Acting: Working with Text (online)

Through the examination of modern text this course practically introduces you to the skills and imaginative processes that form the backbone of the actor’s craft.

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Central is excited to have specially re-purposed its Acting: Working with Text course for online provision.

Course Overview

This course will build on the skills learnt in our introductory level online course Acting Techniques by introducing further concepts of text analysis to add into your 'acting toolkit'.

Through this course you will:

  • develop a understanding of the various demands of a wide range of texts from the early 20th Century through to contemporary writing
  • work on text analysis skills in order to determine the world of the play, the action and the character arc
  • learn how to make effective performance choices
  • develop compelling dramatic characters through the body, as well as text analysis
  • gain skills in rehearsal, stagecraft, confidence in performing in front of others and working effectively within an ensemble
  • work on developing an awareness of psycho-physical tension habits and learn how to free them in order to be more present and widen creative expression through the body and imagination.

This course is for:-

  • Anyone that's already taken Acting Techniques online or Acting: An Introduction face to face pre-March 2020.
  • Anyone that's completed equivalent beginner level acting classes elsewhere
  • Those with experience of acting who want to brush up their text analysis skills


  • This course is for students aged 18 and over
  • This course is capped at a maximum of 12 people
  • Please dress in clothes that are comfortable to move in
  • All workshops take place online using Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to you the day of the workshop with log in 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 course.
  • 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: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2.00pm - 4.00pm (GMT +1) for 4 weeks. The course consists of 8 sessions in total.

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.

Please ensure you have read Central's Evening Courses and Online Courses Applications and Terms and Conditions before booking.

If you have any questions, please email

Upcoming dates

Monday 22 June - Wednesday 15 July

Mondays and Wednesdays, 2.00pm - 4.00pm (GMT +1)

Book now


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 "Book Now" 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.