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More than just a local drama club

The Theatretrain Way: training by industry-leading expert Kevin Dowsett

Kevin Dowsett has used his extensive experience of education and theatre to create a new approach to training in the performing arts. The Theatretrain Way is a more immersive and creative process which is closer to a theatre experience rather than school.

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Meet Kevin Dowsett

For over 50 years, Writer and Director Kevin Dowsett has taught a generation of actors, including Catherine Tate, Danny Mayes, Kelly Brook, Louise Nurding, Martine McCutcheon, Lucy Davis and double Olivier Award winner, Denise Gough. 

If you want to learn from the best, Kevin is an industry leading expert who has taught at many prestigious drama schools and was Head of Acting at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. He is well-known in the world of international theatre having been President of EDERED, a Europe-wide body organising annual drama encounters for young people, and President of the International Amateur Theatre Association for Great Britain since 2004. 

Kevin has also written six full-length musical plays and books including ‘100 Days – developing a performer’s mindset’, which is an extension of the Theatretrain Way.

theatretrain founder kevin dowsett actor

Meet Kevin Dowsett

For over 50 years, Writer and Director Kevin Dowsett has taught a generation of actors, including Catherine Tate, Danny Mayes, Kelly Brook, Louise Nurding, Martine McCutcheon, Lucy Davis and double Olivier Award winner, Denise Gough. 
If you want to learn from the best, Kevin is an industry leading expert who has taught at many prestigious drama schools and was Head of Acting at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. He is well known in the world of international theatre having been President of EDERED, a Europe-wide body organising annual drama encounters for young people, and President of the International Amateur Theatre Association for Great Britain since 2004.  Kevin has also written six full-length musical plays and books including ‘100 Days – developing a performer’s mindset’, which is an extension of the Theatretrain Way.

What is the Theatretrain Way?

This way of working is built around the performer. It’s easy to just entertain young people with one class after another. To make a difference, to inspire, you need to create an atmosphere that draws out the feelings of our young performers. By doing this as part of a team, sometimes a very big team, they learn to let go and be part of something exceptional and focused. Inhibitions are released and confidence grows. They find their voice and their body and join it with their mind. When I perform, who am I being and what do I want? What do I want the audience feel and how do I make that happen?

It all starts in a rectangle 35 feet by 15 feet. Each week students discover that this space can be an oasis where their ideas can be tried.  They learn that this space has rules and when you step into it, you enter a world of the imagination. A place created for an audience.  The life skills you learn as you refine this process stay with you forever, whether you want a career in the theatre or to apply those positive people skills in life.

“Theatre is storytelling to an audience. It helps us make sense of the world. It celebrates and probes what we are”

Our young performers learn how to use space...

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Individuality and self-expression

Every year a new curriculum is begun. It is built on a combination of skills in every class - storytelling, sound and movement. Attitude, time and space and creativity. This encourages imagination, openness, generosity and leadership. Everyone in Theatretrain brings energy, enthusiasm and commitment to what they do - it can move mountains!

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An ensemble theatre company

From the very beginning Kevin worked with musical director and composer Robert Hyman. Over 30 years they have created magical shows unlike any other. To take over the Royal Albert Hall and give every performer 80% performance time takes some organisation. These large-scale performances have transformed many young lives and, unlike other companies, all the centres come together to create genuine ensemble theatre. A company bigger than the sum of its parts. A working philosophy.

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Making the performing arts accessible to everyone

It’s nonsense to believe that only special people can perform. We all perform every day. The skills of performing and performance bring together young people as human beings. It is a craft that anyone can learn. As you learn to “own” your space and share your ideas with those around you, you change your understanding.

When I first founded Theatretrain I knew I wanted to offer something completely different to what I was seeing from traditional theatre training. Most classes available today are based on an examination system and offer very little in the way of a true experience of what it's like to be, and think as, a performer. I wanted to change that.

Kevin Dowsett

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