Red Grit - Beginners Acting Course - Red Ladder Theatre Company

Red Ladder Theatre Company

Red Grit – Beginners Acting Course


Ever thought about acting? Not sure where to start? Or maybe you’ve started on your journey and need a refresher? 

Red Grit is a unique acting course, a free and flexible alternative to formal acting training. The course is free of charge and open to anyone who wants to explore their potential as an actor. We welcome people with a broad range of experience: from professional actors to total beginners – this is a space for everyone.


The course, which has been running for 14 years, offers insight into the tools and techniques used in the Red Ladder rehearsal room. It was created by Rod Dixon (Artistic Director), who leads each session, bringing with him over 40 years’ industry experience.

A typical Red Grit course will run for 8 evening sessions and requires a weekly commitment to make the most of the training. Drawing on over 50 years of making ground-breaking theatre at Red Ladder the course covers everything from creating a character, to developing relationships, and working as an ensemble. The programme also covers voice and movement training, and can be quite physical at times.

If you have any questions or concerns about the level of commitment required please feel free get in touch to start a conversation.


“I wish I had done this course when I was 18 and not embarked on a three year diploma… I was told I would have to learn RP (Received Pronunciation) to get rid of the flat vowel sounds in my Yorkshire accent. I left halfway through the course. In leaving, I wrote myself off, disillusioned and with the anguish that somehow I had failed. The Red Ladder course has gone a long way to restore my faith in theatre as a language that can effect change and be part of the greater good… I cannot recommend it highly enough. ”



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Are you a company planning on touring to non-traditional theatre spaces?

We have knocked up a Programmer’s Guide with top tips for touring to non-traditional spaces for performance companies, off the back of our experience touring work with our Northern Social Circuit. You can download the guide here.