Acting - Further Work with Text | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Acting - Further Work with Text

Through exercises and scene study you will go beyond naturalistic and realistic drama and explore texts taken from comedy, tragedy and non-naturalistic plays in order to deepen your understanding of the demands of these different styles and how to translate this into effective performance choices.

Images of actors working together on Acting - Text 2

    Course fee


    Concessionary Rate

    £425 (for people in receipt of disability or unemployment benefits)

Course Overview

Through this course you will develop a deeper understanding of the demands of the genres of tragedy, comedy and non-naturalistic drama by working on a small selection of key texts.

Working on a small number of texts you will develop new techniques of working on character, as well as how to act texts with heightened language and physicality (such as comedy and tragedy) and non-naturalistic plays (like Brecht and Beckett). You will work on balancing awareness of self and audience, gaining techniques required for comedy, finding and harnessing performance energy, connecting with universal archetypes, exploring your unconscious and collaborating mindfully within an ensemble. You will also work on unlocking the possibilities of the body, including the voice and imagination.

This course is best suited for students who have completed the short course Acting - An Introduction or Acting - Working with Text at Central, or have some equivalent acting training from elsewhere. 

After this course, you may wish to consider applying for Central’s Advanced Theatre Practice, MA, or move on to a new area of actor training such as Acting - For Camera or Voice for Performance - An Introduction.

What our students said

"This course is one of the best courses I have ever taken. The content and teaching was exceptional and the course exceeded my expectations." - 2017 participant

“I had an amazing experience on this course! All peers and tutors were wonderful and made me feel at home from day one” - 2016 participant

Course Detail

Times: This course takes place over one term on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7.00pm - 9.30pm. Please note places are given on a first come first served basis, we therefore advise applying early to avoid disappointment.

General: Applicants must be confident speaking English to a conversational level (ideally IELTS score of 7.0 or equivalent).

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

Attendance: Due to the structure of the courses, full attendance is required.

Term Dates

Summer 2019

Monday 29 April 2019 – Wednesday 26 June 2019
Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00pm – 9:30pm

(School closed for Bank Holidays on Monday 6 May and Monday 27 May)



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

1. Read through our Terms and Conditions by clicking on the link on the left-hand side of this webpage. 

2. Click on "Apply for Autumn Term" on the left-hand side of this screen and complete the online application.

3. You will then receive an automated email with confirmation of application and your Student ID number.

4. Please then call the office on 0207 559 3960 quoting your Student ID number to make payment of the course fee. Our phone line is open from 9am - 4.30pm,  Monday to Friday. Please note, our office and phone lines will be shut from 1pm on Thursday 20th December 2018 until 9am on Thursday 3rd January 2019.

Please note, to confirm a place, payments must be received in full.


Do I have to audition/apply for an evening course?

All of our evening courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis. No auditions, no need for a lengthy application process and no need to submit a CV/resume. You just need to register and then pay! For further information on how to secure your place, please see the Booking section above.

Who is eligible for the concessionary fee?

Central offers a concessionary rate for some courses and you may be eligible if you can submit proof with your registration form of being an EU citizen in receipt of benefits for unemployment and/or disability within the UK.

Are your courses suitable for complete beginners?

Many of our courses are perfect for complete beginners. Please see the course information above for more details on the amount of experience required for your preferred course.

Can I pay in instalments?

Unfortunately not. We need to receive payment in full to confirm your place on the course.

Can I pay online?

At the present time, we’re only able to accept payment over the phone by credit or debit card or cash in person at our reception. Please see the Booking section above for more details.

How important is it that I’m available for every session?

Very important! Our courses give you the chance to experience conservatoire-style training and as such we take attendance and punctuality very seriously. All of our courses are collaborative in nature and if you’re missing from class it impacts on your fellow students’ learning, as well as your own.

Where does the course take place?

All of our evening short courses take place at our purpose built, main campus at Swiss Cottage. It’s in Zone 2, and right next to Swiss Cottage tube station on the Jubilee Line.

How are the classes’ structured?

All of our courses are interactive and participatory and we hope you’ll arrive ready to get stuck in. In common with our main courses, the evening courses are all about learning by experience – you’ll be up on your feet in a rehearsal room rather than sat still reading a Powerpoint in a classroom.

