Free online monologue acting masterclass

Wednesday 29th April 7pm – Monologue acting masterclass with professional Shakespearean actor Tom Kanji.  This session will cover how to take a monologue for an audition or a performance and break it down to understand it, rehearse it and improve your performance.

You can bring your own monologue to work on or use one of the Shakespeare monologues suggested by Tom (available to download here)

This is organised by Pump House CYT, but anyone is welcome to join.  For this first workshop we have set a minimum age of 14.  You need to register in advance to receive the joining instructions.  Click to register.

This workshop will provide a unique chance to experience and learn about aspects of Shakespeare’s and other monologues from one of Shakespeare’s Globe professional actors, Tom Kanji. You will get the chance to try some extracts from Shakespeare’s best plays and work on them under the guidance from Tom. 

Theatre credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe, LA Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestras); The Winter’s Tale, Pericles, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar and Doctor Scroggy’s War, (Shakespeare’s Globe); Eternal Love (Shakespeare’s Globe and ETT); Cadfael – The Virgin in The Ice (Middle Ground Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing (Ludlow Festival); A Russian Play, (Lion and Unicorn); Twelfth Night and Hamlet (Northern Broadsides); OthelloImportance of Being Ernest (RADA); Wild Horses, (Theatre 503); Back of the Throat, (Old Red Lion); The Girl the Oil Pipe and the Murder in the ForumThe Tempest (Tara Arts); Prints Of Denmark (Edinburgh Fringe); Les Liaisons Dangereuses (New Vic Stoke); Indian Ink (Salisbury Playhouse).

Television credits include: Tyrant, (Fox TV); Silent Witness and Hustle (BBC); Midnight Man (Carnival Film); Saddam’s Tribe, (Channel 4).

Linked LAMDA Lessons AKA OLLAMA Drama

Opportunity for young people 11-21 to develop their acting skills by taking LAMDA lessons on a weekly basis with an Accredited LAMDA teachers and experienced Secondary School Drama teacher for a number of decades.

Meet for 30 minutes to 60 minutes slots in the Upper Rehearsal Room at the Pump House for a reasonable weekly fee which can be paid weekly to termly to secure a place in these popular classes.

Termly opportunities to enter LAMDA exams at their London Based Centre and gain accreditation at Pass or Distinction to Medal Level.

Opportunity to perform in local Speech and Drama Festivals.

Mondays in term time  4:30pm – 7:30pm    Contact:   30 mins £15 (individual)   60 mins £40 (duos)

The Actors Cafe


Expert Acting Tuition For Novice To Advanced Actors


APPLY – visit and click the Free Workshop Tab


– Concise acting technique with an expert Actor-Tutor

– Build your screen showreel as part of your training

– Meet professional creatives and industry guests

– Cast for Spotlight credited stage and film productions


– CAMILLA ARTHUR CASTING “A massive ‘hats off’ to you and your team – and thank you. I am blown away with your teaching and your approach and just your generosity of spirit. I loved it.”

– ALEX SCANLAN. CAM ACTOR’S AGENCY “Having visited the Actor’s Cafe on three separate occasions now, I can really see the great work it produces.”

– CARL PROCTOR. CASTING DIRECTOR “Everyone seemed to get a lot out of it. A nice group who seem to benefit hugely from you courses.”

– PAUL GIDDINGS. BBC TV DIRECTOR “Thanks for having us at The Actors Cafe and for creating such a relaxed, positive and supportive environment.”

Apply at and click the Free Workshop tab

Dungeness – POSTPONED

*** Sorry this production has been postponed ***

A one act play, part of the National Theatre Connections programme.

Fifty years on from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England, Chris Thompson wanted to write a play about the struggles and the joy of being gay. In a remote part of the UK, where nothing ever happens, a group of teenagers share a safe house for LGBT+ young people. While their shared home welcomes difference, it can be tricky for self-appointed group leader Birdie to keep the peace.

The group must decide how they want to commemorate an attack that happened to people like them in a country far away. How do you take to the streets and protest if you’re not ready to tell the world who you are? If you’re invisible, does your voice still count? A play about love, commemoration and protest.

Watford Fringe

The Watford Fringe was set up by the Pump House Theatre and Arts Trust, Watford’s hub for emerging talent,as an opportunity to show the amazing talent and venues we have in Watford.

Now in its third year across 11 venue spaces, it has something for everybody including music, comedy, drama, improv, dance, film, food and much more.

More information at

Watford Speech & Drama Festival 2018

The Watford Festival was established over 60 years ago and has grown from strength to strength to become one of the largest and most respected in the UK.

The Festival runs from 9:30am till 10pm – ish at weekends and from 4pm till 10pm-ish on weekdays.

The Festival is for children from 3 years old to school year 13, and includes drama, prose reading, poetry recital, mime and public speaking.

Our website is – a timetable will be on this site in January 2018

Contact: or 0208 959 7819  for details


Divergent Drama Acting School

Divergent Acting School runs rehearsals and actor training sessions for 8-12 years olds from 4-5pm and 13-18 year olds from 5 – 7pm every Saturday at the Pumphouse Watford. Fees are £75.00 per term for our younger group and £125 per term for our older group. This term our younger group will be working towards a performance of Arabian Nights and our older group a performance of The Crucible, both at the Pump House on the 18th July.

Divergent Drama Acting School strives to put the creativity back into drama. Not only do children learn stagecraft, build confidence and improve their social skills, they also have the opportunity to stretch their imaginations by taking control of the stories that they tell.  The acting school is run by professional actors so we offer our older students, who may be interested in a life in the arts, vocal and movement training, monologue practice and advice on applying to drama school.

Actors may sign up termly for our acting schools. Places are allocated on a first come first-serve basis. To book a place or register your interest please contact us.

We will be having a FREE taster session on the 25th February. Our term then runs until 1st April. Beginning again on 22nd April and running until our performance in July.


Music 24

‘Musical Herts is a community music therapy project supporting people diagnosed with dementia and their carers. This group has been running for 3 years now and provides a creative outlet that maintains and improves people’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Activities include : improvising on a wide range of instruments, singing familiar songs and dancing.People also have the opportunity to socialise with others in the group and make friends.

Light refreshments are provided.

Session price suggested voluntary  donation £5 carers FREE

The group meets on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month from 10:00 – 11:30 am. (please check diary as dates are sometime changed)

Please note, this group is not a drop-in. Access is by referral only (including self-referrals) so please call us to find out more.

Call: 07521 248091 email- or visit the website


Watford Speech & Drama Festival 2020

Watford Speech and Drama Festival 2020.

Children from nursery age to year 13 perform poetry, prose reading, acting and mime, from 4:30pm on weekdays, all day at weekends. Also Group performances and Finale at Watersmeet, Rickmansworth.

Box Office:

Monday 2nd March – Sunday 15th March 2020 runs from 9:30am – 8:30pm at weekends, and from 4pm till 10pm on weekdays.