Yat/bentley actor training
Everything is movement. 

“Like playing a piano, actors should use every note and chord available in their being, not just the notes they've learned early on and know will continue to serve them admirably.”

Tom Bentley-Fisher


This class provides tools for actors to create character through movement and welcomes actors to move beyond their comfort zone and create a physicality very different to their own. Incorporating text, actors will create a unique character through physicality (weight, space, time and flow) in various combinations. This class is  a platform from which to break being type-cast. Created by Yat Malmgren co-founder of Drama Centre London, this technique is widely used by actors such as Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Anthony Hopkins. 


Beginners 7-9:30pm (10 weeks £120) 

For early career students with no experience of the Yat Method – please enquire- 

20, 27 January

3, 10, 17, 24 February

2, 9, 16, 23 March


Intermediate 7-9:30pm (10 weeks £120) 

For students with some experience of the Yat Method either in my classes or for those who have worked with other Yat teachers – please enquire if you feel this class may be more suitable-

22, 29 January

5, 12, 19, 26 February

4, 11, 18, 25 March 

September 2019 - June 2020


Lavinia Hollands is the UK Instructor of the Yat Bentley Centre for Performance, San Francisco. She is offering evening acting training for actors, writers, directors, and performers of all types in Exeter. Whether early, mid or professional career, this dynamic program is geared to bring out the unexpected and visionary in us all. Students are trained in the following areas that are fundamental to Yat/Bentley Method:​

• Action and Effort

• The 4 Mental Factors

• The 4 Motion Factors

• The 8 Working Actions

• The 6 Inner Attitudes (Character Types)

• The 4 Externalized Drives.

• The Confluence of Externalized Drives.

• Scenarios for all Inner Attitude types

Stanislavski Fundamentals
Saturday sessions
new from January 2020

Focused on Stanislavski’s approach to acting in his later years and a

springboard for Yat’s work and most actor training techniques. Students

will focus on:

Method of Physical Actions

Active Analysis


Emotion Memory



Saturdays: Actor Training 10am-2pm (£35) / session

25th January ‘Approaching Text’ – how do I approach a new text? 


22nd February ‘Scene Study One’ – how do I approach a scene? 


28th March ‘Scene Study Two’ – skills for actors to develop confidence, finding independence from the director

Spring sessions tba 


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