On Camera Acting

  • About this Workshop

    Explore some of the surprising truths about what makes for excellent screen performances.

    Just as valuable for interviewees as for actors, this four hour workshop will leave you prepared and confident for any on camera work.

    Simon Purse is a UK based actor and director with decades of experience behind and in front of the camera.

    Learn how screen performance and stage performance differ and come away with a toolkit of skills to improve your screen presence.

    All participants will shoot a piece to camera while incorporating these new skills.

  • Who is the workshop for?

    This workshop is for anyone who wants to give more convincing on camera performances, whether that is acting for narrative drama or interviews and presenting. And for any director that wants to get the most out of their actors.

    Age of Admission: 15 - 85
    No other pre-requisites required.

Workshop Fees:


    • Date

12th November 2023:
Sunday, 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Do note the workshop will take place at:

21 Tan Quee Lan St,
#02-10 Heritage Place,
Singapore 188108


  • The frame and what the camera sees
  • Truth is not your friend
  • Where is the microphone
  • Less is less


  • Convincing screen performance
  • Understanding the camera Cheating


  • Better, more convincing screen performances
  • Confidence in front of the camera
  • A really thorough grounding in what it means to be a screen actor.

20% for all workshops with HCAC Student Membership (No Expiry) Apply here.

30% Bundle Discount

Add any two workshops or two or more sign-ups per workshop to the cart for 30% off.

“Out of Stock” means the workshop is full. Email us at hello@hcac.sg with your Name, Email & Contact Number to request to be on the waiting list.

How is this different from all the other on-camera classes I’ve been to?
My work is based on the work of UK film and TV director Patrick Tucker. His ideas are so clear and so easy to learn and put into practice that you’ll start to see an immediate difference in what comes across from your screen work.

Is it fun?
Yes! I’m nothing if not entertaining.

Will it be interactive?
Yes! Every idea is illustrated with video clips from big productions or from live work with participants. Nothing is theoretical – it’s all practical!

About the Instructor

Simon Purse

Simon is an actor, film and theatre director, and teacher based in London.

He began his training at the University of Durham as an undergraduate Chemist but quickly realized that he and science were not going to be friends. He gained his first degree in Philosophy and Psychology, then won a scholarship and trained as an actor at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.

He was a member of the Original Shakespeare Company (OSC) for seven years and was an OSC workshop leader and verse nurse and now trains actors in OSC cue-script techniques around the world, including Stanford University, Oxford University, LAMDA, NAFA, and Berridge Programs where he also teaches film-making. He teaches screen acting workshops based on the work of Patrick Tucker. He has written and directed four short films with Simon Jarvis and is working on a feature project.