Shoebox Theatre launches free online classes to see you through the summer

By Jamie Hill - 9 June 2020

Arts and Culture

The Shoebox Theatre will be offering a series of free online acting classes throughout the summer. With classes for children and adults alike, there will be something for everyone and it’s all thanks to emergency funding from Arts Council England.

“When we received the news that theatres would have to close their doors due to COVID-19, we wanted to make sure that the Shoebox didn’t stop what it does completely! So, we applied for emergency funding from the Arts Council and were delighted to find out that our application had been successful. It meant we could move our regular classes online during the summer and offer them at no charge. We felt it was vitally important to be able to contribute something creative and social to do during lockdown and wanted to make sure that everybody who wanted to participate could do so.” said Hannah Marquez, Producer at Shoebox Theatre.


The online programme will include weekly drama classes for ages 4-15, acting for adult beginners and weekly improv sessions - all which will be led by professional actors and facilitators. 


The latest addition to the Shoebox team is Luke Rhodri, who recently played ‘Hamlet’ at the Vienna’s English Theatre and studied Acting at Royal Welsh. Luke will be teaching the weekly classes for ages 10-15. 


“We were keen to ensure that we could continue to support our network of theatre professionals during lockdown, and our online classes mean that teachers who may not have been able to regularly travel to our premises before can now deliver classes for us digitally. This gives our students an amazing opportunity to work with professionals from all over the country. We will continue to add to our Summer programme and have some really exciting opportunities lined up, so watch this space!” said Hannah. 


The free programme of classes will start on Saturday the 13th of June and will run throughout the summer. Places are limited and can be booked at

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