with Owen Horsley

DATES: Sunday 8th December 

TIME: 10am - 5pm 

LOCATION: Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage



Need to brush up on your Shakespeare Speech in time for the upcoming Drama School audition season? RSC Director Owen Horsley is here to help with this one-day Shakespeare workshop. This workshop is about building your confidence with your chosen speech and giving you advice on how best to approach a speech for an audition environment. It can often feel like a lonely experience when preparing for an audition so this group workshop presents the opportunity to deliver your text to other people and very importantly allows you to learn from watching and listening to other speeches.


Please LEARN the speech you are thinking of doing for your audition and bring a hard copy of the text with you. 




Owen trained at Drama Centre London. 


Directing credits include Maydays by David Edgar, Salome by Oscar Wilde, The Famous Victories of Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Royal Shakespeare Company). Owen was Associate Director on the RSC King and Country Tour and worked with Artistic Director Gregory Doran on Richard II and Henry IV Part 1 and 2 and Henry V from 2013-16. 


Owen is also an Associate Director for Cheek by Jowl. He was Assistant Director to Declan Donnellan on The Changeling (2006) Cymbeline (2007), Troilus and Cressida (2008), Macbeth (2009-11) and ‘Tis Pity she’s a Whore (2011-13) becoming Associate Director in 2010. Owen Co-Directed the 2013 Tour of Tis Pity. 

In 2008 Owen formed Eyestrings Theatre Company with his production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at St Andrew’s Crypt in Holborn. 


Other directing credits include Who’s There?, Antony and Cleopatra (Classic Stage Company, New York) The Picture of Dorian Gray (Watermill), Don Giovanni (LaMaMa, New York) The Two Noble Kinsmen (RWCMD) Outside on the Street (Edinburgh Fringe and Arcola) Antony and Cleopatra, Lysistrata, As you Like it (Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and Hungry Heart (RADA).

Owen also works extensively in Europe. He has led workshops in Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and France. Owen’s first Spanish production, The Malcontent, opened at the Almagro Festival in August 2011 before transferring to Madrid.




with April de Angelis

DATES: TBC. Please note you need to be available for all dates of your chosen course.

TIME: 6.30-9.30pm 

LOCATION: The Mono Box Studio 30, Block F, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road Bermondsey, SE16 4DG



Theatres often worry about taking on emerging writers, but new interpretations by these writers are often seen as less of a ‘risk,’ due to public awareness of the existing property, and can help advance careers. The idea of the course is to help original writing by enhancing historic knowledge, but also to explore how writers can give new life to these works.


This 8 part course is where writers and theatre people can analyse classics and explore how they are relevant, or can be adapted to contemporary contexts. There will be writing exercises and discussion. You will be expected to read each play before each fortnightly session. 


Wednesday 29th Jan - Medea - Euripides

Wednesday 12th Feb - Oresteia Trilogy - Aeschylus 

Wednesday 26th Feb - The Frogs - Aristophanes

Wednesday 11th March - Antigone - Sophocles

Wednesday 25th March - Life is a Dream - Shakespeare Macbeth 

Wednesday 8th April - Happy Days - Samuel Beckett 

Wednesday 22nd April - The Cherry Orchard - Anton Chekhov

Wednesday 6th May - Mother Courage - Bertolt Brecht.


£100 for 4 week course

£175 for 8 week course


April De Angelis is an acclaimed writer whose extensive theatre work includes THE VILLAGE (Theatre Royal Stratford East, 2018); FRANKENSTEIN (Royal Exchange Manchester, 2018); MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, a two part dramatization of Elena Ferrantes’ epic family saga (Rose Theatre Kingston); RUNE (New Vic Theatre Stoke 2015); GASTRONAUTS (Royal Court Upstairs, 2013); JUMPY (Royal Court 2011 & Duke of York’s Theatre 2012, Melbourne and Sydney 2015); an adaptation of WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Birmingham Rep, 2008); WILD EAST (Royal Court 2006, Young Vic 2019); A LAUGHING MATTER (Out of Joint at National Theatre, 2001); A WARWICKSHIRE TESTIMONY (RSC, 1999); THE POSITIVE HOUR (Out of Joint at Hampstead Theatre, 1997); PLAYHOUSE CREATURES (Old Vic Theatre, 1993; revived at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2013); THE LIFE AND TIMES OF FANNY HILL (The Old Fire Station Oxford, 1991; revived at the Bristol Old Vic, 2015) and FLIGHT (Glyndebourne Opera, 1997). MY BRILLIANT FRIEND will transfer to the Olivier theatre in November 2019.