What we offer

Outstanding performing arts training


 
There are a vast array of classes available at The Theatre Workshop, to enable students to receive a rounded and up to date training in all areas of the Performing Arts Industry.

Learn dance technique from West End performers

Our main session includes a group dance class, which focuses on building a solid dance technique that can be applied to many different dance styles. The classes work on developing strength and flexibility with a strong emphasis on posture, spacial awareness and performance technique.

Our dance curriculum covers many aspects of the industry:

  •  All dance classes are taught by our team of highly experienced tutors, who are all professional performers themselves, with careers spanning all areas of dance performance, choreography and tuition
  • Students are not only taught steps, but are taught how to rectify any faults before poor technique sets in, which can be challenging to correct at a later stage
  • Students often partner theatrical jazz dances with songs they have worked on in their singing classes- it takes fitness and strength coupled with correct technique to dance and sing at the same time!
  • We cover a variety of dance styles from different eras and musical genres, placing focus on current dance trends. Choreographing is also encouraged to develop imagination and expression through movement
  • As a registered member of the Council for Dance Education, we offer specialist training in Intermediate Musical Theatre Jazz and Pre-Professional Jazz for some of our most gifted dancers, as well as offering graded classes leading to internationally recognised exams in ISTD Ballet and ISTD Tap. For more information about these classes, visit our DANCE ACADEMY page

What we offer:

  • Grade 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 ISTD Ballet
  • Grade 2, 3, 4, 5 & Inter-Foundation ISTD Tap
  • Junior Pre-Professional Jazz
  • Pre-Professional Jazz
  • Boys Strength & Conditioning
  • Private dance classes on a 1-2-1 basis in all aspects of dance

Learn acting skills for stage and screen

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Drama is a skillset that is both advantageous and strengthening to all individuals and characters. The aim of our main session group drama classes is to help each student develop his or her potential for self-expression and communication and to help each student understand and appreciate the art of theatre and television.

Our drama curriculum covers many aspects of the industry:

  • Our innovative classes help students to increase their ability to communicate verbally and physically, to think imaginatively, to concentrate, to play, to feel and understand emotions, to co-operate in groups and to seek solutions.
  • Over our successful years of drama training, we are proud to have nurtured both students who pursue professional careers on stage and screen, as well as students who utilize their theatrical skills for other school activities and achieve success in many other fields
  • Our drama programme equips the students to a high level in a range of performance contexts including live performance, film, television and radio
  • We work hard to create an environment for training which is based on trust, mutual respect and a love of drama, enabling students to feel secure enough to take creative risks. All students are encouraged to express themselves in their own way
  • We offer private drama tuition which can lead to LAMDA exams. The higher grades of these exams can be used to gain UCAS points for entry into University later in life. The pieces are also often submitted to local festivals and our students get consistently outstanding results.
  • We have an additional Screen Acting class on offer at our Brighton Saturday, Bexhill and Chichester schools for those students looking to gain skills more specific to Film and Television work. This is particularly useful for those on the Agency, or those wanting to be

Learn vocal technique from West End Professionals

Our main session includes a group singing class that focuses on developing a sound vocal technique that will equip our students with the skills to develop into strong stage performers.

Our singing curriculum covers many aspects of the industry:

  • A variety of singing styles are covered and encouraged from Musical Theatre and Pop through to Classical
  • We educate our students in all aspects of posture, vocal health, breathing, support, musicality and diction to ensure that they have the skillset required to sing safely and to the best of their ability
  • Lessons are inspiring, fun and designed to build the students’ confidence. Students are encouraged to sing solo and demonstrate that they are happy to sing in front of their group
  • Attention is given to the the importance of Acting through Song, using the whole body and facial expression to successfully communicate the text of a song, particularly in Musical Theatre
  • Substantial help is given in audition technique and students regularly have the opportunity to audition for solos in our own productions as well as for professional work
  • Lessons are led by strong team of teachers who are consummate stage performers, many with additional skills as Musical Directors or ESTIL teachers, offering our students a truly professional standard to aspire to.
  • Private singing tuition is available to our students, giving them the opportunity to take Musical Theatre singing exams with London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Private students are also encouraged to compete at local festivals
  • We offer SWAD – Song Writing and Artist Development – this is a songwriting class for those musically minded students keen to find their place within the music industry either as singer/songwriters or as part of a band.

