Prospero Community Company

NEWSFLASH! Prospero are excited to be curating a festival of one act plays on different aspects of mental health May & June 2018! 

If theatre is your passion and you want to learn new skills in a totally supportive environment, then Prospero is for you.

Members of the community groups Beth has taught have gone on to be successful actors, singers, teachers, technicians and workshop leaders.
Others have gained the confidence and passion to be successful in a myriad of other careers.

Over a period of 20 years Beth has run adult performance groups for The Thorndike Theatre Leatherhead, Theatre Exchange, the Harlequin Theatre Redhill and the Arc in Caterham. Previous shows include:

  • Caucasian Chalk Circle
  • Macbeth
  • Cymbeline
  • Antigone
  • Masterpieces
  • Doctor Faustus
  • The Oresteia
  • Trojan Women
  • Dracula
  • Tristan and Iseult

Also, numerous productions devised / written by the Company as well as a number of highly-fun Murder Mysteries produced as fundraising events.

Drama 8  Drama 2  Drama 6


What are the dates and details?
Times – Monday evenings 7.15-9.45pm
Term Starts 11th January. Terms are 10 weeks.
Venue – Caterham British Legion, 15 Town End, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5UJ
Cost – £75 per term.
Three term loyalty discount – £70 per term after your third term with us.

What do the Acting Classes cover?

  • Acting technique
  • Characterisation
  • Voice
  • Improvisation
  • Physical Theatre
  • Comedy
  • The major practitioners – Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud, Laban
  • Styles of Theatre

There are also personal targets for each participant.

Who teaches the classes?

The classes are taught by Beth Wood.

Before becoming Director of Prospero Beth was the Artistic Director of The Arc, Theatre Exchange and Thorndike Young People’s Theatre.  She has directed in the West End and in regional theatres.

Beth was a drama consultant for Surrey for eight years delivering work with young people and INSET work with teachers across Surrey, and the Outreach director at the Harlequin.  In addition Beth writes the drama activities for Longman’s Shakespeare series and has written plays performed by 16 companies in 5 countries.

In addition we have specialist tutors coming in to do, for example, stage fighting, musical theatre or dance.
We have links to drama schools and other professional theatre companies. These provide our guest tutors.

What do we pay if the term has already started?
If the term has already started fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Do we perform in shows?
We ensure that production experience is as wide as the learning.

We select a range of performance pieces from Shakespeare to comedy and venues from 500 seat theatres to outdoor festival performances.

There is a large amount of ownership with the company deciding on their shows and venues.

Do we have to pay extra for the shows?
No, there is never an extra cost to perform in shows.
We provide, set, props, costumes etc. The company has a stock of several thousand costumes.

What happens if we have to miss a week?
The most important thing is not to miss a show or a dress rehearsal. For this
reason dates are given out at the beginning of each term.
It’s important to let us know if you are going to be away.
We don’t refund fees, I’m afraid, for missed classes.

How does the Community Company link into careers in theatre?
We cover careers advice on all levels.

We are happy to look at audition speeches, arrange work placements and to help with the process of making contacts.

Is it possible to try it out before joining?
We always recommend that you come along and do a Free Taster.

Get in touch for more information


Beth’s adult drama group was my platform into professional acting. Beth’s directing was always of the highest standard and the course follows a wide range of theatre styles, techniques and skills.

Susy Payne

I was immediately impressed with Beth’s professionalism, patience, enthusiasm and inclusivity.  Five years and several plays later I have learnt a great deal and know that by continuing to work with Beth, I will learn a whole lot more.

John Hooper