Acting lessons from a seasoned pro

Mark Stratton (on the right looking at the photo) directing Elizabeth Boag and Andrew Piper in Esk Valley Theatre's production of Same Time Next Year
Mark Stratton (on the right looking at the photo) directing Elizabeth Boag and Andrew Piper in Esk Valley Theatre's production of Same Time Next Year
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A NEW adult acting class is starting at The Robinson Institute in Glaisdale - and students will have the opportunity to learn from seasoned professional actor and director Mark Stratton.

Mark is a graduate of the Mountview Theatre School in London and has vast experience across many areas of theatre and television, playing many diverse roles.

He has toured China in The Tempest for Northern Broadsides, and toured the UK with them in Vacuum and Wars of the Roses, the latter of which started life at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.

Appearing in many regional theatres, he is equally at home in serious drama, comedy and musical theatre.

He has worked on many television dramas and appeared opposite Anthony Hopkins in the film Across The Lake.

“Living in the North York Moors has made me realise that there is little opportunity for adults to engage with certain arts, especially the craft of acting”, said Mark.

“That’s why I co-founded Esk Valley Theatre with my wife, choreographer Sheila Carter.

“These classes are an extension of my dream to demystify theatre and make it relevant and accessible to rural communities.

“I believe many people have little idea how the craft of acting can help them in many areas of life”.

Classes will cover vocal technique, relaxation, trust, teamwork, and truth in performance.

The emphasis will be on developing clear channels of communication.

“I intend to work people hard in a fun and supportive environment”, said Mark.

“I believe most people never reach their full potential in life, and I’m keen to help people stretch themselves.

“If anyone has a passion for acting or wishes to build their confidence to help them communicate in their work or personal life, then I would love to hear from them.

“Whether you are an amateur actor, a student looking to apply to drama school, or simply wish to build confidence and communication skills, then ring Mark on 07968 204218.”

Classes will be held at The Robinson Institute on Mondays from 7.30pm to 9pm. The first class is on Monday t October; the course is for anyone aged 18 and over, runs for six weeks and costs £48.

Places will be limited.