Classes & Workshops


Classes and workshops in improvisation, text based work, half mask character development & comedy  performance.  Work with a number of young actors on their career development through a mentoring programme.

Workshop – Final Performance Xikanda
Young People embracing theatre techniques

Mask Work

Exploring the methods taught by Chattie Salaman the power of the mask can be used to develop character and free up a performer, allowing them to discover untapped ability.

Mask workshops for adults and children. The results are always interesting and often surprising.



Work with community groups, schools and colleges to devise theatre and introduce groups who may not have worked in a performance setting to have a go!

Work has included:

2014 Paper Bird – Wyle Valley School – Salisbury Playhouse

“The performance that was delivered by Samantha Holland, the Wylye Valley School staff and most importantly the pupils was uniquely, quintessentially, astonishing”. Clare MacNaughton Salisbury Journal

2014: 1914 – Play in a Day – Deverill Festival – Salisbury Playhouse

“I thought the work was fantastic and loved the style very much” Richard Munro director of Deverills Festival

2013: East Knoyle Theatre Group – Mask Workshop – Salisbury Playhouse

“Everyone had a great time and thought that Sam was an excellent leader/facilitator. She created a “safe environment” for all of us to experiment in and to discover untapped talents.  Thanks to you for sending along a great teacher and fine ambassador for Salisbury Playhouse”.  Alan Knight East Knoyle Theatre Group

2012: Creative Arts Wiltshire PAWS mask project – Wiltshire Arts

2011: The Prime Ministers Speech – Dinton Primary School – Salisbury Playhouse

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For Student & Professional Actors

If you are thinking of applying to drama school, wanting to hone your performance skills, practice monologues for auditions, or just flex your creative muscles get in touch.

Blocks of 45 – 90 minutes in which to support your work and development.

For Non-Professionals 

If you want to build confidence and creativity in your workspace and in life then you don’t need to be a professional actor to do this!  You can learn skills and exercises that will free you up so that you never have to fear another power point presentation or speaking in public.

Blocks of 45 – 90 minutes in which to support your work and development.

For Business

Businesses small and large can benefit from a little creativity every now and then.  As a creative industry professional and within business, draws on experience in theatre and film to challenge preconceived ideas, apply  fresh eyes and embolden management and staff to try new things and free themselves from invisible and often assumed constraints.

Every business benefits from a regular review of its internal structures. and theatre is no different.    If a business’s structure is not encouraging ideas, development and growth the business needs to address the fundamentals, not tweak a tired core.  Even the most freestyle improvisors operate from a template which provides them with a secure foundation form which they are free to explore – if the template is not allowing them the basis to be creative they change the template.

Morning, afternoon, or all day sessions that will enable team building, confidence and creativity within your workspace.  If you have a particular issue that you would like to solve through the medium of theatre and improvisation get in touch and Samantha will devise a template from which you can grow.

For Schools and Colleges & Community Groups

See Outreach section of the website

Structure and fees – Contact Samantha for rates card e:


Creative team building workshop morning/afternoon (4 hours – minimum 4 maximum 8 people)

Creative team building workshop all day (8 hours – minimum 4 maximum 8 people)

Public speaking and presentation workshop (2 hours  – minimum 4 maximum 8 people)

Public speaking and presentation individual tuition (45 – 90 minutes)

Non-Business/non-actor confidence booster

Theatre/mask workshops for groups – minimum 4 maximum 8 people (2 hours)

Individual Acting/Performance/Public Speaking (45 – 90 minutes)

Schools, Colleges & community Groups

Theatre/improvisation/mask workshops for groups maximum 10 people (2 hours)

Actor – Adult

Actors workshops (2 hours – minimum 4 maximum 8 people – group booking)

Actors individual tuition (45 – 90 minutes)

Actor – Student

Actors workshops (2 hours – minimum 4 maximum 8 people – group booking)

Actors individual tuition (45 – 90 minutes)

Actor – Child

Actors workshops (2 hours – minimum 4 maximum 8 people)

Actors individual tuition (45 – 90 minutes)

Work/Practice Space:

Rehearsal, read through, practice, casting space available with free parking 5 miles from Salisbury