I would like to offer a FREE place worth £80 to you or an actor you know this weekend on the hugely popular Action Weekend at ICAT’s studios in central Manchester.

The information is below, but the nutshell version is that it is a great fun, high energy and deeply practical intro to the Mike Alfreds toolkit from Different Every Night. The participant must be over 18 and a student or graduate actor. The place will go to the first person who emails the word ACTION to simontrinder@icat.actor.

Good luck studio!

A first class toolkit taught over a weekend.

Feb 18th and 19th, 10am-6pm both days

The ICAT Action Weekend is a unique opportunity to explore the principles of internationally renowned director, Mike Alfreds. Mike founded both Shared Experience and Method and Madness theatre companies and was described by Ian McKellen as one of Britains top three directors. ICAT Principal, Simon Trinder, has worked extensively with Mike and these principles form the basis of ICAT’s training.

The weekend, led by Simon, is a very high energy, completely practical introduction to these principles and participants will walk away with a complete toolkit providing a freedom enhancing approach to performance in any medium. We will look at Actions, Objectives, Points Of Concentration and more using text provided on the day.

Simon is an award winning Royal Shakespeare Company actor, currently playing Trinculo in the RSC’s groundbreaking production of The Tempest with Simon Russell Beale. He has worked in mainstream theatre, television, radio and film for 16 years including 13 productions at the RSC and seasons at the Globe and Royal Court. He recently played series regulars in Ordinary Lies Season 2, Wolfblood and Midwinter Of The Spirit.

Past participants said:

“I’ve just done a weekend Action course with Simon and I have had the most amazing experience. I’ve learned so much and I can’t wait to do another one, I’m so grateful!” Actor: Parisa Nikkhah-Eshghi


“The best training I’ve had, I left every session feeling inspired and energized. Simon gives actors the freedom which is vital to unlock their inspiration.” Actor: Marlon Solomon