Drama With a Difference Melbourne

Drama With A Difference is made up of a group of industry professionals who have known and worked with one another over many years. At a time when “selling fame” has become a business in itself, we remain committed to presenting our students with a realistic impression of the industry while continuing to encourage their dreams and aspirations. Below are the various range of courses offered by this Melbourne’s favorite Drama school.

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Adult Drama Class- Perform in The Melbourne Comedy Festival

This is a drama / performance course open to Adults with and without experience in acting. The class runs for two hours every week on Monday OR Tuesday in Clifton Hill, starting in January / February 2016. After nine consecutive weeks, students then have a series of rehearsals at the theatre in which the performances take place. So, unlike our “general” adult acting course, this course does require a greater commitment in terms of time.

This is not a “stand up” comedy festival course. You will be given a scene to work on with a partner or partners. The teacher will direct and teach you, using this scene, which you will later perform in The Comedy Festival in front of a live audience. We enter the festival as an Adult Recreational Drama Class, which is why there is no experience required. The emphasis is very much on “personal best”.


Teenagers – Semi Professional Theatre Group Training

Each year, “Drama With A Difference” produces a semi-professional season of a full length play. We choose plays that have adult and teenage casts. The current play for 2016 requires teenagers aged 15 and over.

As opposed to amateur theatre, semi-professional theatre engages a professional director, and in our case, our directors are also drama teachers of many years experience. Therefore, you also learn the techniques of acting throughout the rehearsal process.


Children’s Drama Class Perform in The Melbourne Comedy Festival

Term 1 of 2016, is a special term for our weekly children’s class. The group is going to perform in The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (in the “Kids Comedy” Section) in a stage version of “The Suitcase Kid” by Jacqueline Wilson. (Adaptation by Vicky Ireland).The children’s weekly group meets every Saturday morning in Clifton Hill from 9am – 11am and is suitable for children aged between 7 and 12 years of age.

No experience is necessary to join this group. We are entering the Comedy Festival as an amateur children’s performance group, and all advertising material will specify this fact. Our aim is to encourage all children – from the budding young actor, to the shyer child who would benefit from such an experience. Our classes and rehearsals will take place in a nurturing and supportive environment; our theatre is also intimate, with a maximum seating capacity of 50.

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Children will learn the skills of acting – improvisation, voice, character work, character movement and so on; applying them to the rehearsal process anda the play itself. It is a wonderful opportunity to give the children something concrete to work towards. This course (in Term One) is always very popular, and spaces are limited, so please visit our link. This will take you to a booking link where you can enrol for the course.


Children’s School Holiday Program 

From January 19 – January 23, 2016 “Drama With A Difference” will be holding a school holiday/ theatre program for children. This course is suitable for ages 7 to 12.

The theatre holiday program is called “A Play in Five Days”. For the first four days, the children attend from 11am – 3pm and learn the skills of acting – voice work, character work, character movement, improvisation etc… and apply this learning to a short play, or series of short plays. There is a lot input from the children themselves, and this is a very creative program.

On day five (Saturday), we invite parents and other family and friends to come along and see a performance, titled “Fractured Fairy Tales”. This sums up the theme of the show, as the children will have spent time working on a number of traditional fairy tales, with a twist!

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Clearly, the performance is a “work in progress”. Not even the most experienced of actors could perform a polished play with only four days “rehearsal”. We don’t expect that children must learn lines etc… and going on stage with a script in hand is totally fine. The idea of the performance is so that the children can have fun showing everyone what they’ve been doing in the program!The program is taught in a nurturing environment, where the emphasis is on “personal best” for each child.

This is a popular program and spaces are limited, so please go to the following link which will give you all the information you require. It will also take you to our booking link, so that you can enroll for the course.


Teenage Weekly Classes – Clifton Hill Mondays

Our weekly teenage drama class in Clifton Hill meets every Monday from 5.15pm – 7.30pm. The class is taught the skills of acting – improvisation, voice work, movement, character work and begins to explore several techniques used by professional actors.

Later in the year, the teenagers put on a series of performances, however, term One does not include any shows. We will begin to look at ideas for shows for later in the year; looking at various “themes” around which to base a performance.

This course is suitable for teenagers with and without experience. It is suited to the aspiring young actor, as well as those who might want to use drama for recreational purposes. Drama is great for building self-esteem, trust, making new friends, and it’s fun!

For information on the full schedule, including fees etc… go to the following link. This link also takes you to a booking link, which you can follow in order to enroll for the course. Term One is always very popular and spaces are limited.


January Teenage Film and TV Weekend Workshop

This weekend workshop falls inside the school holidays – On Saturday 16 January and Sunday 17 January. The course will be taught by the school’s director who has helped many teenagers to secure their first professional role in Film and/or TV. The school has a history of students who have played major and supporting roles in extremely well known feature films and television series.

This course is therefore very suitable for the aspiring young actor, however, it is also extremely valuable for all teenagers- whether or not they wish to become actors. Upfront presentations are increasingly required at school, in universities and in the workplace, and this is a wonderful course for all teens to learn the skills of coming across well to the public.It is also a wonderful course for teenagers who may wish to increase their confidence, make new friends or just have fun!

