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“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

Yat method

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. 

September 2019 - June 2020


Lavinia Hollands is the UK Instructor of the Yat Bentley Centre for Performance, San Francisco. She is offering unique evening acting training for actors, writers, directors, and performers of all types in Exeter thisSeptember. 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’s work:​

• 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

Wednesdays from 18th September - 4th December 2019  

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

• Imagination

• Emotion Memory

• Objectives/Intentions

• Relaxation

Saturdays October - December 2019 (please enquire about dates/times) 

Drama School Audition Technique

You will learn one Contemporary and one Shakespeare monologue to high standard. You will be expected to come prepared to the workshop and ready to push yourself. Please get in touch if you need any help choosing suitable monologues. 

Saturday mornings from September (please enquire) 

Cygnet Theatre Exeter