AKT - Act Kids Theatre - Brighton & Hove

Saturday and after school classes in Drama and Acting for children and young people. All classes taught by our enthusiastic and industry experienced tutors who are all CRB checked. Classes take place in our professionally equipped studio spaces.

Established in 1997 ACT is the only Drama School on the South Coast offering professional actor training. We bring the same ethos and expertise from our Adult Actor Training to our Youth Theatre.

As well as developing confidence and the ability to work as part of a team students studying drama have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding in creative problem solving, communication, self discipline, tolerance and empathy.

Drama allows children to be active learners and engage and experience a vast range of ideas and situations in a non-competitive and encouraging environment. Drama can give children an outlet for emotions, thoughts and dreams that they might not otherwise have a means to express.

At the end of each term, parents are invited in to see the work that the children have been doing. We believe that the real benefit of drama for children is in the exploration and development of the work - but performance is also a big part of drama - as well as a fun and exciting platform to demonstrate your skills. So end of term showings are geared towards 'work in progress' in a safe and supportive atmosphere. All students are given equal stage time and we embrace diversity in terms of ability and experience.


These are practical classes that develop a range of communicative and interactive skills as well as self awareness and self discipline. Any children's Drama School, course or class will advertise and praise the benefits of Drama - and it is true Drama can be hugely beneficial for children. However there is a world of difference between running around and playing a few games and a structured well balanced programme of activities that develop skills in a positive and safe environment and then allows for those skills to be put into practise.

Drawing on our professional and educative expertise we have developed a programme that utilizes the work not only of great acting practitioners like Stanislavski, Michael Chekhov and Augusto Boal but also children's drama specialists like Viola Spolin, Dorothy Heathcoat and Gavin Bolton. Mixing the methodology of these tried and tested practitioners with the practical experience of our acting tutors means that our courses have both a solid educative core as well as being full of fun, adventure and discovery.

"Every child is brilliant in his or her own way. Theater Games motivate children to think in new ways and move in new directions to explore their relation to each other, themselves and their environment. Playing theater games helps to draw out the natural intelligence and humor inherent in each student, creating opportunities to explore their unique abilities and explore their own treasure house of creativity." The Spolin Centre

Enrolling now....

To join AKT you will need to attend a taster session. If we have places available we will book you in and you will need to pay in advance for that session. If all is well you will be invited to join and fees will be payable on a termly basis. It is possible to join mid term depending on what the students are working on.

Please contact us to book a taster session.

Email: akt@actbrighton.org
Online: Book A Taster Form
Phone: 01273 818266.

Classes take place during school term times

On Saturdays at:
ACT Brighton 8-10 Rock place, Brighton BN2 1PF

12 weeks per term - 3 terms per year

Brighton - Saturdays

Minis 6-8 Years

9.30am - 10.15am

£6.00 per week

£72.00 a term.

Juniors 9-11 Years

10.30am - 12.00pm

£10.50 per week

£126.00 a term.

Seniors 12+ Years

12.30pm - 3.30pm

£17.50 per week

£210.00 a term.

Youth 15+ Years

12:30pm - 3:30pm

£17.50 per week

£210.00 a term.

Fees are payable each term in advance or in two equal instalments - one prior to the start of term and one prior to the start of half term. Students are liable for the full fees each term and no refunds will be given for missed classes. Fees for Taster sessions are for one class. Students joining mid-term will be liable only for the weeks remaining of that term.

Weekly payments are possible by prior arrangement with the Finance Officer and are awarded on an individual case basis depending on personal circumstances. Please contact the office for details.

Stretching mind, body, voice & imagination

Minis 6-8 years

Using movement, speech & song to develop language & performance through story-telling & play.

Juniors 9-11yrs

From Spidey to Hermione, Disney Princesses to Superheroes Improvising & Devising to create & perform Myths & Legends inspired by the children's own favourite characters.

Seniors 12+ years

Voice, Movement & Acting Technique classes designed to harness & develop young talent in an encouraging, supportive & creative environment.

