The Actor's Gym

This is our CPD offer for professional actors, performers and theatre makers in the South West. We are launching our trial of 'The Actor's Gym' this February for a 3 month trial period with an aim to continue if there is demand.


Athletes go to the gym to train and keep fit for an upcoming event, but what happens to actors who are in-between jobs? Where can actors continue to push themselves post-training?

What is it? 

The Actor’s Gym is a place for actors to take risks, develop their skills and keep the creative juices flowing: ensuring they are match fit for the next audition or job. It involves bi-monthly workshops, discounts on other training offers, regular newsletters, sharing of any work opportunities that come to The Wheel and access to a supportive network of professionals based in the South West.

Each session is guided by the company directors.  Rather than a taught workshops, each gym session is facilitated to allow space for individuals to revisit or rediscover key areas of the actors craft.  This is Continuing Professional Development for professional actors who have already trained or have considerable professional experience, if you are looking for training please see our other offer which are suitable for beginners or those at an intermediate level.

Get involved

The Actors Gym will take place at The Barbican Theatre on the 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month (our three month trial runs February to April 2020).  You can arrive between 5.30 and 6pm and the Warm Up will start prompt at 6pm.  We will aim to finish the workout and cool down by 8pm.  

This is our first 3 month trial, much like a gym after your trial we anticipate this to be an ongoing monthly subscription.  Our trial price is £15 for three month’s subscription and then a £4 fee per gym session (you only pay for the sessions you come to).

Workouts for the next three months:


Sunday 2nd Feb:        Physicality/Presence

Sunday 16th Feb:       Voice/Text

Sunday 1st March:     Imagination/Creation

Sunday 15th March:  Connection/Ensemble

Sunday 5th April:        Improvisation/Play

Sunday19th April:       Industry/Screen

For further information and to sign up please download the Subscription form or contact The Wheel at - 


Tel: 01752 229234

How it works

Like in the gym each session will follow a 'five stage' ritual pattern:



THE GYM: Swipe your card, go to the locker room, say hello, and you begin the mental preparation to exercise by beginning your ritual of gym kit, filling your water bottle, water bottle.        


THE ACTORS GYM: You pay your £4, chat about your week, and you begin the mental preparation to work by beginning your ritual of workshop clothes, filling your water bottle, shutting the door on the outside world.




THE GYM: Warm up physically and mentally


THE ACTORS GYM: Warm up physically and vocally, mentally and emotionally 


3) THE WORKOUT -    


THE GYM: You do your specific exercise routine ie cardio, weights, leg focus, arm focus


THE ACTORS GYM: We focus on a key area of the actor’s craft: Physicality/Presence, Voice/Text, Imagination/Creation, Connection/Ensemble, Improvisation/Play, Industry/Screen


4) THE COOL DOWN  -    


THE GYM: Cool Down


THE ACTORS GYM: Cool Down & Reflection




THE GYM: Have a chat in the changing room, maybe grab a coffee or smoothie, prepare to re-enter the outside world feeling energised and healthy


THE ACTORS GYM: Have a chat with other artists, maybe grab a coffee or a pint, prepare to re-enter the outside world feeling creative and inspired 

Contact email:
Tel: 01752 229234
Images from directors' past work.