Professional Development for Working Actors

Short Courses

Fourth Monkey Professional Development – The Evolve Short Course Programme


EVOLVE Short Courses – Summer 2021 programme is officially live!

Following our previous announcement that the EVOLVE programme of short courses will be returning to the Monkey House this summer, we are delighted to announce that the first of these short courses are now officially live!

We have a fantastic, diverse programme exploring a wide range of creative practices, skills and disciplines for anyone looking for a chance to move, create and collaborate, all of which are available to book online and held at the Monkey House, our dedicated North London training base.

To ensure that we maintain a Covid-secure environment here at the Monkey House, and to ensure the health and safety of all the who use our building remains our top priority, all Evolve Short Courses will have a limited capacity – make sure you book your place on your preferred short course promptly to avoid disappointment.

We can’t wait to welcome our extended community of visitors back to the Monkey House once more!

If you have any questions regarding the Evolve programme, please get in touch with the Fourth Monkey Office team via

Current Workshops

Clown Weekend Intensive


Funny Bones
With Amy Gwilliam
Saturday 22, Sunday 23 May
10:00 – 17:00 every day


Led by Fourth Monkey Clown teacher Amy Gwilliam, this is a terrific opportunity to find and foster your clown. In pursuing our clown, we are gifted back spontaneity, wonder, vulnerability and radiance – on stage and off!  

Through a range of comic techniques and unbridled physical play, Amy will encourage you to discover your uniquely funny bones. By the end of the course, you will be able to:  

  • grasp the fundamental rhythms behind clowning 
  • understand the basic foundations of comic play and timing 
  • build comic rapport and an ability to interact with the audience  
  • expand your emotional and physical range 
  • foster improvisation and devising skills 
  • be able to transform improvised material into rehearsed solo and/or ensemble performance  
  • shine in failure 
  • and shine! 

MoCap/P-Cap Masterclass


With Phoebe Hyder
Thursday 27 May
18:00 – 21:00


In this three hour masterclass Phoebe will break down the key things you need to know from the AR/VR world from a performers perspective as well as things that will help you get into working within the Games and Mocap/P-Cap Industry. This session aims to give you a grass roots understanding of this exciting new aspect of the industry ranging from volume terminology, home V/O set up, industry advice and self-tapes.

This will be mostly a Talk/Q&A session with some practical movement work so please come ready to move but with lots of questions too. If you are nervous about coming back into rooms again, please be reassured that social distancing measures in line with the time will be in place.

From Grotowski to Contemporary
Performing Body

With Magda Tuka
Tuesday 1, 8, 15 June
19:00 – 22:00 every evening


The short course concentrates on exploring the possibilities of artistic expression through the body. We will experiment by improvising, experiencing task-based exercises both individually and in a group.
Creative work must be a living, exploratory process that maintains an awareness of theatrical traditions. During the session, we will refer to selected aspects of one of the most influential creators of 20th-century theatre, Jerzy Grotowski.


With Natalia Iwaniec
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 June
Saturday 15:00 – 18:00 & Sunday 10:00 – 13:00


Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, parallel to his work as a choreographer and the artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company, Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body, adding flexibility, stamina, agility, coordination and efficiency while stimulating the senses and imagination. Gaga classes are predicated on listening to the body and responding to physical sensations.

Physical Theatre Masterclass

With Phoebe Hyder
Monday 14 June
18:00 – 21:00


This three hour workshop will be an exploration as to how we can create a visual narrative by making physical choices using different movement styles and building block principles.Working from a central stimulus the session will be a big playground for participants to explore movement and ‘physical theatre’ in its broadest sense so they can apply some of these ideas to their own work as devisors creators or performers.


With Jan Knightley
Wednesday 23, 30 June & 7 July
18:00 – 21:00 every evening


Each two-hour workshop is, essentially, a mystery! It begins with the performers in the space, adds in music (to be used or ignored as we see fit), then adds the experience of the nine Viewpoints as the ensemble moves around – then, after a while, ANYTHING can happen! We develop an ‘Open’ improvisation which always includes: choral work, individual work, composition… story-telling, character invention and development, families, teams, relationships… doing… listening… working together… daring ourselves and really using the very architecture of the space we are in.

Participants don’t even need to think… they simply have to do things, listen and be open to possibilities.

If strong narratives begin to emerge, we can take them forward into devised pieces for rehearsing, refining and showing to others. But we don’t need to begin with an idea or responsibility to create a show. 

Intro Into Puppetry Masterclass

With Phoebe Hyder
Friday 25 June
18:00 – 21:00


In this three hour Introduction to Puppetry Performance workshop, Phoebe will teach you the principle fundamentals used within Puppetry and how to practically apply them when operating a three person puppet.This session is designed as an introduction to puppetry for people who have never puppeteer’ed before or want to refresh the basics.

Physical Storytelling Lab

With Emilie Largier
Saturday 17 July
10:00 – 17:00


Through the workshop, participants will be guided into an exploration of the relationship between bodies and space, investigating repetitions, weights and rhythms. A particular attention will be given to the concept of negative spaces as a powerful storytelling tool, in which they will deepen their experiences of distances, silences and emptiness.

The Corporeal Mime Repertoire

With Theatre Re
Monday 26 – Friday 30 July
18:00 – 21:00 every evening


From body articulation to counterweights, from dynamo rhythm to mobile statuary, and from improvisation to composition participants will discover how to play their body like a violin, how to create movement in stillness and how to allow inner impulses flow into expression.

In these 5 evening classes designed for professional and semi-professional performers, participants will immerse in Theatre Re’s vital approach to Corporeal Mime and its repertoire. 

Previous training in Corporeal Mime is essential to join. Upon purchasing a ticket you will be asked to provide additional information to confirm you have received previous training in Corporeal Mime. 

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Previous Workshops


Intro to Demidov

Corporeal Mime

Acting through Clown


Suzuki Method