Part Time Performance Course


The part time performance course is aimed at those who have had some training and would like to enhance their  performance skills. At the end of the year you will be in a professional production to a paying audience. The focus is very much on professionalism. We have some of the finest teachers in the area and our standards are extremely high.


The focus is on honing your existing skills and aiming to present you as a bona fide actor. There is a strong ethos of professionalism. Consequently, there is an understanding that you will invest and commit to this vocationally structured course.


Acting - At the beginning of the course you will study a scene from a contemporary play in order to sharpen up your skills. The classes then move on into rehearsals and stagecraft.

Voice and Movement - These classes will focus on performing with a comprehensive understanding of how the physicalisation of a character affects the voice.

Vocal Stagecraft - Every word that an actor delivers must be understood by every member of the audience no matter where the actor is on stage. These classes look at the skill, techniques and practice of delivering text clearly.

Improvisation - Improvisation develops an actor's spontaneity and responsivity; it teaches us to perform 'in the moment' and it reminds us that character and story are created not just by the words an actor speaks but by everything they do on stage.  Improvisation is also playful, creative and extremely good fun.


If you have previously graduated from the Bristol Acting Academy year 1 course, you don’t need to audition. Other students will need to audition. 

The minimum age for eligibility is 17. 

You will need to prepare two contrasting pieces lasting not more than 2 minutes each. One should be Shakespeare and the other a modern speech written after 1960. The audition will last for 15 minutes during which time you will be asked to perform your two speeches and there will then be a short interview. We may re direct your speeches. You will be informed of the result as soon as possible. We cannot enter into any discussion as to the result. 

The audition fee is £25

Cheques should be made payable to Gary Owston and posted to 65 Trymside, Bristol, BS9 2HD.

or send via BACS to: 

Santander - Name: Gary Owston; Account number: 51870338; Sort code: 09-01-28


This course runs from October to May. There are 3 terms: 2 X 8 weeks and 1 X 6 weeks. We meet for one night per week on Mondays from 7.30 to 9.30. There are 2 Saturdays per term 2 - 6. In the weeks prior to the performance there are more concentrated rehearsals.  Dates and times will be confirmed on the course but maximum attendance is encouraged to ensure a professional performance to a paying audience.

This course does not attract any funding. Students are expected to pay the fees in advance and also to provide for their subsistence expenses. Refunds are awarded only in very exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the management.



“I have since gone on to complete a masters in acting, and can confidently say the showcase course with Bristol Acting Academy is the most important training I have ever had.  Whether you’re just starting out, or are looking for something to sharpen the tools, this course taught by Gary Owston is perfect, with constant tasks to work towards, gaining experience in classic and contemporary work, stage and screen, voiceover, musical theatre etc, this course was honestly priceless for my progression” 

Oliver Kensit