Regular shows in professional theatres

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Bi-annually, we produce one large show taking place either at the Brighton Dome or another prestigious venue, celebrating the success of our students. This performance- a night of singing, dancing and drama– is a highlight of the calendar and brings all of our students together to perform as one unit- our last production featured around 350 students! We pride ourselves on being able to say that our shows are of a very high standard, showcasing all our students’ excellent talent.

On the alternate year, we hold our Oscarettes Awards Night. This is a glamorous calendar highlight at the end of the summer term. The event is held in a prestigious venue with students getting dressed to impress in prom party wear, with Mini Oscars awarded to the lucky winners. Our most recent Oscarettes ceremony featured celebrity guests, bandaoke, chocolate fountains, face painting, a disco and more!

Another exciting  event to keep in mind is the bi-annual Christmas Recitals. Celebrating Christmas together in a local venue, each school invites the parents to share in an intimate performance showcasing all of the students talents. With hot mulled apple juice and shortbread this is the perfect event to lead up to Christmas and a fantastic opportunity to see the wonderful talents of the students! A great chance for the children to share with their parents the skills and confidence they have cultivated in singing, dancing and drama.

Post-16 training for aspiring professionals

(5.45-9.45PM FRIDAYS)

Brighton & Hove High School
Montpelier Road
Brighton
BN1 3AT


Build your foundation…

The ADVANCED ACADEMY is a unique foundation course; specialist training for aspiring performers aged 16+ who are serious about entering the performing arts.

The ACADEMY is technique based, providing innovative training in all aspects of the performing arts.

If you want to fulfil your dream, whether as an actor or in Musical Theatre, the ADVANCED ACADEMY is the launch pad you are looking for!
At our Academy, students are able to select either our ACTING or MUSICAL THEATRE course. These 16+ training programmes are unique in Sussex, leading the way with proven results.

Mission Statement

  • The ADVANCED Academy will equip students with the necessary skills required for audition to a leading full time drama/performing arts school.
  • The ACADEMY, established since 2010, will provide up to the minute training that promotes excellence, dedication, commitment and success.
  • The Academy will only train those who already demonstrate the potential to become professional performers and admission is by audition.
  • Tutors are leading industry professionals with impressive performing and teaching credentials from London’s leading colleges.
  • Streamlined classes offering up to 9 hours intensive training per week.

Course Highlights and Added Value:

  • Regular professional, fringe and showcase performance opportunities
  • Perform at prestigious venues in both Brighton and London
  • Annual assessment with top Industry professionals
  • Careers advice and guidance at our Headquarters in Sussex
  • Advice about entering the business and support in preparing for drama school applications
  • Introduction to the UK’s leading young person agency
  • Opportunity to audition for top Youth Theatre Company Hungry Wolf Visionary Youth Theatre
  • Gain a solid foundation in all aspects of performing arts in preparation for full-time training

Course Requirements

  • Acceptance is by audition only
  • A background in performing arts training is desirable
  • 100% commitment and dedication to succeed
  • 90% attendance across all sessions

Drama School Success

We help our students prepare for their full time drama school auditions, and provide regular assessments with industry professionals so that they get used to an audition environment. Our Advanced Academy Students have a proven track record of securing places at top London Drama schools and Musical Theatre Colleges, including:

  • RADA
  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
  • Guildhall School of Music & Drama
  • Arts Educational
  • Guildford School of Acting
  • Laine Theatre Arts
  • Urdang Academy
  • The Drama Centre
  • Central School of Speech and Drama
  • Mountview Academy
  • London School of Musical Theatre
  • Performers College
  • London Studio Centre
  • Royal Welsh College
  • Rose Bruford
  • The Lir Academy (Irelands National Academy of Dramatic Art)
  • Tiffany Theatre College

