"we are constantly amazed by what students achieve.their skills belie their ages."
Catering for 5 to 22- year-olds, acting skills, technique and stagecraft are introduced and developed in fun and engaging weekly sessions. Strong group dynamics are established early and students of all ages are united through a shared love of theatre, the power of stories & how they are told.
Groups are divided into classes according to age or experience and ability. Classes take the form of interactive workshops, where all students play an important part in the outcome of each session. Find out about our Saturday classes for 5 to 16-year-olds below.
Our foundation classes for 5 to 9-year-olds are a wonderful introduction to Drama and Acting for younger students.
Our class for 10 to 12-year-olds invites students to take active roles in the creation of their performances both in class and onstage.
September to December
Our year starts in September and the first few weeks are spent creating strong and positive group dynamics. Students learn the value of teamwork and a foundation of trust is built. Time is spent this term on discovering and developing each person’s individual strengths and imagination. Everyone has a voice and technique is taught to develop, strengthen and express those voices. Physical theatre and movement are interwoven through our teaching and emphasis is placed on finding fluidity in movement and breaking down inhibitions. Acting exercises explore the young actors ability to listen, react and produce truthful performances on stage.
The term ends with a sharing of class work in an open workshop where parents and friends are invited into our workshop spaces and witness the students in action.
January to March
The focus this term for our Windsor and King classes is on performance. A high point of the year is the main school production. Characters are created, parts are allocated, lines learnt and rehearsals begin.
We do not audition for parts in the production, but we do encourage all Windsor and King students to participate and get involved in the production which will take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd February. Through participation in the production, students gain a deeper understanding of commitment, teamwork and focus.
Please note: Extra commitment is required for production week rehearsals throughout the half-term break from Monday 17th to Friday 21st February, 2020.
Dress rehearsal & evening performance will be on Saturday 22nd February.
Matinee performance will take place on Sunday 23rd February.
Times and full details will be confirmed as soon as possible.
April to May
This shorter six-week term is focused on inspiring and exciting the students in the work of Shakespeare. They will learn how to bring the words to life in fun and interesting ways. Voice, character, movement and ensemble will all be used to great effect.
Culminating in our Summer Shakespeare Day at the end of May, our work this term will be inspired by the play, Romeo & Juliet.
Students will work together to create their own short adaptations of the play, which they will share on our theatre stage.