Acting: The Play (online)

Work with a professional director over four weeks to rehearse and perform a contemporary play online.  

Acting: The Play Online Short Course at Central

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Central is excited to have specially re-purposed its Acting: The Play short course for online provision.

Course Overview

Work with a professional theatre director to rehearse and perform a contemporary play on Zoom. Over the four weeks, you will have the opportunity to work on a play from start to finish and gain a wide-ranging practical understanding of current trends in online rehearsal and theatrical performance.  

In a friendly and supportive environment, you will:

  • gain a practical understanding of current rehearsal processes that incorporate technology in the absence of face-to-face practice
  • be cast in a speaking role
  • explore text analysis, character development, taking direction and ensemble storytelling
  • give a semi-staged performance on Zoom in the final session for an invited audience

This course is for:

  • anyone who has completed our other evening courses Acting - An Introduction and Acting – Working with Text (online or face-to-face) and wants to move to the next level
  • those who have completed similar level acting classes elsewhere
  • those who have some experience in acting, and want to put the scene-study skills that they have learned into practice on a single, extended piece of work.


  • All times listed are London time (either GMT, or GMT +1 depending on the time of year). If you're joining from overseas, please use a timezone convertor before booking to establish what the local time will be for you. 
  • Please dress in clothes that are comfortable to move in
  • All courses take place online using Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to you the day before the workshop date with further instructions.
  • You will need to have access to a quiet room or space with no other people present, and room to move around to take part in this workshop.
  • For the best online experience, we recommend using a laptop or desktop computer rather than a phone. We also suggest you test your audio, visual and internet connection through Zoom, before joining the course.
  • Central reserves the right to cancel this workshop within 7 days of it beginning if we don't meet the minimum number of sign-ups required. A full refund will be made to you in the instance, however, we're unable to refund any other costs you may have incurred.

Course Detail

Times: Various. Usually twice a week for 4 weeks. The course consists of 8 sessions in total. See below for current dates. 

Age: Minimum age is 18 on the first day of the course. No upper age limit.

International students: You are welcome to join this course from anywhere in the world provided you meet our minimum language requirements. 

Language requirements: Applicants must be confident speaking and reading English to a conversational level (IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent). Please note, you will be expected to read texts/scripts that may have advanced vocabulary in them on this course.

Maximum class size: 12

Attendance: Due to the structure of the courses, and the collaborative nature of acting, full attendance is requested.

Refunds: We are able to offer a full refund up until 7 days before the course begins. After this the course will become fully non-refundable.

Upcoming Dates

Dates to be confirmed



Our courses are available on a first come, first served basis in order of payment. To secure a place, please take the following steps:-

1. Read through our Terms and Conditions before booking. 

2. Click on "Click here to book" above. Please make sure you are booking for the correct course and option (ie Mon/Wed or Tue/Thu if more than one option is available).

3. Click on 'Tickets' on our Eventbrite booking page and follow the instructions.

4. If you preferred dates are sold out, you can join the waiting list via Eventbrite and we'll let you know if a place becomes available or when new dates go on sale.


Please see our Online Short Courses FAQ page for more details.