Advanced Academy Alumni

Notable course alumni and students include:

  • Richard Hadfield (member of Collabro, Winners of  ‘Britains Got Talent’ 2014)
  • Victoria Farley (Wicked UK Tour and Les Miserables 25th Aniiversary Tour)
  • Hetti Bywater (Lucy Beale in Eastenders, Death In Paradise)
  • Lucy Gape (Hollyoaks Later, Skins,The Making of a Lady)
  • Oscar Lloyd (Emmerdale, The 4 o’clock Club)
  • Alice Kerrigan (Casualty)
  • Amy Leigh Hickman (The Dumping Ground, Tracy Beaker Returns)
  • Johnny Raggett (Wolfblood, The Lady- feature film directed by Luc Besson)
  • Evie Hooton (The Falling- feature film with Maisie Williams)
  • Rosie Taylor-Ritson (Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang)
  • Caroline Johns (Byzantium- feature film with Gemma Arterton)
  • Jack Bowley (The Hanging Tree- feature film, The Dumping Ground)

Audition technique and acting for camera

 

Our Screen Acting tuition is an additional class for those students who show a particular interest in film and screen acting and enjoy more intense and focused work in this area. We actively encourage all students on the agency to take up this extra class.

The Screen Acting Class covers a variety of areas:

  • Students work on a variety of film and television scenes, adverts, presenting features and focus on perfecting the art of screen acting
  • The students explore the crucial differences between acting on camera and acting on stage
  • Many of the projects worked on in class will be filmed for students to learn from and keep as some amateur showreel footage
  • Attention is given to audition technique – in the performing arts business, first impressions count and having good audition technique is crucial to furthering a young actor’s career. Knowing how to promote and present yourself in a professional way is highly advantageous, and these skills are also extremely beneficial for university and job interviews
  • Attention is given to perfecting ‘sight reading’ as scripts can often be given on the day of an audition and learning the skills of audition preparation when you have received a text in advance

Screen Acting sessions are run fortnightly after the main session (available in Brighton, Bexhill and Chichester). Fees are £40 per term.

Specialised training for aspiring professionals 14yrs+

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Advanced class is open to students aged 14 years plus. They are invited to audition if they have reached the entry age limit and have demonstrated the sufficient talent, dedication and maturity to be part of the Advanced Class.

The course is an intense hour each week where the focus changes termly. The classes cover everything from audition repertoire, to ensemble singing and acting for stage and screen.

The Advanced Class offers students a range of further opportunities:

  • Students work towards an annual showcase performance in either Brighton or London, offering them the opportunity to perform to an audience of friends and family as well as invited industry guests
  • Advanced Class students are assessed annually by a highly regarded industry professional eg. a casting director, agent etc. This gets the students used to preparing and performing monologues and songs in an audition environment, alleviating pressure later down the line when considering post 18 options
  • The class is demanding of the students and expects a level of dedication. The idea is that the students take the class in preparation for our ADVANCED ACADEMY at 16 years +
  • The objective of the course is to stretch the students to a new level of performance and perfect techniques taught and to also prepare them for a successful audition into our Advanced Academy

Advanced Class includes 12 weekly 1 hour Advanced Class sessions.

Outstanding dance training in Jazz, Ballet and Tap

 

OUR DANCE ACADEMY
  • Well established, qualified West End tutors, many of whom teach at top London colleges
  • ISTD classes in Ballet and Tap designed to offer the students the opportunity to take exams for nationally recognised qualifications in dance technique
  • Inspiring and specialised training in jazz technique from our IMT (Intermediate Musical Theatre) class to our Pre-Professional Jazz class to cater for some of our most promising dancers
  • Dance Academy students have had the opportunities to dance professionally in numerous shows including: Life Through Dance (with Strictly’s Pasha Kovalev), Billy Elliot (West End), Matilda (West End), Gypsy (Chichester Festival Theatre and West End), Swan Lake (UK Tour) and many more.

