Brett East offers adults the chance to tread the boards

MIDHURST-based former actor Brett East has launched a new venture alongside his Centre Stage Academy which was founded four years ago to encourage young acting talent.

The Academy of Performance Training (APT) is soon to begin evening acting courses for adults in Chichester and Guildford, which will include drama school preparation training for school-leavers.

The courses will be held in the cities on weekday evenings and will provide comprehensive training in all theatre disciplines for people aged 16 and upwards.

They include audition technique, acting for camera, acting methods and techniques, and classical and modern text analysis.

The aim is to equip students with practical skills and knowledge for further acting training.

Brett East founded the young people’s theatre school, Centre Stage Academy, in Midhurst in 2008.

It has since expanded its operations to other parts of West Sussex.

Its patrons include Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville.

Mr East says he has long felt the need for an adult course teaching a precise curriculum acceptable to accredited drama schools.

He describes the fees as ‘modest’, and there is a ten per cent discount for 3-in-1 cardholders and everyone with a valid student card.

More information on the APT website or email