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Intro to Acting Weekender

Tutor: Jonathan Brown
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton & Hove BN1 2LR
Next date: Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 September 2018

What does this course cover?

Activate your acting muscles and discover new ways to play, create and perform. Playing in many areas including script, movement, physical, character and Improvised Theatre.

Through playful exercises, games and more, you will learn to: give license to your imagination; use your whole body and voice; listen and respond to the moment; explore your emotional range; incorporate your personal experience in the moment; work with text; take risks; work as an ensemble and be comfortable with an audience. And more!

About the tutor

Jonathan is an experienced teacher and group facilitator, and has been teaching theatre, both with the WEA, and independently for over 10 years.

Since 2007, his theatre company has won and been nominated in most of the available prize categories at the Brighton Fringe, and his one-person show training course has led to an Argus Angel Award for two participants, and his mentoring of a Best New Play nominee.

Jonathan is Artistic Director of Something Underground Theatre Company:
    • Winner: Best New Play Award, Brighton Fringe 2012  (Jonathan Brown, The Last Lunch).
    • Shortlisted:  Best New Play Award, Brighton Fringe 2013 (Jonathan Brown, The Silent Stream)
    • Winner: Best Male Performer, Brighton Fringe 2013 (Jonathan Brown, The Silent Stream)
    • Winner: Best Female Performer, Brighton Fringe 2014 (K Goodfellow, Smoking Ban, written & directed by JB)
    • Nominated:   Best Female Performer,Brighton Fringe 2013 (Rachel Guershon for Betsy: Wisdom of a Brighton Whore, written and directed by JB)


“I really enjoy these classes, they take place in a supportive environment so we can take creative ‘risks’ that feel very playful. The group is made up of people with mixed experience and everyone is included and encouraged to contribute which has the outcome of everyone upping their game. I’ve sampled many other acting workshops but usually end up feeling frustrated I’m not being stretched enough or others are allowed to negatively monopolise the group, but with this one I am pleased to say that I experience my creative performing muscles being workedout – essential for any performer.”  Miranda Morris, May 2015

“Expect the unexpected surprise yourself / be creative..These  are the things I like about Jonathan Brown’s classes…

 Clear imaginative teaching – we’re stimulated via short dotty easy games towards longer riskier deeper challenges and this builds confidence.2) Feedback: The group is free to share honest / negative / positive reactions to varied activities
JB is group-sensitive to ‘safety’ issues…physical and psychological
JB GIVES ideas TO the group but also TAKES/USES ideas FROM the group
Exercises can go off in weird directions & tangents (eg funny to serious,serious to funny) but JB doesn’t mind / is flexible..there’s no wrong or right."
  Hermione Huxley, May 2015