We are passionate about drama for children and creating great theatre with young performers.
Theatre Centre offers a unique opportunity for children to build confidence, develop coordination and communication skills and inspire creativity through our structured classes.
At Theatre Centre we work to the strengths and interests of the children with each term having its own focus.
Progress is marked with written and verbal feedback at the end of each term. In the spring term children are invited to take a speech & drama exam with Trinity College (London).
Throughout we nurture strong relations with parents and children to create a warm and welcoming environment for all.
Centre Stage is designed for kids that enjoy performing or would like to perform and be with other children that feel the same way. It's a great age to be and once children have found their feet and know their ideas are valued, they can gain as much as they put in during their time on this class.
In the autumn term, Centre Stage are fully involved in a stage production that includes costumes, lights, and sound. In the spring the children work on individual and group pieces they select with our guidance. These can be poems, songs, mimes and classic stories they can re-imagine. Children can also be entered for a Trinity College (London) speech & drama exam. In the summer term we perform a new play on Grange Gardens in Lewes.
Recent productions include: I Was a Rat!, A Little Princess, Oliver Twist, Pocahontas, Enchanted & Beauty & the Beast.
We develop team work on this class and so attendance is important and this is especially relevant during the second half of each term as we work towards the presentation.
YPT - Youth People's Theatre
YPT is the start of youth theatre and our class is designed for children in the transition years 10-14 years. Children that attend YPT have usually graduated through our classes or join us at a time when they love drama and performing.
Children on YPT are given greater freedom to collaborate with their teacher and develop their own ideas. There is a strong sense of team work and wanting to do well, which drives the class to create some wonderful theatre.
In the autumn term, YPT take a leading role in a stage production that includes costumes, lights, and sound. In the spring the children work on individual and group pieces they select with our guidance. These can be poems, songs, stories, mimes improvisations or excerpts from plays. Children can also be entered for a Trinity College (London) speech & drama exam. In the summer term, there is a skills focus and we work towards a group devised piece.
Recent productions include: I Was a Rat!, Rama & The Demon King, Cain & Abel, A Murder Mystery and Oliver Twist.
Leadership skills are developed on this class, alongside ensemble work and so good attendance ensures the class members bond and work together effectively.
First Stage is the stepping stone towards performing and is great for children that show an excitement for role play, creating characters and showing back to friends & family. No one child is the same and so this is a good age to try out drama for your child if they have demonstrated creativity; whether they are shy or enjoy an audience!
Each term is themed and we work towards a presentation that involves parents/carers in drama games, role play, songs and movement. For Year 2 children we offer opprtunities to aid the transition to juniors by including them in performances where possible.
We encourage regular attendance on this class as it does assist confidence and this is especially important in the run up to presentation time.
We are so grateful for your classes. They are an easy and relaxed experience that we know Ivar enjoys on his Saturdays; and he loves the kids there too. You produced a fantastic play in the Grange - well done everyone. We were really impressed by how much the kids had to learn and how well they did each scene. Alice Davies (parent) July 2017
Classes and Times
Please note: I am currently advertising new times for the classes but I may be reverting back to the usual times, subject to enrolment numbers. I will notify you of the definite times by the end of August. The planned new YPC class for Years 5 & 6 may have to wait untilthe spring.
The old times are very similar and are: First Stage 9.30am - 10.30am, Centre Stage (Years 3-6) 10.30am - 12pm and YPT 12pm - 1.30pm (Years 7 and above).
Saturdays, Southover School, Potters Lane, Lewes
(free parking on school play ground via Potters Lane)
First Stage (Years 1 & 2) 9.45am - 10.45am
Centre Stage (Years 3 & 4) 10am - 11.30am
YPC - Young Performers Company (Years 5 & 6) 11.30am - 1pm
YPT - Young People's Theatre (Years 7 and above) 11.30am - 1pm
Autumn Term 2017
Term starts on Saturday 9th September.
Half term (no classes) 28th Oct & 4th Nov
First Stage: sharing/workshop Sat 2nd Dec
Centre Stage & YPC: performances on Sat 16th & Sun 17th Dec
YPT: performances 9th & 10th Dec
Free Taster Class
Please contact Richard on 07840 166 947 or email email@example.com to book a taster class on the first week of term Sat 9th Sept.
Thank you Richard for being so caring, dedicated and adept at bringing out the very best in the children. Caroline Morrison
We all thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic performance. My son absolutely loved it and I can see how much it has helped his self-confidence. Rachael Bland
Anna has learned a great deal at Intrepid and has loved being part of the plays. You do great work, Richard. Thank you.
A superb production. We were blown away.
Ohana Banerjee (parent)
The Lost King, July 2017
We absolutely loved the production today. You have a have a real gift for getting the very best from the children; and it really showed in their performances. Chloe Sendall