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Acting For Absolute Beginners

Acting For Absolute Beginners

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Simon Bowen


This course will introduce you to the basics of acting. A hands-on practical approach will get the creative juices flowing and explore new and inventive ways to make you the next De Niro or Streep or, just as importantly, to self development. We will have lots of laughter, excitement and fun. If you think 'I wouldn't have the talent' but your instincts tell you differently, this is the course for you.

Topics covered include:

  • theatre games/exercises
  • improvisation
  • exploring character development
  • bringing a scene to life through solo and group work

This course is a great way to meet new people, explore new ways to communicate and develop new skills that you can use in life.

Entry requirement: None

Level: Beginners

Tutor: The tutor on this course changes depending on the course dates. Tutors’ biographies are provided below. If you need to know which tutor is teaching a specific course, please contact us at Short Course Enquiries.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Simon Bowen began acting at the National Youth Theatre where he appeared in leading roles alongside Rupert Penry-Jones, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Jessica Stevenson and Chiwetel Ejiofor. After training as a professional actor, he went on to work at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre in 'Renegades' by Catherine Johnson (writer of 'Mamma Mia'), at The National Theatre in 'Chips With Everything' directed by Howard Davies, and at Hampstead Theatre in Glyn Cannon's 'The Kiss'. He has also worked extensively on screen, and his appearances include 'Fever Pitch' by Nick Hornby, 'Our Boy': a BBC Film by Tony Grounds starring Ray Winstone, 'Without Motive' on ITV, 'Casualty' and 'Down to Earth' on BBC One and 'The Secret World of Michael Fry' by Paul Abbott on Channel 4 Simon is also a writer, and his credits include 'From London With Love' (starring Claire Rushbrook and Philip Glenister) which he wrote for BBC Radio 4 in the week of the Litvinenko spy affair, and his play 'Free' which was produced in The Loft at The National Theatre, and directed by Thea Sharrock.


You should buy and read the following book in preparation for the course:

  • The Memory of Water (Student Edition) Paperback  – 30 Oct 2008 by Shelagh Stephenson   (Author), Steve Lewis (Editor)

Please ensure that you are wearing comfortable clothes that you can move easily in.

Available dates