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The skills of Film and TV – the difference between various kinds of shooting angles, levels, differences in acting genres etc… are all taught in a nurturing environment. The emphasis is very much on “personal best” for each teenager.

For those who are interested in becoming actors, we will be holding an information session in the final hour of the course, to which family are invited.

This is a popular course and spaces are limited. Therefore, please go to the link which will give you all the necessary information regarding the course. This link will also take you to the booking link (at the bottom of the page), which you can follow in order to enrol for the course.


Thursday weekly  acting for Teens in Kew – Term One 2016

Our Thursday teenage acting class meets for two hours in Kew from 5.15 – 7.15pm during school terms.

Students learn the skills of acting – improvisation, voice, character work, character movement etc…, however there is also time spent on Film and TV acting. This does not mean that every week is spent filming, because, ultimately, the techniques that lead to good acting – whether for film, TV or theatre – are about how to make acting believable. Hence, most of the time is spent learning the techniques that professional actors use; many of which are learnt in theatre.

However, students will, at various times throughout the term, have their work put down on film, and will also have the opportunity to view themselves on camera, receive feedback, and then practice again once the feedback has been given.

This course is excellent for the aspiring actor, as students are free to ask questions about how to get into the industry and we will offer professional, ethical and realistic guidance. We have a list of many successful young actors, however, we also encourage teenagers to make their education a priority. The course is also suitable for teenagers who don’t wish to be actors, but who might wish to know more about what actors “do”.

It is also a great course for teens who wish to develop self- confidence, make new friends, or just have fun! The class is taught in a nurturing environment, where the emphasis is on personal best.

For information about this course, please go to the following link which also takes you to the booking link. (At the bottom of the page). Once you have filled in the booking form and returned it to us, we will be back in touch with you to organise a space in the class.


Children’s Film and TV Weekend Workshop September 2016  Kew

This Film and TV Workshop for children will be held over a weekend in September. It is suitable for children who wish to work as professional actors, as well as those who want to use drama to gain self-esteem, make new friends or just have fun!

“Drama With A Difference” is a school that has a long list of child actors who have made it big in the Film and TV industry. That’s because we are all working professionals, with contacts amongst casting directors and agents who come to us when looking for young talent.

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It can often be very difficult for parents to know where to start when attempting to assist a child who has shown interest in professional acting. There are man pitfalls, and we have a solid twenty year history, and an impeccable reputation in the industry. We offer solid, realistic, ethical advice, suggesting only agents that we know and trust.

So, whether your child is a budding actor, or just wants to come along and have some fun working on scenes for film and TV, this is the right course for a wide variety of purposes.

The link will give you all the required information and will take you to the booking link (at the bottom of the page). Simply fill in the booking form and return it to us. We will then get back in touch with you. Spaces on this course are strictly limited


Production / Theatre Group – Adults – Semi Professional Theatre Company Course

“Drama With A Difference” runs a yearly production/ performance course, that focusses on rehearing a full length play. This is marketed as a semi professional production and a publicist is engaged. Therefore, it is necessary to audition for a role in the production group. As opposed to amateur theatre, “semi-professional” theatre engages a professional director, and our directors also have immense teaching experience. Therefore, you learn as you go along in the rehearsal process.

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As this course is quite demanding in terms of time, we double cast each role, which gives greater flexibility to cast members.  All rehearsals are worked around the schedules of working adults.For further information, please go to our link. The link explains in great detail, the demands of the course, the way in which it is structured, the rehearsal “Blocks” (and how they are divided). It also gives the costs and explains how to go about getting an audition for the show. Please read the details at the following link –


Teenagers – Semi Professional Theatre Group Training

Each year, “Drama With A Difference” produces a semi-professional season of a full length play. We choose plays that have adult and teenage casts. The current play for 2016 requires teenagers aged 15 and over.

As opposed to amateur theatre, semi-professional theatre engages a professional director, and in our case, our directors are also drama teachers of many years experience. Therefore, you also learn the techniques of acting throughout the rehearsal process.

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As the demands of this course (and the season of shows) is quite demanding, we double cast each of the roles, enabling greater flexibility for cast members. For a full explanation of this course, and details regarding our audition process, please go to the informative link –


Adult Film and TV Course

“Drama With A Difference” has a solid twenty year history that has provided a launching pad for many of Australia’s most successful actors. This course would be suitable for aspiring actors, but also, to anyone who is simply curious about what actors do, and how they do it!

The course would also be of enormous benefit for anyone who wishes to improve their upfront presentation skills, view how they come across to others, and receive constructive feedback in a positive environment.

The course will also include some sessions that will be taught by industry casting directors and agents, who will give feedback on the students’ work.

For further information please go to the link which gives comprehensive details. It also takes you to our booking link (at the bottom of the page). Please fill this in and send it back to us. We will then get back to you with further details. This is a popular course and spaces are strictly limited; therefore, early booking is advised.

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Locaiton & Details

Contact today for more information!
Address: THE Theatre Husk, 161 Heidelberg Rd, Northcote VIC 3070
Phone:(03) 9489 2772