We are Acting Out. We promote emotional well-being through drama, offering workshops filled with improvisation, imagination and fun.
Since establishing Acting Out in 2013, we have seen many, many wonderful children – quiet or loud, assured or nervous – grow their confidence and skills through the wonderful world of drama.
We believe all children should have the opportunity to ‘act out’.
Creative Freedom for Kids
Our workshops are a welcoming environment where children can express themselves, explore their imaginations, develop their social skills and build confidence. We like to see it as drama for creative and social development – children see it as great fun!
Something for Everyone
Regular children’s drama workshops are available in Southville and we host special theatrical events across Bristol throughout the year. We are drama providers for many community groups and partner with the Bristol Shakespeare Festival as their education outreach team.
We are proud to donate 5% of profits to Dramatic Need, a creative arts charity empowering vulnerable children in rural and poorly served areas of Africa. Dramatic Need uses drama, art, music and film-making to help young people build hope and self-belief in the face of conflict, trauma and hardship.
Jacqui Ham - Cofounder and Drama Facilitator
As an actor, a drama facilitator and a mum, I passionately believe that drama can improve children’s confidence as well as providing endless fun. Making a difference through the Acting Out workshops is a joy.
Before cofounding Acting Out, I facilitated adult and children’s drama workshops with various organisations and drama companies. Having graduated from London’s Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA), I have worked professionally as an actor and I am a full member of Equity (UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners).
Lily Maryon - Collaborator
Lily is a Bristol based actor who trained at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance . Lily has worked in Theatre, Film and Television . She has worked in Children’s Theatre with Acting Out , playing Elfie in their Christmas interactive show ‘Christmas at Wonder Mansion’ at Ashton Court.
An experienced facilitator and teacher she has worked with a range of children’s organisations including Acting Out ,Pauline Quirk and Unique Voice.
Lily is currently working on Acting Out’s after school drama clubs and thoroughly enjoying it!
Chris Yapp - Collaborator
Chris trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
His theatre credits as an actor, include 1599 – A Year in The Life Of William Shakespeare (Bristol Shakespeare Festival), Room for One (Blue Brook Productions), Twelfth Night/Much ado about Nothing UK Tour (GB Theatre), Ghost Train (Angelhair /JDJB Productions), Merchant of Venice (Everyman Theatre Company), The Magic Tree (Lawrence Batley Theatre) and Sing A Song Of Sixpence UK Tour (BBC Playdays).
Chris directed Aladdin BS3/Southville Cinderella (Acting Out) and Rude Awakenings (Brassworks/Stroud Theatre Festival). His radio and voice over credits include Invitation to the Waltz, Windsor Jewels, and Drawing The Line (BBC Radio). His TV and film credits include The Golden Hour (BBC1) and Red Funnel Ferry (Promotional Video).
Kate Pasco - Collaborator
Kate co- directed RAPunzel BS3 . She is a freelance Theatre Maker, Director and Facilitator based in Bristol who specialises in making work with, for and by Young People. She has extensive experience in outreach and participation both in theatre and school settings, and is passionate about empowering young voices and giving them a platform to make ambitious, bold and challenging theatre.Recent Directing projects include Antigone (The Egg Theatre), Schools Takeover Project (Tobacco Factory Theatres), Happimess (Edinburgh Fringe), Courtyard Opening (The V&A Museum), as well as making work with her company Little Echo.
She currently also facilitates for other organisations including; National Youth Theatre, G64 Theatre, The Egg, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Bigfoot Arts, Unique Voice and One Day Creative.