Two Week acting & development course

Application form/deposit required 

By Friday 15th July

Paid in full by 22nd July



This two week course offers aspiring young actors between the ages of 14 to 21, the opportunity to develop key skills in a fun, friendly and supportive environment, working in small groups building experience and confidence.

The course will cover some of the key elements of acting including:

·         Improve your acting skills

·         Discover your creative potential

·         Acting in Shakespeare and exploring text 

·         Acting: using exercises that explore some        basic techniques of acting

·         Voice: developing techniques that are fundamental to interpretation and vocal health

·         Movement: exploring actors' movement based on Laban

·         Improvisation: employing exercises that illuminate character

·         Exploring Play. Find the game to use and play with the audience.         

This is a fantastic opportunity to not only create a unique piece of theatre under the guidance of skilled, professional actors, but also develop knowledge and understanding of specific acting skills and techniques.

It is designed to appeal to various levels of experience, including beginners and those who wish to pursue full-time drama training.

Register by downloading the application form at the top of the page and please feel free to call Matthew for more information on 07845604288.

The course will run from Monday 1st - Friday 12th August 2016 (10am – 5pm) at Abbey Studios, Abbey Street, Bangor, Co. Down.

There will be a final showcase of works in progress on the final day at 7pm.

Limited places available. You must be committed to the full two week programme.

Cost: £300 and includes free T-Shirt and two tickets to the end showcase.

first come first serveD.

£100 deposit required to confirm booking and full amount to be paid on full Friday 22nd July.

come and play!!


big welcome to our tutors!



Trained at Drama Studio London.


A fully trained Joiner, Matthew knew his aspirations and dreams lay elsewhere and risked a career change, moving to London to train at the prestigious Drama Studio London. During his studies, Matthew was fortunate to be awarded the coveted 'Dance & Drama Award (DADA)' as one of the top students of that year. His acting career to date has included roles in the West End at the Duchess Theatre, The Mac Theatre Belfast, TV's 'The Fall' and 'My mother and other Strangers' to name a few. His love of Shakespeare also afforded him the good fortune to be specially selected to perform in ‘Henry The Fifth’ at the official opening of the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon.

With highly praised performances in Northern Ireland premieres such as 'Cabaret', Jack Thorne's 'Mydidae' and 'Damage', Matthew is fast becoming a creditable and popular actor.

As well as carving out a successful acting career, Matthew has also had the opportunity to direct several youth productions in Belfast as well as facilitate drama workshops for the Lyric Theatre and other companies. He has also picked up his tools again in the form of set building and design!

Matthew's vocal talents have also captured the attention of several established performers and he has delighted audiences across Northern Ireland as a guest performer both on stage and in the recording studio.


Molly LogaN - 'Working with Shakespeare'

Trained at RADA and is a regular performer at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Theatre: Midsummer Night's Dream, Blue Stockings, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre) Once A Catholic (Tricycle Theatre,London and Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool) 

Television: Our Girl (BBC) Spoof or Die (Channel 4)


Jessica Samoy Plunkett - Improvisation

Trained at Queens University Belfast and University of Arizona.

Jessica has also studied improvisation at Upright Citizens Brigade(UCB) Los Angeles California. While at the U of A, Jessica was a member of Comedy Corner, a long standing sketch and improv troupe. She is very excited to be taking these workshops in improvisation. We will be focusing on the work of Keith Johnstone as well as techniques from UCB. Come ready to play! 

Jessica also works with other companies around Belfast including the Lyric Theatre (facilitating for young people and teenagers), Open Arts (for adults with disabilities), and Bright Young Things (for young people). 

Amy Hydes - Play/clowning

Trained at Ecole Philippe Gaulier & Drama Studio London.

Amy is an established stand-up comedienne in London with her monthly comedy night ‘Live Admin’. This year she is currently gearing up to perform and compere one of the main comedy stages at Glastonbury Festival. Amy has also curated and directed the inaugural 'Greenpeace Cabaret for Glastonbury' (a late-night cabaret extravaganza on the first night of the festival). 

She recently directed a Roald Dahl schools project for Travelling Light Theatre Company which involved over 120 children in new versions of ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’

Credits whilst training include The School of NightThe Winters Tale, Kate in Taming of The ShrewUncle Vanya and The Relapse (Grange Court Theatre). She was chosen to participate in The RSC CDS Workshop at The Swan Theatre, Stratford and selected to compete in BBC Radio 4's Carleton Hobbs Award 2011 where she won a commendation. One of her favourite role's to date has been Hannah Jarvis in Arcadia (Camden People's Theatre). She has appeared in a number of short films and works regularly as a voiceover artist. 

Amy’s work revolves around play; how we play with the audience and each other and how we can find interesting characters and ways of working through the use of play. She enjoys the humour found in the bizarre right through to the inane. She aims to finding the funny in both every day life and larger than life characters. She truly believes that creating a safe space to be silly in yields the most interesting and satisfying work.