Independent Student Reviews

5-starsThe best training I’ve had. Left every session feeling inspired and energized. The tutors are actors themselves and it becomes apparent quickly that they are very good at their job. I think this is one ICAT’s key strengths.I completed the Artist Development Course (ADC) last year and the training I received there has been invaluable in securing me work. Above all, it has given me a process which I didn’t have before. Now when I get a script for a play or an audition, I have a solid logical process and know what to do. ICAT gives actors the freedom which is vital to unlock their inspiration. Their knowledge of classical text is incredibly thorough and the Shakespeare classes are some of the most thrilling I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in. I would recommend ICAT to anyone, whether they are beginners, have already been through drama training or are working and looking to hone their craft. Marlon Solomon

5-starsHaving completed the 2 year part time acting course at ICAT, I can truly say that I am absolutely ready to join the industry as a professionally trained, enthusiastic, confident actor. I have a phenomenal tool kit that I have been given by some outstanding industry professionals. A tool kit that will enable me to audition with authority and confidence in the skill set I have to offer the market as an actor. In two years I have grown in ability and knowledge to industry standard with the teaching I have received at ICAT. I have had the opportunity to listen to and work with inspiring professionals such as Mike Alfreds, Hannah Miller, Adjoa Andoh, Joseph Mawle and of course Simon Trinder himself. If you are looking for thorough training in acting skills that will give you the stuffing you need to enter the acting industry and know that you have every right and ability to work as a professional this course is for you. It has been outstanding and a life changing experience – I know I’m trained and ready to go….thank you ICAT. Elizabeth Wainwright

5-starsI’m currently doing the two year part time course at ICAT. When I first joined back in Sept 2014 I was an actress who was terrified of performing! I had zero confidence and other than a couple of am-dram plays I had never been on-stage before. I’ve only been on the course for a year and already I feel like a different person. I always knew there was so much behind the craft of acting and ICAT really helps you to connect with this in a way that’s easy to understand, but also that will challenge you and push your boundaries – something I really needed help with! The tutors are all industry professionals; so they know, first hand, how the industry works and what is expected of each actor; the level of commitment and dedication that comes through in each lesson is both inspiring and motivational and it makes me want to learn something new and develop each day. I would highly recommend this course to any actor who is serious about the art, and who wants to develop in the industry in a real and truthful way. Lara Jane

5-starsCurrently training in the 2 year course and I can honestly say I’ve learnt so much. It’s rare to find a course that literally does what it says! Being able to work with people who are currently in the industry is so beneficial, it has fuelled my passion and determination to be in this industry even more. You’re definitely in safe hands with the talented Simon Trinder, he genuinely cares for each individual and takes the time to iron out the things which hold you back in becoming the actor you want to be. I’m still in a learning process but the difference in me from when I started still shocks me now, I look forward to every class and the new things I will discover about myself. I can’t praise ICAT enough for the time it puts into it’s students, it’s a place that should be recognised for what it does! Amy Lythgoe

5-starsI’ve just done a weekend course at ICAT and I have had the most amazing experience.If you want to be the best you can be then ICATS the place for you.Ive learnt so much and I can’t wait to do another course with ICAT!I’m so grateful, thank you x Parisa Nikkhah-Eshghi

5-starsRecently attended ICAT’s Action weekend in which you learn about and explore the principles of Mike Alfreds. This affordable 2 day course introduced me to an extensive toolkit I could use practically as an actor and all done in a lovely atmosphere with a great teacher.So much valuable information crammed into this weekend but it never felt overwhelming thanks to Simon who pushes you to challenge yourself without intimidating. After so many fruitless workshops I finally walked away from one feeling I had grown as an actor and have a knowledge and understanding of methods and principles that will give me a more free and honest performance. Wonderful course, could not get enough and I will definitely be returning in the future! jomo999

5-starsAfter completing my professional training in 2010 I really wanted to find an excellent place where I could continue to grow as an actor outside of a working environment. ICAT delivered everything I hoped for and so much more. Not only have I adored every course I have attended from a learning point of view but I have made so many friends and connections with other like minded actors. In my opinion this is THE best facility in the North for actors. Charlotte Dalton