F.A.Q


How do I find out more?

Simply give me a call on 07792 309992, drop me an email to info@chrismarlow.co.uk or use the 'Contact' form on this website.

Do you offer a free 'taster' session?

Yes, I do offer a free 'taster' session. Contact me on 07792 309992 or info@chrismarlow.co.uk to book the session, which will usually be online. Lasting approximately 20 minutes, you can ask any questions and sample something of a 'proper' lesson without any obligation. 

Do you offer classes?

No, sorry, classes are not offered. Instead, I offer 1:1, 2:1 or small group tuition to ensure personalised attention and rapid progress. 

What are your charges for lessons?

  • Lessons can be taken in person in Lancaster or online. 
  • For 1:1 private lessons the fee is £30 per hour or £15 per half hour.
  • 2 people can share a lesson, in which case the total fee is £40 per hour or £20 per half hour.
  • For groups of 3 and above please contact me for a quotation .
  • Fees can be paid by cash, debit/credit card or via online banking. These are due at the time of the lesson, except for online tuition which should be paid 24 hours in advance of the lesson.

Do you charge termly?

No, there are no termly or up-front fees. Lessons are paid for on the day they are taken, except for online lessons which must be paid for 24 hours in advance.

What's the minimum age for children to start lessons?

Children can start lessons from age 5 or so. However, as each child is different, this is not set in stone, so please contact me if you are interested in tuition for your child. 

Do you teach musical theatre/singing?

No, but I know someone who does! Contact Alison Marlow 07811 239780 for full information, and see her website www.edudance.co.uk. Alison teaches musical theatre to  children and adults, either online or in person in Lancaster. These lessons are either 1:1 sessions or small private groups of your making.  And they're great fun!

Do you teach adults?

Yes! Adults are very welcome.

In fact, adults comprise about half of my work, with pupils ranging from absolute beginners to professional performers or teachers. They span an impressive age range, 18-70+ years, so age is absolutely no barrier to speech and drama work. Moreover, it's a great way to keep mentally and physically fit since it stresses the importance of correct breathing , relaxation, imagination and creativity. Plus, it's great fun; lessons are always relaxed and with plenty of laughs.

 

Are there any performance opportunities?

Yes, there are plenty of performing opportunities including:

  • auditioning for amateur dramatic groups

  • auditioning for the National Youth Theatre 

  • joining local speakers clubs

  • entering speech and drama festivals

  • competing in debating and public speaking events

  • taking speech and drama examinations with LAMDA, the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

  • joining an agency for actors. We have close links with leading agencies in the North West and in London and can advise accordingly. 

  • Adults, if you also enjoy dancing or fancy learning to dance, why not get in touch with Lancaster Dance Centre, run by Alison Marlow. She offers a full range of classes and lessons in Ballroom, Latin-American, Sequence, Ballet and Tap, for beginners, improvers and advanced dancers. Visit www.edudance.co.uk for full details. 


Can I obtain qualifications in speech and drama?

  • Yes, you can opt to take graded exams in a range of subjects such as Acting, Speaking Verse & Prose, Public Speaking, Devised Drama and Mime. While most pupils enjoy the ladder of progression and sense of achievement provided by these exams, they are, however, entirely optional.

  • These Ofqual-regulated exams, similar to those available in music and dance, can be taken with LAMDA, the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art  (www.lamda.ac.uk). If you have a particular interest in performing Shakespeare, the RADA Shakespeare Awards, from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (www.rada.ac.uk), are also available. Similarly, LAMDA offer a range of dedicated Shakespeare exams.

  • Success at Grades 6,7 & 8 attract UCAS points which are a useful supplement to those gained from A level/ BTEC etc. qualifications. For example, Distinctions at Grade 6, 7 & 8 are worth 12, 16 & 30 UCAS points respectively. For full information see www.lamda.ac.uk.

  • Beyond Grade 8, you can progress to diploma examinations in Performance and/or Teaching pathways, such as the level 4 ATCL (Associate, Trinity College London) or the level 6 LTCL (Licentiate, Trinity College London) diplomas. These qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF); level 4 is equivalent in demand to a first year undergraduate degree, while level 6 equates to a third year undergraduate degree. 

When can I start lessons?

You can start lessons at any time of the year. We simply agree a mutually convenient time and off we go. There is no need to book a course or minimum number of lessons.

Prior to starting tuition please read, complete and return the Registration Form and the Terms and Conditions documents below. These can be completed and returned online. Thanks.

 Registration_Form, Pupil copy.pdf

T & C, Pupil copy.pdf

If any details subsequently change, such as emergency contact information, please inform me

What if I need to cancel a lesson?

Please cancel a lesson by text or phone call (07792 309992) giving at least 24 hours notice, in which case no fee is payable. However, lessons cancelled without such notice will be chargeable in full, unless exceptional circumstance prevail.

Do you teach GCSE and 'A' level English Language, English Literature and Drama & Theatre?

Yes, I do teach GCSE and 'A' level English and Drama. As a highly-qualified teacher and former Head of Department in both state and independent schools, I have been a GCSE English/English Literature Examiner, a Senior Examiner/Moderator for 'A' level English Literature (Shakespeare paper) and have sat on the AQA Ouestion Paper Evaluation Committee for 'A' level English Language and Literature, scrutinising and amending draft questions.

Now, as a private tutor, I offer tuition for GCSE and 'A' level English Language, English Literature and Drama & Theatre. I have extensive, insightful and successful experience of Oxbridge entrance coaching and can advise on all aspects of university applications, such as choosing the right university/course for you, drafting a compelling personal statement or refining interview technique.

If any of this is of interest, then do get in touch for a no-obligation chat.

What are your charges for business coaching and workshops?

As these services are usually bespoke, please contact me (07792 309992 or info@chrismarlow.co.uk ) to discuss your specific requirements and for a quotation.