Unblocking The Actors' Body

Actors taking part in physical theatre

    Course fee


Please note that due to the worldwide developing COVID-19/Coronavirus situation, the workshop on 4 April 2020 has been cancelled. Please refer to our COVID-19/ Coronavirus webpage for further information. 

Course Overview

Many actors have a natural way with words. We live in an environment where we use words - written, spoken, sung, heard - all the time and we are naturally highly experienced in their usage. We also use our bodies all the time, but a traditional bias towards the language of words has often nudged the language of the body out of theatre and film into other genres like physical theatre, dance, and performance art. Stanislavski, the ‘Darwin of acting’, spent his life exploring ways for performers to equally balance body and word, and some of his most exciting late discoveries are still relatively unknown in the UK.

In a friendly and supportive environment, you will:

  • Discover the unique expressive capabilities of your body and how this connects to text.
  • Become more aware of blocks and resistances in your body and how to lessen them.
  • Work practically with Stanislavski exercises to activate the body’s potential and unite the physical with the psychological to achieve a more rounded character.
  • Explore body language and its effect on actor and audience.
  • Work practically on discovering ‘character’ body language and the meaning of action.
  • Explore different genres of acting, from naturalism to clowning.
  • Work on scenes from plays, devised scenes, and improvised scenes.

Who this course is for?

  • Actors who are comfortable with text-based work but feel that they are not yet accessing the full expressive power of their body in performance.
  • Dancers and movement artists who want to want to explore acting through the body.
  • Anyone curious about the creative connection between the mind and the body.

How will the course benefit you?

  • Improved confidence with physicalisation and embodiment of character.
  • Tools to work on creating character with the body.
  • Awareness of your body’s expressive capabilities.



    General Information


    • This workshop is for students aged 18 and over
    • Our workshops are capped at a maximum of 16 people
    • Participants will be required to wear loose, comfortable clothing they can move in and work in bare feet.
    • All workshops take place at Central's main campus in Swiss Cottage
    • You can receive a full refund up until 7 days before the workshop date. After this the fees are non-refundable and we're unable to defer places to a future workshop
    • 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. In this event, you will be notified of this by email and will receive a full refund of the course fee. We're unable to refund any additional costs you may have incurred (travel, accommodation etc).