WAP Workout with Ned Bennett.

As well as other one off events and workshops WAP is currently running WAP professional actors’ workout with award-winning director Ned Bennett.

These five weekly sessions will look at Ned’s rehearsal process which aims to empower the actor to create a nuanced and visceral performance – one that remains free throughout the run of the play.

Over five consecutive Thursday evenings the workshops will provide actors with:

  • Skills to develop a framework for performance in which spontaneity can be nurtured.
  • Tools to create a rich and ever-evolving inner life for the character through a rigorous process of feeding in the given and imagined circumstances discovered early in rehearsal.
  • Exercises designed to uncover a three-dimensional approach to relationships – through text analysis and non-verbal improvisations.

The current course is in progress but if you would like to be kept updated about future courses please email with Ned Bennett Workout in the title. Thanks!



Inspiring, informative, incredible! I can’t wait for the next one. Katie Hurley, WAP Weekly Workout Actor

The WAP Weekly Workout was an incredibly useful tool for me as an actor – small class numbers and the opportunity to work on areas of my choice that I felt needed attention were major bonus points, on top of invaluable weekly vocal and physical work outs. Elizabeth Nicholson, WAP Weekly Workout Actor

WAP provides a much needed space for actors to try out things, discover texts, experiment and keep fit outside the constraints and pressure of rehearsals and auditions and in between jobs. This is an invaluable opportunity to develop skills only touched on in drama schools  Abla Kandalaft Weekly Workout Actor

Cancellation policy: If for some reason you are unable to attend the workshop, providing we are able to fill your place we will refund the cost in full. If late cancellation is made and we need to fill the place at short notice then we may offer the course out to someone at a reduced price in order to fill it – which means this would be the total returned to you. No refunds can be made once course has started. Any questions please ask!


WAP Weekly Workout #9

Thursday 19th March – 21st May 2015, 6.45 – 9.45pm, Angel, London.

WAP’s popular weekly workout for professional actors returns! Our weekly sessions are a great way to improve techniques, learn new skills, trouble shoot problems and get a great acting workout.  We cover loads – focusing  on monologues, duologues as well as groups scenes and exploring vocal technique, mock auditions, ensemble work, cold reading. We do this through focusing on two core texts each course. We start every session with a warm up to build physical and vocal techniques. We work on making you a more confident actor armed with resources and able to create truthful, fresh and vital work. WAP Workout has an average of seven actors per session. Our course is a flexible eight weeks spread over ten – allowing time off if needed.

Email to join - but be quick! Some places are already gone. WAP Weekly Workout is led by Anna Jordan.

Thursdays 19th March – 22nd May – 6.45pm – 9.45pm (8 weeks spread over 10, you choose the weeks you need off or attend all ten sessions at a small extra charge).

The Church on the Corner - 64 Barnsbury Rd, London N1 0ES – 5 mins from Angel Station

£215 email to join

£205 for previous WAP Weekly attendants.

WAP Weekly Workout #8 – Classical Text & Cold Reading

WAP’s Popular Weekly Workout for Professional Actors is back. This time round it is a series of masterclasses firstly focusing on Classical Text and then Cold Reading for Film and TV. This course is led by coaching and directing heavyweight Alison King, who has extensive experience teaching at many drama schools including RADA, Webber Douglas, London Dramatic Adademy, ALRA, Drama Studio London and Mountview as well as extensive freelance directing.  Alison is also an actor and has a wealth of experience in theatre, film and TV. Classical Text and Cold Reading for Film and TV are two areas Alison specialises in. Five weeks spread over six, allowing flexibility if you need a week off! WAP Workout has an average of seven actors per session. This is our eighth successful cycle.

6.45 – 9.45 Thursdays

30th October  - 4th December 2014

Church on the Corner, 64 Barnsbury Road, London N1 0ES. 5 min from Angel Station

£130 standard /  £120 WAP Returner


CHICKEN SHOP at Park Theatre, 2 – 28 September

★★★★★ Entertainment Wise ★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ WhatsOnStage ★★★★ TheUpcoming ★★★★ RemoteGoat

Long Thin Chicken Shop

Our friends at Epsilon Productions bring us this dark twisted coming of age story by WAP’s Artistic Director Anna Jordan.

Hendrix is growing up. Or at least he’s trying to. But he’s sick of his mother and her constant preaching on the virtues of an organic lifestyle. And he’s sick of her girlfriend, a twenty-something stunner who winds him up relentlessly. But most of all he is sick of the bullies at school who target him viciously, thinking if his mum is gay then he must be too.

In a desperate attempt to prove his masculinity, Hendrix enters a very adult world and gets far more than he bargained for.

2 – 28 September
Tues – Sat Evenings 19.45
Sat & Sun Matinees 15.15
Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London N4 3JP

FREAK at Theatre503, 2 – 27 September

★★★★★ Broadway Baby ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide ★★★★★ Theatre Guide London ★★★★★ Mumble Theatre ★★★★★ Arts Award Voice ★★★★ The Scotsman ★★★★ The Stage ★★★★ Time Out ★★★★ Three Weeks ★★★★ A Younger Theatre ★★★★ Quotidian Times ★★★★  Exeunt Magazine ★★★★ The Upcoming

Freak Image

Fresh from it’s hit run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Theatre503 and Polly Ingham Productions presents Freak.

Georgie is 30 with dirty secrets. She drinks in her bedroom and hides from the sun. Leah is 15 with teenage dreams. She practices her cum face and Veets. A lot. All-meat, all-sex, all-vulnerable, all-powerful. There’s a first time for everything… Isn’t there?

2 – 27 September 2014 7.45pm

Sundays 5pm Pay what you can


Battersea Park Road SW113BW



Or call 020 7978 7040

Anna Jordan wins Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013
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Anna Jordan with judges Dame Jenni Murray and Michael Oglesby OBE

WAP’s Artistic Director has won the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013 with her play YEN.

YEN was picked out of 1792 plays entered into the bi-annual competition, the biggest in the country.  Judges include David Eldridge, Benedict Nightingale, Marianne Elliot, Greg Hersov, Sarah Frankom, Dame Jenni Murray, Michael Oglesby OBE, Tanika Gupta and Suranne Jones.

Watch the ceremony highlights.

Dame Jenni Murray commented: ‘It’s been an extraordinary shortlist this year and very difficult to decide on a winner. Yen is a play of great depth and relevance. In an incredibly dark world each of the characters are drawn with beautiful empathy, and a humanity which stood out to all the judges.’

Also Marianne Elliot said about YEN “It really gets under your skin. It’s incredibly vivid and really upsetting, but in a brilliant way. You get to know and feel for these characters but you’re also aware of the statement this writer is making about the state of the nation.”

Anna is delighted to have won this prestigious award. The prize is £16,000, a year long attachment at The Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre and a full production of YEN there.