theatre through which he creates and programmes contemporary theatre and new work. In addition, he has a BA (Hons) in Performing Arts and a PGDE in Drama. Luke has been providing one-to-one tuition and theatre workshops for over 12 years.


As a Director he works with both scripted and devised theatre, experimenting with experiential performance and encouraging the audience to engage with the work. He often creates theatre in unusual settings, combining a range of disciplines and a collaborative approaches to theatre making.

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




Acting foundation

Masterclasses for Actors to refresh or build their skills.

Part-time Acting and Theatre Making foundation course.