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Foundations Acting School
Saturdays 10am-1pm (LAMDA students 9:15am-9:45am)
Venue: Caversham Centre
Venue Info
£185 per term for ages 8-18 (Scholarships Available)

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.

From 1.15pm, many students choose to train for LAMDA exams.

For information and to enrol for a free trial, click the enrol now button.

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

In the Autumn term, following a thorough risk assessment, we will be back in the Caversham Centre. There will be lots of logistics to chat through, but overall we’re really excited to be back in person. We’re thrilled with the structure of the year that we’ve arranged, so hope that you are all too.

The first session of the term, as ever, is Bring a Friend Saturday, so please do so if you can. If your friend signs up, you get a complimentary ticket to The Last Abbot.

Autumn term 2020:

19th Sept – 5th Dec
Half term – 24th & 31st Oct

Foundations Devised Christmas Show performance: Sat 5th Dec (Covid allowing).

Spring term 2021:

9th Jan – 27th March
Half term – 13th & 20th Feb

Summer term 2021:

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


RABBLE Theatre offers two scholarships per year, one to a GUOS student and one to a RABBLE Foundations student who shows exceptional promise. Scholarship students receive a 50% reduction in fees for a year (includes Autumn, Spring and Summer classes).

If you wish to be considered, please state so on your enrolment form. Scholarship auditions will be offered at the first session of the Autumn term. You will not have to do anything extra but will be assessed during the session and will have a short interview with the Principle. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of RABBLE Theatre. Students will be expected to maintain excellent attendance and show commitment to the course. There is no cash equivalent.


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.