A London theatre company is setting up an acting ‘gym’, aimed at giving performers a place to practice their craft regularly with workshops, voice classes and audition preparation sessions.
Based on a membership model, the Flux Gym will cost £20 a month, for which individuals will be given unlimited access to its classes and workshops.
It is being established by theatre company Flux, which has run Emerge, a series of new-writing showcase events, for two years, but is now expanding its artist development programme full time.
The gym will host eight Emerge sessions, in which actors work with an emerging writer and director to stage a new piece of writing every month.
They will run alongside a number of other workshops and classes including a writing group, yoga, voice classes and audition practice sessions.
Members will also be able to book out a studio to record self-tapes at the gym in Canning Town, east London.
Co-founders and Flux artistic directors Will Adolphy and Georgie Staight – an actor and a director, respectively – said the idea had come out of a need for affordable workshops that they could access regularly.
Adolphy said: “There is very little out there that provides an affordable way for actors to perform, collaborate and practise their craft, because acting is a craft and it takes practice.
“That’s why we wanted to run it with a £20-a-month membership, which gives you unlimited access to workshops. It will also be £15 for a single session, which is more affordable than other workshops,” he added.
Actor members will work with a number of associate writers and directors on the Emerge sessions. However, Adolphy said he wanted the gym’s workshops to be “very peer-led and collaborative”.
The gym will officially launch next month.