Get Up On Stage

Get Up On Stage is our supportive, high-quality and fun acting school for adults. You will work with RABBLE’s professional directors, fight choreographers, voice specialists and actors, learning about the skills needed in theatre.

Mondays – 7pm-9:30pm

@ The Abbey School, Kendrick Rd, Reading

Venue Info

£15 per week (payable termly).

Performance fee: £30 (only payable by those taking part in the end-of-term show).

For ages 18-80

A place of friendship, learning, self-confidence, expression and community.

GUOS is a community of adults who wish to learn about theatre and the associated skills that it offers. It is a safe space where people of all abilities work together to create memorable, life-affirming, cultural projects. Attendees are aged 18 – 81, with backgrounds from across the globe and a range of financial positions.

We aim to create a space for fun learning, where mothers, fathers, grandparents, students and professionals work together on aspects of theatre that they could not otherwise access. Stanislavski’s emotional memory, Laban, Le Coq, Devising, writing, storytelling, directing, stand up, spoken word poetry, audiobook recording, self-taping, movement, devising, stage combat and technical theatre are taught by highly-qualified, professional theatre practitioners, led by a regular core team.

The company of adults are a vital part of the development of our professional productions, from seed idea all the way to performance. GUOS research, develop and devise the content of our professional large-scale history plays, working with our professional writers and directors. This work informs the professional work, giving them a real sense of autonomy over the productions. They are then offered the opportunity to get involved in the final professional performances. in 2021 we had a community chorus of 13 monks and nuns, all made up of Get Up On Stage Members.

GUOS is an integral part of the RABBLE employment pipeline. In 2021, 6 students graduated to top UK drama schools, whilst one other went straight into the profession. At every production, GUOS students are given the opportunity to audition for paid on stage RABBLE internships, at which they’re allocated a professional mentor, fully integrated into the professional company and given smaller speaking roles in the production.

Summer Term at Get up on Stage

Our Summer Term at Get Up On Stage will focus on Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Get your Bottoms ready as we dive into text work, scene study and some animalistic movement work!

Students will develop skills in delivering his rich language, adapting to the physicality of Shakespeare’s sensational characters.

GUOS allows for all levels of skill, ability and confidence. Whether you’re new to acting or preparing for drama school, we can make it work for you. Just drop us a line if you’ve anything you’d like to discuss.

 

Term Dates

Autumn Term 2023:

18th September – 11th December

Half term break – 23rd Oct

Performance date TBC

RABBLE Access Fund

Want to get involved but don't have the funds?

If you are thinking I’d love to experience that, but you need help with some or all of the fees, then why not apply to the RABBLE Access Fund? The aim of the Access Fund is to make sure that everyone can access our work. You may want to send your child to our Saturday School, or you yourself might fancy a term of Get Up On Stage. Perhaps you want your community group or school to come to a production. Whatever it is, you can apply to us and we’ll see if we can help. You can apply for 50% of 100% of the cost of your ticket(s)/fees.

To apply, either send us a video or write us an email, explaining who you are, why you want to attend and a little about your situation. Don’t worry, all your information is completely confidential and the benefactors are never revealed (unless they really want to be).

If you are interested in applying to the fund for all or part of your fees, please state so on your enrolment form. There is no cash equivalent.

“My entire education – school, a year abroad, university and drama school – was funded through bursaries, so it feels pretty amazing to now be involved in a charity that’s enabling others to gain skills and get more involved with the community.” Toby Davies, RABBLE Theatre’s Artistic Director

“What RABBLE are doing for the community is so so sick. GUOS is supporting all sorts of people to get involved in the arts here in Reading.”

Caleb Obediah – Bridgerton

George Prove

George came to RABBLE having studied English at Edinburgh University. Unable to get into drama school, he came to us for advice and professional experience. At RABBLE’s Get Up On Stage, George benefited from workshops with 3 professional tutors, focusing on Movement, Acting Technique and Script Work, alongside sessions on devising and vocal technique. One year later, George successfully acquired a place at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

“I just wanted to get in touch to let you know I’ve been offered a place on the MA Acting course at RCS in Glasgow and wanted to thank you for all your support over the last few years.

“GUOS has been a real pleasure to attend, especially with how the world has been. I’ve absolutely loved getting to know everyone at the weekly sessions and have been very grateful for the creative outlet, so thank you!

“Please do also pass my thanks on to Ameer and Sabs for all their work and guidance!”

George Prove, former GUOS member

George Prove

Charlie came to us in 2019 looking for advice on how to move away from a traditional career and into the world of professional acting. He joined Get Up On Stage, RABBLE’s adult acting school and worked with us to develop a number of techniques vital for the career, such as devising, vocal technique, audition technique and improvising. As part of GUOS, students are offered the opportunity to audition for our actor intern programme, supported, if needs be, by the RABBLE access fund.

Charlie was successful in his audition and was awarded a small role in 2021’s The Last Abbot of Reading, directed by Jonathan Humphreys. He was allocated a mentor who worked with him to prepare for his drama school auditions, improve his acting technique and develop his understanding of the industry. His mentor also worked with him on his audition speeches.

