Training Course

F2 Foundation Acting Course

Organisation: Dark Horse

Region: Yorkshire

Artform: Theatre

Welcoming: Learning Disability ; Inclusive/Integrated

Opportunity Summary:

This is a two year formal course requiring attendance on three days each week. The course open is to individuals over the age of 18 years with learning disabilities. A high degree of commitment is required and students pay tuition fees. Graduates of Dark Horse's two year foundation acting course, affiliated to Drama UK Drama School, the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts, have worked in regional and national touring theatre, on television and in film. Acting students develop skills in voice, movement, acting technique; acting for radio and camera, dialects and singing and the course is delivered by theatre tutors and directors to industry standards. Progress is continually assessed via the Company's Actors Scheme competency based system. It is anticipated that residencies at affiliated drama school ALRA (The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) and performance opportunities will be included in the syllabus. Entry to the course is via interview, audition workshop and trial. For further information please contact Lynda Hornsby at Dark Horse Theatre on 01484 484441 or email

Organisation Information:

Dark Horse is a national touring theatre company which premieres new writing. An ensemble of learning disabled actors feature in productions and exceptional non learning disabled actors from the broader industry are also cast in tours. The work is physical and text based, features original composed music and is visually impactful. Appealing to a broad, general and adult audience, the company's work has a reputation for surprise, innovation and the ability to reverse expectation in powerful and challenging ways, exploring stories and ideas which reflect the human condition to an audience. Dark Horse is also a leading vocational trainer of actors with learning disabilities and develops skills in preparation for work in the industry at the highest level. A unique acting methodology featuring 'the silent approach' hand in hand with 'the actor scheme', a competency based system used to develop and evaluate key skills in Stanislavsky based method, offers all Dark Horse actors the opportunity to train viably for work in all performance media.


T: 01484 484 441