Free weekly theatre classes for speakers of English as a second language (migrants, refugees, asylum seekers)

Sep 27 2021 - Dec 13 2021, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Engine Room
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Explore creativity, improve confidence, practice English and take centre stage!

Since 2018 we have been running FREE theatre classes every Monday at 6.45PM dedicated to migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and anyone with English as a second language. We are also happy to welcome members of the local community who cannot afford traditional acting classes.

The sessions take place both in-person and online:

  • IN PERSON: We meet at the Engine Room, Lebus Street, Tottenham, London N17 9FU (3 mins from Tottenham Hale). We can cover travel expenses for asylum seekers and anyone who can’t afford travel.  
  • ONLINE: We also offer the opportunity to join us on Zoom via a link we share every Monday morning.

The classes are open to everyone, no matter their level of English or their experience. They mix fun exercises from Augusto Boal’s Games for actors and non-actors with acting and speaking techniques LegalAliens has developed through the years.

Perfect for ESOL students and those wishing to practice English in a creative way, as well as anyone interested in performing, the sessions offer a safe space for people to meet, learn, and make friends while being creative.

At the end of each academic year, the group devises a performance. Participation isn’t compulsory but it is usually a moment of great excitement and learning.


GAMES:  We start with “theatre games” to warm up, work on team building, imagination, and listening. These exercises encourage conversation in a fun manner.

VOICE: Vocal exercises (articulation, breathing, pronunciation) are proved to build confidence, and are popular with people who are shy and scared to speak.

IMPROS: Guided improvisations are also part of the sessions, with participants being encouraged to invent stories, work on storytelling, freewriting, and creativity.

ACTING: Traditional acting techniques (like Meisner’s “repetitions” or Lecoq’s “states of tension”) are taught to develop speaking skills as well as confidence skills.

TEXT: We use extracts from contemporary and classic plays, to practice reading, build vocabulary and create characters.

The workshops have been supported by National Lottery, Arts Council England, Harnisch Foundation, LUSH, Haringey Welcome, Consonant and Haringey Festival of Learning.

Additional Info:


To register or ask for more info please email OR use the contact form.

If you are a charity working with refugees/asylum seekers and would like to refer participants, please email or give us a call on 0208 3740052


Haringey is expecting more refugees in the coming months and we would like to be able to welcome them all and possibly provide some extras like full travel expenses covered or some free food. If you think you can help us, please fill in the form. Thank you.