‘a company that has developed distinct methods for actors with learning disabilities to lead theatre-making process, demonstrating the positive impact of that inclusion, in our art and the societies we inhabit’


F1 (Foundation Actor Training)

Do You Want to Act?

Join our F1 foundation student actors in training to start your journey towards becoming a professional actor.

Our foundation actor training course follows Dark Horse’s bespoke method ‘The Silent Approach’ and covers a wide selection of units including: Movement, Acting Technique, Ensemble, Voice and Fitness. All units are designed to work towards preparing students for a career in the industry.

Dark Horse trains learning disabled actors at the highest, vocational level.

The silent approach, a ground-breaking rehearsal room method, is used cross company.

The training is unique and revolutionary and gives Dark Horse actors the tools they need to work in rehearsal rooms and TV and sound studios on equal terms with non-learning disabled actors.

You will attend Dark Horse 2 days a week from 9:45 – 3:00pm (during term time) and work towards showings each term to showcase your development in training.

What’s holding you back? Contact us at info@darkhorsetheatre.co.uk and you could be training with one of England’s leading learning disabled theatre companies sooner than you think.


Have an interest in drama? Want to build your confidence, learn something new and meet new people?

Our IGNITE Young Company (taking participants from 16+) is perfect for people looking to do all those things and more. If you want a new hobby or you’re looking for a stepping-stone into professional actor training this is the place to start.

Experience Dark Horse’s training methods in a relaxed, fun environment.

IGNITE runs every Saturday (during term time)

Session 1   9:00am – 10:30am      Specifically for people with ASD
Session 2   10:45am – 12:15pm   Suitable for all learning disabilities

Your first session is free so why not come and give it a go. Contact amy@darkhorsetheatre.co.uk for any enquiries.

Dark Horse Workshops

Our reputation for delivering excellence isn’t limited to performance. At Dark Horse we deliver workshops in schools, community and professional environments (for over 12 years Dark Horse actors have input onto advanced interview training courses with South Yorkshire police force). We can provide workshops to fit your brief as one offs or short courses. Contact our Outreach Coordinator for further details paula@darkhorsetheatre.co.uk