As with all of our Physical Actor Training work we recommend that you begin with a Warm up. It is important to engage the cardiovascular and respiratory system in order to oxygenate your body and help release tension before beginning to explore creatively. Find a warm up that suits you by consulting our film below.

Before you start really moving, you need to know where you are in the space and centre yourself. Grounding will give you ways to get yourself rooted. Your partners can test this. Then you can start to explore how to move off from this centre and a range of other possibilities.

Warm up

This film introduces an approach to preparing the body and voice in a systematic way.

Further reading:
Varley, Julia. 2011. ‘Chapter 3: Training’, in Notes from an Odin Actress: Stones of Water (London: Routledge), pp. 43–55.

Cynkutis, Zbigniew. 2015. ‘Chapter 5: Conversations with the Body’, in Acting with Grotowski: theatre as a field for experiencing life (London: Routledge) pp. 98–153.


This film emphasises the importance of being grounded, connected through the feet to the floor. Grounding enables stability and balance and is a useful starting point for all actions and movement.

Further reading:
Allain, Paul. 1998. ‘Suzuki Training’, The Drama Review, 42, (1): 66–89. Films available: [accessed 6 June 2017].

Suzuki, Tadashi. 2002. ‘Culture is the Body’, in Phillip B. Zarrilli. (ed.) Acting (Re)Considered: a Theoretical and Practical Guide, sec. ed. (London: Routledge) pp. 163–167.

Suzuki, Tadashi. 1985. ‘Grammar of the Feet’, in The Way of Acting (New York: Theatre Communications Group) pp. 3–24.

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