frequently asked questions
Q. DO you have to have experience of acting or performing?
A. The very fact you are looking at our site tells us you have the 'qualifications' we need! We have never, and will never, insist on previous experience - just a love for, and an interest in, learning more about the performing arts. At TYD our students are united through a shared love of theatre, the power of stories and how they are told - not previous experience.
q. do you offer a trial or taster class?
A. Yes. If a student is unsure whether TYD is for them, we will offer a free trial class. This is limited to one week only after which fees will be payable. Please note, at certain times of the year taster classes are not available, but we are always happy to discuss this further. Just drop us a line.
Q. what if a class is over-subscribed?
A. We do have a waiting list if classes become full as we have to be mindful of the health & safety of our students and comply with regulations. However, we will always do our best to accommodate anyone who wishes to join us.
q. my child has a lot of experience for their age. how can I be sure they will be challenged?
A. Our main aim at TYD is to ensure that each student is treated as an individual and works to the best of their ability. Inevitably, we do have to start somewhere when forming classes and therefore we do this by age. However, if the dynamics of a class don't work and we find some students are under-stretched or others are a little daunted, we will always discuss how we can help overcome this and allow the student to get the very best experience from their time with us.
Q. what about an 8-year-old with no experience who is a little unsure?
A. We completely understand it can be quite daunting for anyone starting somewhere new - especially at a young age. Our teachers are completely tuned in to their students' ability and confidence and may suggest someone who is 8, should start off with our Slade group. This class provides a great foundation and introduction to the work we do and enables a child to grow in confidence, before committing to the more advanced groups.
Q. we may find it hard to pay the fees in onE go. will this prevent my child from joining?
A. At TYD we've always prided ourselves on offering the very best training at an affordable rate. We do, however, understand that it can sometimes be a struggle to pay a whole term's fees all at once. Please do talk to us if you have any worries or concerns over the payment of fees as instalment payment options can be made available on request.
Q. Is there a uniform?
A. We do not have a set uniform but do ask that students come to class every week dressed ready to move. Comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and flat, light shoes, suitable for movement must be worn in class. For productions we ask for students to have a basic black uniform - this must be plain black with no logos.
Q. Do you put students forward for auditions?
TYD is not a talent agency and, as such, does not put students forward for auditions. We would, however, notify students should opportunities come up that we feel they would be suitable for or could benefit from. Opportunities arise annually for students to audition for the Stamford Shakespeare Company summer season of productions.
Q. Do you Teach Singing or Dancing?
The workshops at TYD are focused on drama, acting and theatre-making. Whilst we do not specifically train students in the disciplines of singing and dancing; movement, physical theatre, dance, voice work, music and singing are all used to develop the young actor's craft. Should a student show an aptitude for dance or song, we would encourage the use of these talents within performances. We also schedule specialist workshops in all areas of the performing arts, including singing and dancing.
Q. Do you Do LAMDA lessons?
Yes, for a supplementary cost, students who are interested in gaining the LAMDA Acting qualifications are supported and weekly classes are held after our regular Saturday morning classes each week. Find out more here.