What we offer:

  • Grade Primary, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 ISTD Ballet
  • Grade Primary, 2, 3, 4, 5 & Inter-Foundation ISTD Tap
  • Junior Pre-Professional Jazz
  • Intermediate Pre-Professional Jazz
  • Advanced Pre-Professional Jazz
  • Boys Strength & Conditioning
  • Private dance classes on a 1-2-1 basis in all aspects of dance

Please see below for days, times & fees:

Dance classes are held at the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA) and run on Mondays and Wednesdays. See below for the full timetable:

Day Grade Class Time Studio
MONDAY Pre-Primary/

Primary

Ballet 4.15pm ‘til 4.45pm Studio 1
1 Ballet 4.15pm ‘til

5.00pm

Studio 2
2 Ballet 5.15pm ‘til

6.00pm

Studio 1
3 Ballet 5.00pm ‘til

6.00pm

Studio 2
4 Ballet 6.00pm ‘til

7.00pm

Studio 2
5 BalletStudio 2 7.00pm ‘til

8.00pm

Studio 2
6 Ballet 8.00pm ‘til

9.15

Studio 2
Pre-Primary/

Primary

Tap 4.45pm ‘til

5.15pm

Studio 1
2 Tap 6.00pm ‘til

6.45pm

Studio 2
3 Tap 6.45pm ‘til

7.30pm

Studio 2
4 Tap 7.30pm ‘til

8.15pm

Studio 2
5 Tap 8.15pm ‘til

9.15pm

Studio 2
WEDNESDAY Junior Pre-Professional

Jazz

4.30pm ‘til

5.30pm

Studio 2
Intermediate Pre-Professional

Jazz

7.15pm ‘til

9.15pm

Studio 1
Advanced Pre-Professional

Jazz

7.30pm ‘til

9.30pm

Studio 2
6 Tap 5.45pm ‘til

6.45pm

Studio 1
Intermediate/

Advanced

Tap 5.30pm ‘til

6.30pm

Studio 2
Advanced

Free work – Pointe

Ballet 6.30pm ‘til

7.30pm

Studio 2
Boys Conditioning Class 6.45pm ‘til

7.15pm

Studio 1

 

 

Class Price per Session Price per Term
Primary Ballet £3 £36
Ballet Grade 1 £6 £72
Ballet Grade 2 £6.25 £75
Ballet Grade 3,4,5 £7.50 £90
Ballet Grade 6 £8 £96
Advanced Free Work Ballet £7.50 £90
Primary Tap £3 £36
Tap Grade 2,3,4 £6.00 £72
Tap Grade 5,6 £6.50 £78
Inter Tap £7.25 £87
Junior Pre-Professional £7 £84
Intermediate Pre-Professional £12 £144
Advanced Pre-professional £12 £144
Boys Body Conditioning and Strength £4.10 £50


The Theatre Workshop Dance Academy – Setting The Standard

Song writing classes for aspiring young musicians

 

SWAD (Songwriting & Artist Development) is our songwriting class, designed to offer students the ability to expand on their musicianship:

  • Ideal for budding singer songwriters wanting to learn the art of writing and co-writing songs and developing their own style, as well as discovering their place within a band or the industry itself
  • Students who play instruments are actively encouraged to bring it along and see how they can find their own sound in a band while working together in writing and recording their own material
  • Students are offered guidance  in the initial stages of discovering their place within the music industry, as well as  in the later stages of development and working towards gaining publishing deals
  • SWAD students get the opportunity to perform during the TTW calendar. Students are currently working towards The Brighton Dome performance in July and working on secret plans to entertain you!
  • In the past students have developed busking performances,  performed at The Brighton Dome, The Brunswick, The Latest Music Bar and the Hilton Hotel, and some students have had their music played on local radio! The group also recorded their own song for the Rocking Horse Charity which was played on Sussex Radio stations on Christmas Day!
  • SWAD students get the opportunity to record their music in a recording studio and take part in fun photo shoots across Brighton to ensure they have all the tools they need to launch themselves

This is a really inspiring class and leaves the students brimming with confidence. The class runs fortnightly on a Wednesday evening from 5pm-7pm at BACA and is open to students aged 12+ by audition. Click on the links below to hear examples of the work some of our current SWAD students have been creating.