Charlie auditioned for Drama School soon after the internship and spoke extensively about his experiences with RABBLE. He acquired a place at the highly-regarded East 15 Drama School for the MA Acting course, graduating in August 2022. Since then he has formed Hypok Theatre and is developing a new play called Treading Water for the London Waterloo Vaults Festival.

“For me, the most incredible part of it was being given the opportunity to work with a professional theatre company on a live production. It gave me a more holistic sense of what the world of theatre entails; so often we become bogged down in what’s going on on-stage and it was brilliant to be reminded of all the other components that go into making a wonderful show in real-time. We got to have a go at altering costumes, painting the set and then, once the show opened, helping backstage. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I will treasure it forever.”

Charlie Lloyd, GUOS work experience participant

Meet The Team

Ameer Choudrie

Ameer is a professional actor and acting teacher. Ameer has an MA in Applied Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama having previously trained as an actor at Guildford School of Acting (GSA Conservatoire) completing his degree at The University of Hull. He is also a Qualified Teacher having studied on the graduate teacher training programme at The University of Reading.

Ameer has held roles as a Visiting Lecturer and Outreach facilitator for RADA, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and RABBLE Theatre Company. As of 2020, he is the new Acting for Stage and Screen BA Course Leader at PPA, Guildford.

As a performer, Ameer has worked in theatre, television and film. Highlights on the credit list would be working on “London Road” the feature film directed by Rufus Norris, that transferred from the National Theatre. He works regularly as a freelance facilitator for the NYT and the Old Vic as well as leading Unconscious Bias Training Sessions for TALAWA.

Sabina Netherclift

Sabina is a teacher, director, movement director and actor. She trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She runs Filament Theatre with composer Osnat Schmool, creating work which fuses multi-part vocal performance with devised physical performance. As a director/movement director she has worked with Redcape Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, London Bubble and for Voices Now at the Roundhouse, London amongst others. She teaches mask, mime and movement skills at Guildford School of Acting and has run workshops and lead projects for a wide variety of organisations including Opera North, ENO Baylis, Royal Opera House Education, Turtle Key Arts (particularly leading workshops for children and adults with ASC), Central, Arts Ed, Mountview, Birmingham School of Acting. She is External Examiner for the Acting and Contemporary Theatre Course at East 15.

Toby Davies

Toby Davies is RABBLE’s Artistic Director and has appeared as Thomas Becket in Henry II, Henry I in Henry I of England, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Andy in Off the Block 2015.

He trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (Acting) & St Andrews University (English lit.)

Toby’s other theatre credits include Raife Clutch in The Great British Bump Off, Hexagon; Macduff in Macbeth China Plat/Warwick Theatre tour; Giles Ralston in The Mousetrap West End; Alphabetical Order Bath Theatre Royal tour; Balmoral Hampstead Theatre tour, Stepan in The Department of Smelling Pistakes Publick Transport/Tobacco Factory tour; The Guard in Frozen Fresh Glory tour; The Draper in Moll Flanders Southwark Playhouse.

Toby’s Film and TV credits include The Firm Nick Love; The Bent Penny Darrel J. Butlin; Return as Faulty Leftheris Eleftheriou; King to Castle Rahdy Elwan; Lab Rats Sam Washington. Le Creuset & Sky TV commercials.

Timothy Allsop

Timothy Allsop is a writer, director and actor. After studying History at Balliol College, Oxford, Tim trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also holds an MA in Creative Fiction from Royal Holloway.

His plays include Open (co-written with Chris Adams) The Stars Are Brighter Here (UK tour), and fiction work including The Smog, along with various short story publications.

His short films include Everything Just So and Queer Rural Connections, a documentary film exploring LGBTQ+ experiences in rural and isolated parts of the UK. The project also included a tour of his play The Stars Are Brighter Here and an oral history project.

He is keen on stories which explore LGBTQ+ and class, anything mystery or thriller based and dark comedy. He is currently developing several short narrative films.

Marcus Bazley

Marcus Bazley

Marcus is a director, practitioner, and dramaturg. His productions have been performed in venues across the UK, including Cast in Doncaster, MAST, Lighthouse Poole and Farnham Maltings. As Artistic Director of Cyphers Theatre Company, he has directed Henry V, Great Expectations, The Three Musketeers, Northanger Abbey and Orlando. He is Associate Director at Sheepish Productions and an Associate Artist at Proteus Theatre Company. Marcus has worked as a Staff Director for West End In Schools, and as an Assistant Director at Wiltshire Creative and Guildford Shakespeare Company. For many years, Marcus worked in artist development for the Barbican Centre, working on projects with Cheek By Jowl, Complicite and the RSC. As a workshop leader, he has worked in universities across the country, including King’s College London, University College London and Durham University.

Help an adult Get Up On Stage

We work with people from all over Reading, many of whom are restricted financially. Help a local adult join us here at Get Up On Stage.