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Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London and Online

City Lit offers performing arts courses in the heart of Covent Garden in Central London during the evening, daytime and at weekends. Explore our range of subjects including acting(including accredited acting courses)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic theory and history

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning .

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist advisor to help you choose the right level. If you would you like some help or advice:

For music courses email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email drama@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. Acting: scenework
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Develop your acting skills in this fun and stimulating workshop. Develop your technique as you explore text and a range of exercises designed to help you create an authentic and truthful performance.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  2. Acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  3. Screen acting: advanced
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Grant
    This is a practical and intensive screen acting course, designed for students to learn how to create characters and be at their best when working within difficult and pressurised circumstances. Ideal for those who have previously studied screen acting and are planning to make the leap into finding work. Also for those who have already broken into the industry but want to make sure they’re at their best when on set.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00
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    99% of 100
  4. Radio presenting: beginners (online)
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Allis Moss
    What makes a good radio presenter? From getting the script off the page and ad-libbing to music presenting and news reading, develop an on-air identity, working as live ‘on mic’ each week. This course will be online and supported by a media technician.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00
  5. Debating: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    Debating requires the ability to speak English persuasively in public and, crucially, to respond rapidly to other people’s objections to what you say. We will cover the theory and practice of debating, and you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style. A great mental workout. This course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  6. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giles Abbott
    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech through relaxation, stance, breath capacity/control, articulation, forward placing and expression. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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    100% of 100
  7. Narration skills
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dian Perry
    A fun and intensive course about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice! The course will be delivered online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £139.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Acting for fun
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    An acting class purely for the joy of it! This course is suitable for complete beginners, those with a little experience, and anyone wanting to enjoy acting exercises and scenes in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Gain confidence, make friends, develop new skills and have fun. There will be fresh material and new scenes to explore every term.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  9. The holistic voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Your voice should be an extension of your character. This Sunday workshop offers accessible and empowering mind-body techniques to deepen your awareness and holistic connection to your voice so that the message you give out is true to your intention.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  10. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Richard Hollingworth
    Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? Explore vocal skills and techniques required in these areas and identify what style works for you. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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    100% of 100
  11. Improvisation
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Phoenix
    Enrich and develop your skills in this improvisation course. Working in a safe and supportive atmosphere, you will learn and practice the key techniques needed for performing effective improvisations.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
  12. Introduction to acting
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gemma Kerr
    A fun one day intensive encounter with the acting process. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. Voice technique: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    This course will support your extended vocal development with a focus on resonance, tonality and pitch. Open to those who have completed at least one voice course previously as well as professionals looking to refresh their skills. This course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  14. Acting for wellbeing
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Increase your physical and emotional well-being through playful and fun acting exercises. Connect, take notice, be active, learn new skills, become more present and engaged with others using tools drawn from actor training.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  15. Screen acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Stephen Billington
    Build your confidence and strengthen your camera technique in this improvers class. Work towards creating more truthful performances on camera. You must have completed 'Screen acting for beginners' or an equivalent course elsewhere.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100

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