Park Theatre Collective 50+ Group Autumn 2023

5 October 2023 - 7 December 2023


What is it?

This weekly in-person course is a wonderful way to explore acting techniques and develop performance skills in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Inspired by writer Jon Bradfield's (ANIMAL, Park Theatre) adult Pantomime scripts and the cabaret/music hall genre, we will be developing and rehearsing a festive, fun, entertaining show full of stories, music and laughter! We will be working from scripts, as well as poems, song lyrics and more to create a festive feast for the senses. This will be shared to an invited audience in the theatre’s Morris Space at 8pm on Thursday 7 December. 


Course Content

Week 1: Intro 
We will begin to get to know each other so that we can build trust and connection, and to become familiar with Jon’s writing and the themes we would like to incorporate into our piece. We will be focusing on comedy, music and storytelling. 

Week 2: Script  
We will be working with Jon’s (very) adult Panto scripts and having lots of fun putting some scenes on their feet, playing with the characters and exploring heightening physicality and vocals to create engaging performances and release inhibitions! 

Week 3 & 4: Other Materials  
We will explore other seasonal stories, poems and songs that we are drawn to and find fun to perform. We will look at how we might present these in a cabaret or music hall style. Participants will be guided in lots of acting exercises to learn and develop performance skills as well as trust and confidence. 

Week 5: Developing
We'll combine our script with the materials worked on in the last two weeks, through exercises and techniques focusing on storytelling as a company. 

Weeks 6-8: Rehearsal
During these three weeks, we will rehearse our piece and focus on attitudes, physicality, active listening and developing on stage presence so that we feel confident to perform, and have fun doing so! 

Week 9: Dress Rehearsal 
This will be our dress rehearsal week in the space. Photos will be taken, and it will be filmed for archive purposes. If you would prefer not to be in photos that is not a problem at all. 

Week 10: Performance  
We will run a Technical Rehearsal before performing to an invited audience in the theatre’s Morris Space at 8pm. This will be a ticketed event, and audience members are welcome to donate to the theatre. 

During one of our early sessions, we will have a relaxed Q&A with writer Jon Bradfield (ANIMALSleeping Beauty Takes a Prick).


Drop-in sessions, or full course?

This is not a drop in course, participants will benefit from attending all the sessions in the course.  

The Creative Learning programmes depend on course fees to run. For this reason, we take payment ahead of the course and fees are non-refundable. 


Waiting List

If the class you wish to attend is appearing as sold out, please email our Creative Engagement Manager, Carys Thomas ([email protected]) to add yourself to the waiting list for future classes. 



Scholarships are available for this course, please email our Creative Engagement Manager, Carys Thomas ([email protected]) for more information.

Photos by Alessandra Davison.






Supported by Tara House Nursery, Park Theatre's Creative Engagement Sponsor.