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Fun activities for the school holidays!


The Theatre Workshop works in proud partnership with West End Experience.

West End Experience are returning to Brighton and Birmingham this summer to give YOU the ultimate Musical Theatre experience!

The course includes:

  • Five days of intensive training with West End professional actors, choreographers and musical directors covering all aspects of singing, acting and dance with a final day of Performance!
  • Students get the opportunity to perform in a full two hour concert alongside the West End professionals to an audience of around five hundred people, giving them a real taste of what it’s like to be a West End pro!
  • Every day, the students will study songs, dance routines and scenes from a different West End show, with a cast member from that show. They only work with the very best professional actors, choreographers, dance captains and musical directors to make sure you get a one in a lifetime experience you will never forget

This year, there are two Brighton Summer Schools to choose from:

WEEK 1: Tuesday 8th – Sunday 13th August 2017 9.45am  – 5.00pm

Brighton Summer School Week 1 Concert: Sunday 13th August @ Roedean Theatre
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WEEK 2: Tuesday 22nd – Sunday 27th August 2017  9.45am – 5.00pm

Brighton Summer School Week 2 Concert: Sunday 27th August @ Roedean Theatre

 

Brighton Weeny Summer School (4-6 yr olds)

WEEK 1: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th August 2017 9am-1.30pm

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WEEK 2: Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th August 2017 9am – 1.30pm

 

The cost is just £225 for 7-21 year olds or £85 for 4-6 year olds. The training and the performance takes place at Roedean Theatre, Roedean surrounded by the beautiful grounds with a view of the downs and the coast. This really is a week to be remembered forever!


Birmingham Summer School :

Monday 14th – Friday 18th August 2017

Birmingham Summer School Concert: Saturday 19th August

 

Birmingham Weeny Summer School (4-6 yr olds)

Tuesday 15th – Friday 18th August 2017

 

The cost is just £199 for 7-21 year olds or £85 for 4-6 year olds. Monday – Thursday takes place at Priory School, with the last day rehearsal and performance on the Friday taking place at The Crescent Theatre.

 

For more information, visit www.westendexperience.net 

Critically acclaimed Youth Theatre Company

A NEW GENERATION OF YOUTH THEATRE FOR SUSSEX’S MOST PROMISING ACTING TALENT AGED 14-21 YEARS.

***** “Youth Theatre at its best” – British Theatre Guide

***** “A Massive highlight of the Brighton Fringe” – What’s on Stage

***** “A game changer in how Youth Theatre in the UK can be done” – The New Current

Hungry Wolf burst onto the youth theatre scene in 2013 and quickly established itself as the go-to company in the South East for young actors wanting to perform hard-hitting, realistic and uncompromising material.

We are excited to announce the Creative Team set to work with Hungry Wolf in 2017 & 2018…

Writer: Katherine Manners

Katherine is a writer and actress. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has performed regularly in the West End, in regional theatre and on television.

She has had several short plays produced, including Lucky George for the RADA studios and  London Transport Museum, and Don’t Cross Bridgesfor St James Theatre and Southwark Playhouse, which is currently being made into a short film.

She has several plays in development including Rooftoppers which has had workshop development at the National Theatre studios and Bristol Old Vic, and The Worst Word which is being supported by The Yard Theatre, Hackney, and will be part of the Camden People’s Theatre Hotbed festival.

