Ages 11-16 (Years 7-11)

This is a list of classes we have for those that are in school Years 7-11

Some of these classes are available for other age ranges. For correct class times please make sure you check all relevant age ranges information as times and days may vary.

At a glance...scroll down for more information on individual classes


Musical Theatre

6.00-7.00pm (during term time)

Do you love to sing? Join us on an incredible journey through some of the most well known and loved musicals! Develop your singing and dancing skills and round off the team performing an edited version of a classic musical - previous projects include We Will Rock You, Elf The Musical, Dear Even Hansen and the productions of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Schwartz.

Musical theatre pieces will be explored, staged and sung incorporating movement and dialogue and always working towards a private end of term sharing for family and friends in our of our fully equipped theatres.

£9.50 per session - paid termly (sibling discount available)

What parents say...

"Their performance was amazing - I was completely blown away! My daughter was so excited afterwards she couldn't sleep!"

Classes will start back on

Monday 23rd September

Our teachers

Fraser Stainton

Fraser trained at the Stageworx School of Performing Arts in Stirling, since he was 4 years old. He has been in training for the past 3 years at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts.

Gemma Eves

Gemma trained at Mountview Academy before continuing her studies in acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She has been teaching for over 10 years in both London and New York as well as performing in numerous shows.

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Shakespeare for Kids


Come sit down every Mother's son and rehearse your parts...

Shakespeare for 11-16 year olds is a high energy, dynamic introduction to the world of Shakespeare.

Exploring poetry, bawdiness and the sheer beauty of his language through mime, mask and physical theatre, we will bring to life the famous and infamous character creations of the greatest writer.

At the end of each project we will perform a piece of Shakespeare's work: this may be monologues, sonnets or an abridged version of one of the bard's 37 (or was it 38?) plays.

This is a fabulous oppotunity to work in a professional theatre with a highly experienced actor/director/teacher, doing what isn't done in schools: playing Shakespeare.

Book your child's place now. Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

£120 for the term

Classes will start back on

Tuesday 24th September

Our teachers

David Alexander

BA (Hons) Acting and Theatre Studies

David works with local school, both at the Drama Centre and on site at the schools. He also runs our Alternative Shakespeare group for adults and works on our students at our Children's Theatre School. He is extremely experienced with working with all age groups and abilities.

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Young Theatre


Open to 11-14 year olds (Secondary School Years 7-9)

Join a company of likeminded people and create a show over the course of a year to be showcased in our professional theatre.

Our policy of open membership (no auditions) means that previous experience is not necessary but energy, dedication and enthusiasm are ESSENTIAL

£120 per term

Performances are in the Summer Term so there will be a total of three payments of £120 over the course of the year.

What parents say...

"The show was brilliantly written to meet the needs of the performers and to suit their acting style. It was very challenging and taught them so many valuable theatrical skills: learning lines, remembering cues, working as part of a team and working under pressure. I particularly enjoyed the professional approach changes, music cues, costumes, props and set. Our son has got so much from this project...Thank you for your hard work and commiment to this project. It is an experience they will never forget!"

Classes will start back on

Wednesday 25th September

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Monday & Wednesday

Redbridge Youth Theatre Workshop (RYTW)

7.30-9.30pm on both days (during term time)

A twice weekly theatre company for those aged 14-21 years (Year 10+)

RYTW is a great place for young people to explore and create theatre and learn new skills. RYTW work on at least two public productions per year: both performed in the Drama Centre, as well as the oppotunity to perform elsewhere.

Previous years have seen RYTW chosen out of 500 Youth Theatre companies across the country to perform as the closing act of the 'Connections' festival on the Olivier Stage at the National Theatre.

