Actor Training Programme

Why Peer?

87% of actors from our course who apply to drama school get a place

Our Actor Development Programme, based at South Hill Park Arts Centre, is an one-year, full-time, intensive course for actors, aged 17 - 23 years.

  • Tour to up to 15,000 audience members every year.
  • Study towards a Level 4 Creative Practitioner Diploma.
  • Perform with an award-winning theatre company.
  • Graduates have gone on to study at LAMDA, GSA, LIPA, CSSD, RADA and East 15.

Since 2006, Peer Productions have offered this unique training experience, which combines practical learning opportunities with an accredited qualification, to over 100 young people.

Many alumni have established illustrious careers, with graduates staring in West End shows (The Book of MormonThe Wind In The Willows, Peter Pan goes Wrong), national tours (The Railway Children) and created award winning Edinburgh Fringe productions (Bleach and Ingo's War).

This free course will enable you as an actor to have the opportunity to tour challenging topical plays for young people, to deliver workshops with members of the community and to develop your own creative practice. We actively encourage BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled actors, and value the positive impact that diversity has on our team.

Join us, and make plays change lives.

Course Overview

This is a practical, vocational course designed for young people who want to forge a career in the industry. Alongside studying for a qualification, learners become part of a working theatre company and perform in a range of touring productions and creative lab projects. 

The course is accredited using the RSL Level 4 Creative Practitioner Diploma, a qualification specifically designed for aspiring industry professionals, offering specialist career-focused training for artists, producers and entrepreneurs across the creative industries.

Entry to the programme is based on audition and interview and learners are expected to demonstrate their commitment and  focus on the performing arts from the outset. 

Cohorts are small with no more than 20 learners accepted each year. Each learner is assigned a mentor for the year with whom they meet every six weeks to track individual development and plan next steps.

All the young artists who train with Peer Productions are individual with their own unique strengths, areas for development and ambitions.  As a result no two learners will have the same path through the qualification or learning opportunities offered.  

Creative projects, masterclasses, taught courses and work experience opportunities are all mapped against the RSL Creative Practitioner Diploma informing how the young artist see themselves and how they plan their development as a creative. 

Entry Requirements

Eligibility for the Actor Development Programme:

Candidates must:

  • Be between 17 - 23 years old
  • Have a minimum of GCSE Grade C / Grade 4 in English*  
  • Have a minimum of GCSE Grade C / Grade 4 in Maths*
  • Have not completed a degree

Successful candidates must demonstrate their commitment to a career as a creative practitioner in the performing arts. Entry is based on audition where candidates are asked to prepare two contrasting modern monologues and an optional song. Candidates are then invited to a workshop style audition where they also attend a short interview.

We actively encourage BAME, LGBTQ+ and disabled actors, and value the positive impact that diversity has on our team.

*Or relevant equivalent. If you are not sure whether you are eligible please get in contact with auditions@peerproductions.co.uk.

Our Facilities

Our full time course and office are based at South Hill Park, Bracknell. 

South Hill Park Arts Centre has a number of spaces that we often use for lessons, masterclasses, rehearsals and performances. Regularly we use the well equipped intimate 50 seat Studio Theatre as well as several of the Mansion Rooms and the Dance Studio. 

Our students are often invited to watch visiting productions and apply for part time job opportunities at South Hill Park

Teaching Staff

Rebecca Alloway
Nina Lemon
Lucy Fennell
Katherine Carlton
Polly Bycroft-Brown
Ed Simpson

Getting Here

Getting Here By Car

South Hill Park Arts Centre is in the Birch Hill area of Bracknell. This is about a 7 minute drive from the town centre, just off the A322 Bagshot Road near the Hilton Bracknell Hotel.

It is accessible from both the M3 (Junction 3) and the M4 (Junction 10), and is just 20 minutes from Reading town centre, and 25 minutes from Maidenhead or Slough.

We are well sign posted. Look for the brown road signs saying ‘Arts Centre’ or showing a comedy mask.

Parking

Free Parking is available at South Hill Park for up to 200 cars.

Getting Here Using Public Transport

By Train

Bracknell is well served with trains from London Waterloo, Reading and towns in the surrounding area. The central bus station is just outside the rail station or there is a taxi rank.

For more information and timetables visit the National Rail Enquiries site or call 08457 48 49 50 (24 hours).

By Bus

Bracknell is well served with bus services from Reading, London Victoria and towns in the surrounding area. There is a taxi rank just outside the central bus station.

For further information on local bus services visit the First Group site or call 01344 782222 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Destination: Birch Hill, Sainsburys bus stop.

Peer Productions is A Company Limited by Guarantee & Registered Charity Registered office: 11 Ashwindham Court, St Johns, Woking, GU21 8AW Registered in England and Wales- Company Number: 05898510 A Registered Charity in England and Wales - Charity Number 1151156