TEXT STUDY - At The Table

With Simon Naylor


This block will take place over 5 weeks in three hour sessions and is the perfect class to fine-tune your process, develop the use of your imagination in character development, learn to trust your own process and to get yourself back in the room, on text. It will work as a perfect pre-course to our Scene Study sessions.

Since Covid kicked off we have struggled to get sessions back in the classroom - it's impossible to ask actors to remain socially distanced and without concern, whilst asking them to be focussed on the scene and achieving their objectives. So, we've developed new classes to bring you a development of what we've been delivering online.

Over 5 weeks, 6 actors will all work on different texts, each exploring the techniques used to mine a text for information as well as exploring objectives, working with actions and breaking down characters. 

Working in intense detail on just one scene, the course will start with sight reading - bringing a text off the page to deliver a fresh and instant performance. From here into researching the play and the world in which it is set, exploring the characters and then using the techniques of several practitioners, we will get the scene rehearsal ready

At the end of the course, actors should have greater understanding of working on play/TV scripts and have gone some way to cementing their own process. In


PLEASE NOTE: Whereas we fully appreciate that there are some unavoidable situations, we would ask that students only sign up to this course who can FULLY commit to the full 5 weeks. In missing a week, not only will your work suffer, but your absence will have a detrimental effect on your colleagues.



£180 pp

A £50 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your place when booking




6:00 - 9:00pm​

2nd - 30th November


53two Studios

Old Colony House

South King Street


M2 6DQ


We never take on more than 6 students to ensure MAXIMUM contact-time and safe environments for each student & to ensure it's a proper and thorough training, 


Places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unsuccessful, you will be added to the waiting list.


Got a question? Drop us an email! 


All actors on the course must agree to work under the terms outlined in the MAP Code of Conduct.

Click on the link above to register for the course.

reality, certainly in TV, such a process is essential due to the fast-pace at which things move and with fewer stage-acting training courses than ever, it offers a unique look into the processes needed to be ready. The course will mirror the training at established Drama UK schools across the country and provide an individual training for each actor. As such, no actor will be asked to adopt the process of someone else, but instead, mould and craft their own process using what works best for them.

Simon trained in London as an actor before starting training as an acting teacher. Over ten years teaching across the UK, he became head of First Year and the Foundation Course on the BA (Hons) Acting Course at Italia Conti and was 1st and 2nd year acting tutor. During his time, he wrote the Improvisation and Foundation Courses which are still running today. As an actor, Simon has worked on Television, in Film and on stage including UK Tours and in the West End. Simon is now Artistic Director of arts charity and theatre 53two and a director with MAP Productions. 

COVID SAFE? This class takes place inside at 53two studios. Lessons will be seated at a table, with no more than 6 students, all 1.5m apart. Travelling to the classes will require wearing a mask and we will ask all attending to 'check in' on our Track and Trace system. In the later weeks, if presentations are required, the presenting student will be at least 3m from any other students. 

Hand sanitiser and wipes will be in the studio at all times. For full details on the changes we have made at the studios to protect you and ourselves, please head to our Covid Guidelines. Every person in the studios will be asked to confirm they have read these guidelines and will operate within them.