New members are recruited in September and April of each year. There is no audition process but during a series of sessions the directors are looking for:

- a willingness to work diligently in sessions and rehearsals

- an impressive record of attendance

- a preparedness to work with others and cooperate as part of a team

£130 per term

Classes will start back on

Monday 9th September

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Aerial Skills

9.30-10.40am - Level 1

10.50am-12.00pm - Level 2

12.15-1.30pm - Level 3

(during term time)

Participants will learn trapeze, ropes and skills to build strength, stamina and confidence. Taught in a friendly and supportive atmosphere by experienced trainers.

£8.50 per session - paid termly (sibling discount available)

Classes will start back on

Saturday 28th September

There is currently a waiting list for this class. Please email to put your name down.

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RDC Performing Arts School

2.30-5.30pm (during term time)

An all-round experience for those keen to develop their dance, drama and singing skills. The afternoon sessions are split between each one of those areas and are energetic and exciting ways to explore what performing arts are, and what a performer can do.

The school produces a public production once a year and a sharing for family and friends at the end of the other terms.

Previous productions include:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Under the Sea, West Side Story, Until the Wind Changes and Oliver! at Sir James Hawkey Hall

What parents say...

"I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to absolutely everyone involved in the show. My child had an absolutely fantastic time, he loved every minute. I honestly can't thank you enough for making it such a fantastic experience. He can't wait for the next one."

£19.50 per session - paid termly (sibling discount available)

Classes start back on

Saturday 28th September

Our teachers

Owen Smith - Dance

Owen Smith trained with the Palmerstone Stage School and was a syllabus performer for the Royal Ballet School. As a performer his theatre credits include: Annie (UK National Tour), A Chorus Line, 'Dean' in Boogie Nights, 'Brad' in A Rock Horror Picture Show and 10 years in seasonal pantomime. As a creative, Owen's choreography and directing credits include: The Magic of Eurovision (P&O Cruises), Resident Director for the Summer Seasons in the Isle of Man working with Samantha Barks, Trash the Musical (Belgium), The Fall - a new ballet (RDC), Santa's New Sleigh (The Arts Theatre London) and ISHQ The Musical (Saddlers Wells Theatre).

Leon Ockenden - Drama

Leon is an English actor, director and writer who works in TV, film, theatre and radio. He studied performing arts at the College of Further Education in Plymouth, then received a scholarship from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he took a three-year acting course and graduated in 2003. He is best known for acting in Mr Selfridge, Waterloo Road and Coronation Street

Tom Knowles - Singing

Tom trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music and dance, training as a classical and jazz pianist. His credits include conducting at, playing at, and composing for the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Wigmore Hall. He has also been the Musical Director for shows across Europe and plays piano with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra. He is currently orchestrating for LMTO and preparing to MD panto at Camberley Theatre this Christmas period.

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Musical Theatre

Reception - Year 4: 2.00-3.30pm

Year 5 and above: 4.00-5.30pm

Official Musical Theatre qualifications are available alongside this course, provided by Trinity College London. You can opt in to work on Grades 1-8 in Musical Theatre alongside this class. We have a 100% pass rate with over 60% of candidates gaining a distinction in their grade.

Explore the world of musical theatre and expand your acting, singing and dancing skills. With a combination of working together as cast members and enhancing individual repertoires, this course is a fun-filled way to learning how to be a "triple threat" performer.

Students will spend the Autumn term working together to create their very own showcase exclusively for family and friends performed on the last class of term.

£9.50 per session - paid termly (sibling discount available)

Classes will start back on

Sunday 29th September

Our teachers

Fraser Stainton

Fraser trained at the Stageworx School of Performing Arts in Stirling, since he was 4 years old. He has been in training for the past 3 years at the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts.

Georgia Benson

Georgia graduated from Italia Conti Academy, prior to which she trained at Novelli Stage School since the age of 4. Her theatre credits include: Boogie Nights, Santa’s New Sleigh, Cabaret, Heathers, The Tempest, Circus 1903, Godspell. Film/TV credits include: Lily in Casette, Ant and Decs Saturday Night Takeaway, Lets Sing and Dance for Comic Relief.

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For more information or if you have any questions please email

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