ACT Youth Theatre 15+ years

The youth theatre are our oldest group and operate very much as a theatre company. As well as classes they work on a production each term for either in-house presentation or in a public venue. ACT Youth Theatre has successfully participated in several National Theatre New Connections as well as the Brighton Fringe Festival.

Youth Members can also enrol for the prestigious Trinity Guildhall Speech & Drama exams (tuition & exam fees available on request) at Grade 6-9 which also carry UCAS points. ACT is a registered Trinity Guildhall Examination Centre.

Anyone may enrol throughout the year to join ACT Youth: however for specific productions or projects (such as when participating in the official Brighton Festival or National Theatre Connections project) application to join the Youth Theatre is by Audition only. Productions and projects will incur additional costs and a binding commitment to the rehearsal and performance schedule for students. Auditions are open to members and non-members of ACT Youth Theatre. For any members not wishing to take part in the productions or projects, classes will take place alongside these as normal. Please contact the office for details.

Trinity Exams

ACT is a registered Trinity Examination Centre and AKT students can enrol on Trinity exams from Grades 1 to 9. Trinity College London is a leading international examinations board. For ACT Youth Students taking Grades 6-9 there is the added bonus that these grades attract UCAS points.

Each year there is an examination term where students can opt to take the exams or not (exam fees apply) or students can arrange for extracurricular classes (fees apply).

Latest News:

We have a few places available in each group - book your taster session now using this link: Taster Session.

Spring: 8th January - 2nd April (Half Term 19th February, no class).
Summer: 30th April - 23rd July (Half Term 4th June, no class).

OR enrol on our Summer School for teens and young adults aged 12 - 17yrs:

Senior Summer School 2022

Make A Film In A Week - 25th - 29th July 2022

'Incubus' Trailer 2017

This film was made during AKT's - Make a Film in 4 Days course which ran during Easter 2017. The film was written by two of the students George Pilsworth and William Davies & Directed and edited by AKT tutor Aaron Tonks.

This video is from AKT our Make a Film in a Week Summer School.

This was a class exercise where the children were given the song Run by Chasing Grace and had a day to make a accompaning music video that tells a story. This video was made completely by the students This is the result.

ACT Youth Theatre in Italy

On Sunday 21st June 2015 16 members of the ACT Youth group accompanied by four of their tutors boarded a flight to Pisa in Italy to take part in a week of workshops and performances hosted by Teatro Rumore at the Gran Teatro Puccini in Viaggio. This was the start of an exciting adventure but also the end of a longer journey. The play they were going to perform - Hacktivists by Ben Ockrent was written as part of the National Theatre New Connections Festival.

Each year ten established playwrights are commissioned to write a play for young people to perform and out of the numerous entries 500 companies are chosen to take part. Each company works on one play and has a home performance and one at a local partner theatre. For ACT, based in Brighton, the partner theatre was Chichester Festival Theatre with the performance happening at the Capital Theatre in Horsham. The National Theatre sends a member of their directing team to each of the home performance to report on the production. Our Hacktivists group had an extremely positive report from the visiting director and encouraged by this had gone on to The Capital in Horsham, which is a big venue seating 600 people - undaunted our young actors did an excellent performance.

With kind permission from the playwright ACT secured the rights to perform Hacktivists in Italy as part of a cultural exchange with Teatro Remore. In May the Italian youth theatre visited the UK and performed at The Lantern Theatre, ACT's performance space as part of the Brighton Festival. Their show 'Questo Strangolato Rumore' (This Strangled Noise) was both dynamic and poignant looking at issues of mental health and inspired by the work of Mario Tobino, who worked in a mental hospital from 1942 to 1980.

AKT Trinity London Exam Results

100% success Rate

Well done to all of the AKT students that took their Trinity College London Acting & Speaking Grade Exams on Saturday 16th July.

We are very pleased and proud to say that once again we have a 100% success rate with 30 of the 36 students entered achieving a Merit or a Distinction. Students were entered from Grade 1 up to Grade 7.

Our Grade 7 students all achieved Merits and have also earned themselves 50 UCAS points each - Well done.