Become a Rabble Rouser

Foundations Acting School
RABBLE Foundations Acting School
Saturdays 10am-1pm
Venue: Milestone Centre
Venue Info
£185 per term (10 weeks) for ages 8-18
To request a free trial, click the Enrol Now button and we'll contact you with details of the next available date. Enrolling does not commit you to joining for the whole term.

In-depth theatre training for students aged 8-18, who love acting. Run by RABBLE’s professional actors, directors, stage combat specialists and more.

Foundations Acting School runs on Saturday mornings from 10am-1pm for students aged between 8-18.

Free trial sessions are available throughout the term. To join us for a free trial click the Enrol Now button and we’ll contact you with details of the next available dates. Enrolling does not commit you to joining for the whole term.

The course focuses on 3 areas:


Classes in Stage Combat and Movement will offer new skills and professional qualifications. Students will study Stage Combat and have the opportunity to take an exam with the Academy of Performance Combat giving them a professional qualification recognised by Equity.


Students will learn to create characters and explore text for performance. They will work on monologues, duologues and scenes for performance as part of the end of term showcase. They will also have the option of taking a group LAMDA acting exam performing the scenes they have created and getting a qualification in acting.


Devising and improvisation lessons will give students outstanding new skills and confidence. Students will work with a professional improvisation teacher to create scenes and sketches. Performance opportunities at improv nights will offer students the chance to share their new skills and develop confidence.

Term Dates


This term at Foundations we’ll be focusing on discovering Reading’s most incredible stories! We’ll be researching true tales from around the town and devising the stories to bring them back to life, discovering some weird and wonderful characters along the way.

At the end of term, we’ll be sharing our work to parents and friends inside Reading Abbey, on the stage of The Last Abbot of Reading!

Summer term 2021:

24th April – 3rd July
Half term break – 29th May

Summer venue:  Milestone Centre, Northbrook Rd, Reading RG4 6PF

Autumn term 2021:

18th September – 29th November
Half term break – 23rd & 30th October

Hardship scholarship


If you are thinking I’d love to experience that, but you need help with some, or all of the feees, then why not apply to the RABBLE Hardship Fund. The aim of the Hardship 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


The team

Seamus Allen


Seamus is an Actor, Director, Dramaturge and Acting Coach. He trained in Dublin at the Conservatory of Music and Drama. As an actor he has toured extensively throughout England and Ireland, working in Irish Classics, devised clown theatre, children’s theatre and open air Shakespeare.

Seamus still performs as a comedy Improviser, having been mentored by Ken Campbell, and is a core member of the annual London 50 hour Improvathon. Currently he runs the only Improvisation comedy club in Reading, “What’s the Game?! Improv”, hosting shows as well as coaching professional performers.

Seamus works as a director of plays and musicals and is director of The Young Company at the Watermill theatre in Newbury, and has developed advanced actor training programmes for Stagecoach Performing Arts, and Best school of acting , for which he still tutors.

Mark Middleton


Mark graduated as a Stage Combat Instructor in 2012 with the Academy of Performance Combat, one of three organisations professionally recognised by Equity. Since then he has Choreographed and Fight Directed a number of shows including Princess Mononoke for Whole Hog Theatre Company and Romeo & Juliet, Henry I for RBL along with Dani Davies.

Mark teaches regularly for West End Workshops, and has taught exam courses at Northampton University and Oxford School of Drama. He also teaches on the Freelance Workshops Residential Summer Course and workshop days and courses for numerous Professional and Amateur Schools and Societies.

Toby Davies

For RABBLE/RBL: Thomas Becket in Henry II, Henry I in Henry I of England, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Andy in Off the Block 2015.

Training: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (Acting) & St Andrews University (English lit.)

Other Theatre: includes 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.

Film and TV includes: 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.