Director: Conor Baum

Having trained at Rose Bruford College and Columbia College Chicago (where he was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Directing) Conor Baum was offered a directing observership with California-based repertory company Shakespeare Napa Valley in collaboration with the University of Kingston and SITI Theatre Company New York. Conor then went on to work alongside The Wrestling School under Howard Barker and was a participant in two research projects alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company. Conor is a resident director of Brighton-based theatre company Brief Hiatus and was previously the artistic director of Squall + Frenzy, his work receiving a nomination for Best Play at Brighton Fringe 2014. His recent credits include two five-star sellout productions – Dracula at Preston Manor (“Conor Baum is not only a director-he is an orchestrator, a producer and a designer — and this is fully on display in his breathtaking concept” – Remote Goat) and Sweeney Todd at 88 London Road (“…the whole production showed the minimalism and creativity which characterises Baum’s work.” – FringeReview). Conor is thrilled and honoured to be collaborating with Hungry Wolf and is looking forward to the year ahead.

 NOW SET TO LAUNCH INTO 2017 WITH AN EXCITING PROJECT!

HUNGRY WOLF has created a new Company of Young Actors to take part in an intensive 5 day programme workshopping and developing a unique and original script written by Katherine Manner especially for Hungry Wolf. During this week the company will work alongside the Hungry Wolf Director, Conor Baum, to develop the characters, themes and setting of the play which will then premier at The Brighton Fringe Festival 2018 before transferring to a London venue and then on to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival for an experience not to be missed.

View this video of Hungry Wolf in action!

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Hungry Wolf is a not for profit organisation dedicated to the development of outstanding talent and new writing.

***** “The cream of young Sussex actors – quite simply, the very best” – The Sussex Newspaper

‘A terrific night out’ Willy Russell (Playwright ‘Blood Brothers’)

Students working professionally on stage & screen

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The Theatre Workshop works in partnership with one of the UK’s top young actor’s agencies to provide our students with unrivalled access to top stage and screen auditions. Student are invited to participate in annual workshops where they can meet the agency, and take part in drama audition workshops.

Our students appear frequently on stage and screen.

Credits include:

Television: Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Eastenders, Mr Selfridge, Chickens, The IT Crowd, Emmerdale, Holby City, Doctors, Hank Zipzer, The 4 O’Clock Club, Dani’s Castle, Cuffs, Call The Midwife, Hollyoaks Later, Topsy & Tim, Dickensian, The Making of a Lady, The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm, Skins, Silent Witness, Hancock and Joan, Harry & Paul, Man Down, The Zombie Next Door, Embassy Row, Catastrophe, Gigglebiz, The Snow Queen, Topsy & Tim, Casualty, Little Crackers…

Film: Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Clan of the Cave Bear, Shivvay, The Falling, Gullivers Travels, Another Mother’s Son, Alleycats, Gagarin, The Question, Zombieboys, Marrying the Sun, Until Death do us Part…

Theatre: Emil and the Detectives (National Theatre), Strange Interludes (National Theatre), Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre), To Kill A Mockingbird (Regents Park Open Air Theatre and UK Tour), Ragtime (Regents Park), The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 (Leicester Curve), Billy Elliot (West End), Matilda (West End and Stratford upon Avon), Fiddler on the Roof (Regents Park), The Snowman (West End and UK Tour), Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Evita (UK Tour), Annie (UK Tour), South Pacific (UK Tour), Fiddler on the Roof (UK Tour), The Small Hand (UK Tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour), Oliver! (UK Tour), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour), The Sound of Music (UK Tour), Madame Butterfly (UK Tour), La Boheme (UK Tour), Half a Sixpence (UK Tour), Think Floyd (UK Tour), Hello Dolly (UK Tour), The Magic of The Musicals at Christmas (De La Warr Pavilion)…

Commercials: McDonalds, Sainsburys, Tesco, Nintendo, Sony, Wheetos, Allied Carpets, Haribo, Buxton Water, NSPCC, Butlins, Heart FM, CBBC, BENZAC, Sky Internet, Co-Op, Sky News, Playstation, Santander, UNICEF, Cadburys, Iceland, Suzuki, Clarks, Ditch the Label, The Children’s Society, Matalan, The Beech Music Video, Bluestone Holiday Resort, 3 Mobile, KLETT, Barclays, Oral B, Weetabix, O2, Vodafone, Smyths Toys, ASDA, Thomson Cruises…

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