Expect lots of drama games and exercises as well as working in pairs and trios to implement the new skills you’ll be learning.

Please be aware that by its nature, acting and voice training may be physical and mentally demanding (but also highly rewarding!).

Will there be homework?

Depending on the course you may have some work to do outside of the class. This can vary from learning lines to reading a script to thinking about characterisation. It shouldn’t take up too much of your time but will enhance your learning experience greatly.

Who will my tutor be?

All of our courses are run by professional actors, coaches and directors and as such it may not be possible to confirm the name of your tutor until just before the course begins. Rest assured that we only work with the best of the best – all of our tutors have a background in working as professional actors and directors as well as being fantastic, highly experienced, much sought after teachers!

How many students do you have per class?

This varies by course but it will be a maximum of 20 people in Acting: An Introduction and 16 people for most other evening courses.

What order would you recommend taking your courses in?

If you’re new to acting we would recommend taking out evening short courses in the following order:-

Acting: An Introduction

Acting: Text 1

And then either Acting: For Camera, Acting: Text 2 or Acting: Shakespeare depending on your interests.

Our Voice for Performance and Directing: An Introduction courses can be taken at any point, and the Audition Techniques course is ideal if you’ve got experience and are thinking of auditioning for a Diploma/BA/MA programme.

How often do you run each course?

We run three terms of our evening courses each year – autumn, spring and summer. Dates for the courses we currently have on sale are above but in general the autumn term starts at the beginning of October, the spring term in January and the summer term towards the end of April.

Do you hold Open Evenings for your short Courses? Or offer taster sessions?

Not at the current time. If you would like more information about a course ahead of booking please get in touch with our team.

I’m a bit older – will everyone be 18 years old on your evening courses?

Absolutely not! Our evening courses are open to everybody over the age of 18 with no upper age limit. Whilst we do attract a lot of people in their 20’s and 30’s to our courses, it’s not unusual for us to also have people in 40’s, 50’s and beyond on our courses too. We believe a varied and diverse class of students makes for a much more interesting learning experience so encourage people of all ages to apply.

Do I get a certificate?

As these are short, non-accredited courses, we don’t offer a certificate as standard. We can supply a certificate of attendance, on request, once the course has finished provided that you have attended at least 85% of the course. Please email the Short Courses team to request the certificate with the name you would like on the certificate and the address you would like the hard copy sent to. Please note, it may take up to 4 weeks for your certificate to reach you.

I can no longer attend – can I get a refund?

You can receive a refund up until 2 weeks before a course begins by contacting the Short Courses office. A 15% administration fee will be applied unless you request the refund within two weeks of the date that you made the booking in which case there is no administration fee.

Within two weeks of the course beginning we’re unable to offer any refunds at all.

Within 7 days of the course beginning you’re able to defer your place to the next term. We can only do this once, and only to the following term. If you defer your place, you are unable to then receive a refund at a later date.

Can I have my tutor’s email address?

We’re unable to give out the direct email address for your tutor but we’re happy to pass on an email on your behalf if you send it to the Short Courses team.

Will this course help me get a Spotlight pin?

Unfortunately not – at the present time, Spotlight does not accept part-time, non-accredited courses as a way to get a pin. If you already have a pin, however, you’ll be able to list that you took one of our courses under the Education section.

I have more questions – who can I contact?

Please get in touch with our Short Courses team if you have any further questions.

International Students

Do you accept International Students on the evening courses?

Yes we do, however, you will need to ensure you have the correct visa.

If you are not from an EU or EEA country or Switzerland, you will need to obtain a Visa prior to entry to the UK (if you are a visa national) or upon entry to the UK (if you are a non-visa national). It is each student's responsibility to have the right documentation for study when they arrive at Central.

Please note that you cannot enter the UK on a Visitor's Visa if your primary reason for travel is to study on this course. if you do not have a valid visa you will not be allowed to study at Central.

As our evening courses are classed as part-time, non-accredited short courses they are not eligible for a Tier 4 Student Visa however you may be eligible for a Short Term Study Visa.

Please see this website for more information.