expectations vs reality weekend intensiv(Beg/Int and Adv/pro)


Lead by:

Sarah Jane Potts (International TV and Film)


Want to really prepare yourself for Screen Acting in the Industry? Join me in a weekend intensive deep dive split over two consecutive evenings. 

In Workshop 1 we will work on a scene in pairs (sent to you previously to prepare) covering the importance of knowing your lines, speed runs and useful tips for scene prep, conscious attention, active listening and how to keep calm under stress. This will give you a foundation for Workshop 2. This will be the same scene and I will expect you to be ‘Action Ready’ as soon as we start. We will work through the session as if you are on a TV set. You got the part! Now we will look into how quickly actors have to adapt on set, take notes, be flexible, keep calm and nail that performance whilst dealing with ‘on set’ life.

Session 1 - KNOW YOUR LINES. Make a solid decision about what your character wants and is trying to communicate.

Session 2 - Be prepared to be directed, interrupted, flexible, open  minded and not take anything personally.


My hope is to create a safe, supportive, fun and informative workshop, designed to help build your confidence and your acting tool kit. 


Aimed at Professional students, we will dive into how you deal with badly written scenes and not so great dialogue. How do you still make it your own? How do you play a turkey of a scene without feeling entirely comprised or overwhelmed. Welcome to Polishing Turds. An essential part of any actor’s tool kit. Join Sarah Jane on an in depth workshop split over 2 days, looking into making shitty dialogue work for you, navigating ‘questionable director’s/ direction, keeping your cool and your dignity and the IOI ( a top secret industry survival tool…)


Join me to discover how investigate 

“ I CANNOT say that” to “ How might I say that “


Sarah-Jane Potts is a well known film and television actress having worked extensively in both the UK and the USA.


Her most recent work has included co-starring opposite Sheridan Smith in upcoming drama TEACHER (Channel 5), she also recently co-starred in drama series ZERO CHILL (Netflix). Her other  recurring and regular starring roles have included GRACEPOINT (FOX), SUGAR RUSH (Channel 4), FELICITY (Warner Brothers), WATERLOO ROAD (BBC), HOLBY CITY (BBC), AMERICAN DREAMS (NBC), (CASUALTY (BBC), THE LOCKSMITH (BBC), THE BROKERS MAN (BBC), and THE CANTERVILLE GHOST. Her many guest starring appearances include GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL (ITV), ZEN (BBC), BODIES (Channel 4), TARZAN (Warner Brothers), MURDER SHE WROTE (ABC), BRAMWELL (ITV), NYPD BLUE (20th Century Fox), BRAMWELL (ITV), DALZIEL AND PASCOE (BBC) THE EIGHT DAYS THAT MADE ROME (Channel 5) among many, many more. 


Feature films have included starring as Lauren in the much loved british movie KINKY BOOTS (Miramax), THE CHAMELEON (E-One - for which Sarah-Jane won the best Actress award at the British Independent Film festival), WONDERLAND (Lionsgate), MY SON THE FANATIC, THE ESCORT, BREAKING DAWN, BARELY LEGAL, WOUNDINGS, YOUNG BLADES, HEART OF A DRAGON, STRAY DOGS, FIVE SECONDS TO SPARE, NO VACANCIES and BURNING MEN. 


Sarah-Jane is an experienced theatre actress, her theatre work has included new plays at the Royal Court theatre London, leading roles in many regional theatres and playing opposite Gillian Anderson, Vanessa Kirby and Ben Foster in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (St Anne’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York).


Beg/Int: September 4th and 5th

Adv/Pro: September 11th and 12th

Time (BST)

5:30 - 9:30 pm


Online via Zoom

No of Classes


important info



There will be 14 actors per class

You must be 18+ to participate in this class