Current Courses Dates

September 22nd  – The Great Ten Day

October 6th and 7th October – Writing for Comedy with Jan Etherington

October 7th – Actors’ Workshop with Theatre Foundry 

Full details on each course below.





10 writers will have 10 minutes of their new script read by professional actors followed by feed back.

 When: Saturday September 22nd. (Sunday will be added if event oversubscribed.)

Where: The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8BY

Time: 9.00am – 6.00pm You will be allocated a time slot for your extract

Cost: £10 per person. Limited places

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  • Please bring a reasonable number of scripts for the actors plus 1 extra.
  • Include a cast list with the characters’ age, gender, accent, class, traits
  • A brief (max 5 sentence) synopsis of the play
  • A brief (max 5 sentence) resume of where we are in the play


Writing for Comedy with Jan Etherington –  Award winning comedy writer, journalist, broadcaster


Come and learn how a hit comedy is born, from the award-winning creator of Second Thoughts, Next of Kin, Faith in the Future, Duck Patrol and many more.

‘As every agent knows, it’s not just about having great ideas, but about making those ideas work on the page. Jan offers a wealth of practical advice that should be of interest to any budding comedy writer’      Gary Wild – comedy writers’ agent

When: Saturday October 6th  and  Sunday October 7th

Where: The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8BY

Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Food: Lunch, drinks and snacks provided. Please advise on special dietary requirements.

Cost: £100 per person. Limited places.**

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The award-winning husband and wife team of Jan Etherington & Gavin Petrie have written many successful and long running sit coms including: Second Thoughts, Next of Kin, The change and Duck Patrol. Conversations from a long marriage, Jan’s new comedy for BBC Radio 4 aired on New Year’s Day, 2018, starring Joanna Lumley & Roger Allam has now been commissioned by BBC television.

Jan contributes to a number of BBC Radio 4 sketch shows including sketches for Pam Ayres on the Radio 4 series ‘Ayres on the Air’. She has also ‘appeared’ on Woman’s Hour and Newsnight. Jan has also had numerous plays performed at the INK festival and most weeks writes for the Daily Express, Daily Telegraph and Suffolk magazine. Jan lives on the Suffolk coast, with husband, Gavin and English Setter, Jagger and is an all year-round wild swimmer in the North Sea.


Read about Jan and here involvement with INK here.


Actors’ Workshop with Theatre Foundry

Skills building workshops for professionals with Louise Amos & Helen Tennison


11.30- 2.30              Voice Over Skills – Getting Started!

An introduction to voice-over work for actors. Learn how to work with a range of scripts, develop the voice skills you need and how to get started as a voice-over artist.  Louise will introduce you to the different areas of voice-over, work with you on a range of real v/o scripts and basic mic technique for Commercial, Corporate & Narration work.  We will also spend a bit of time at the end getting practical, from putting a commercial voice reel together to approaching an agent.

3.30-6.30                Ways Into Devising

The key to devising is trusting your inner voice and allowing all those ideas to flow freely without judgment! The session will focus on facilitating your unique creative voice before moving into ensemble work. Using physical techniques Helen has developed over her years as a practitioner and applying Anne Bogarts Viewpoints. Wear clothes that you can move in 


When: Sunday 7th October

Where: The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 8BY

Time: 11.30 am- 6.30pm

Food: Tea and coffee provided. Bring lunch

Cost: £50 per person. Limited to 12 places

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Helen Tennison – As a freelance director Helen’s work spans site specific theatre, devising, physical theatre new writing and classics. Experience includes work for Oxford Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, Belgrade Theatre, Arcola, Dommolhof (Belgium), Sprint Festival, Bermuda Festival and Women at RADA.  Helen directs regularly for Creation Theatre and Midsummer Scene Shakespeare Festival, Croatia. From 2015-2017 Helen Tennison ran the Drama Studio London Two Year Acting Course and short courses. From 1997-2001 Helen was Artistic Director of Barefeat Physical Theatre, touring small-mid scale venues and festivals with devised theatre. More info:

Louise Amos – Louise is a professional actress, voice-over artist (represented by Squawk Voices), director and teacher. She is also Artistic Director of the BA Professional Acting course at Drama Studio, London. Louise is currently recording the audio books Usbornes’ Guide to Being an Astronaut and 15 Minutes by Erinna Mettler. Louise is a specialist teacher in Uta Hagen technique, having trained in New York at the Hagen Institute, and a Shakespeare specialist teacher /director, with a Masters in Shakespeare and Theatre from The Shakespeare Institute. Theatre credits include, Glory Days (Angie) Pleasance, Edinburgh, The Miss Julie (Miss Julie) UK Tour. Directing credits include, CymbelineKing Lear & Macbeth for Drama Studio London, Here Comes the Bride (National Theatre Studio), The Bird (Napo, Thailand),  Me, Myself & I– Refugee/storytelling project – London Borough of Newham.   More info: