Never Mind the Extension – Book a Summer Holiday Experience You’ll Never Forget We are delighted to released details of our Summer Theatre School Experience and it won’t be affected by the extension of social distancing rules. With over 20 years of experience in running summer theatre school projects for thousands of young people, we can be relied upon to deliver. Participants will spend a fun packed five days working with a team of professionals to create their own unique outdoor theatre performance, which is performed on the Friday. This year’s Summer Theatre School will take place between 9th [...]
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Phoenix students gain places in the National Youth Theatre No less than 3 Phoenix Senior students have gained places at the prestigious National Youth Theatre. Teddy Pope, Zach Martin and Max Jones will all be off to the University of Northampton for two weeks in early August to train with other talented young performers from all over the UK. The first stage of the audition process involved the students having to record a two minute monologue of their choice which was sent to the National Theatre. Teddy, who chose Mark Anthony’s speech from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar says he owes [...]
Change of Day at Saffron Walden Theatre School From next week our theatre school in Saffron Walden will now take place on Monday nights, moving from Wednesday nights. All class times and the venue will remain the same. We are also welcoming a new teaching team, Nick Delvalle, who trained at Bristol Old Vic Drama School, achieving a BA in Professional Acting, will be leading the class from next week. He has worked extensively in primary education as well as touring nationally as a performer. He will be assisted for both classes by Alice Shepherd, who has trained with [...]
New Venue for Primary Students in Bishop’s Stortford We have some exciting news for the primary section of our theatre school in Bishop’s Stortford. The school is moving to a new venue from this Wednesday (28th April 2021). The school will be moving to All Saints Primary School on Parsonage Lane in Bishop’s Stortford with all classes held at the same time. The new venue is a stones throw from our Intermediate and Senior classes, held at Birchwood High School, located on the same road. This will make it easier for parents who have children attending both venues! We [...]
Phoenix Receives High Praise for Online Mental Health Project Thurrock Council have praised Phoenix and Creative Director Phil Dale following the successful completion of an online project to gain insight into young people’s attitudes towards physical and mental health. The project, entitled Boom, was designed by Creative Director Phil Dale and took place during the February Half-term and involved over 30 young people aged between 11 and 18. Phoenix recruited 3 artists to work with the young people across a range of online sessions; Theatre Director Michael Fentiman, who has recently been nominated for both an Olivier and a [...]
Phoenix Showcase to be a Christmas Spectacular We’re delighted to finally confirm that our full school showcase that was planned for March 2020 will now take place on Sunday 12th December 2021 – book the date out now! It seems an awfully long time ago that all of our theatre school classes had finished their final rehearsals and we were all set to meet up at Saffron Hall on Sunday 15th March 2020 for our first ever showcase at the Saffron Walden venue. In a noticeably short space of time the national situation deteriorated, the Premier League suspended all [...]
A vision of 2020 from Razed Roof Theatre Company Razed Roof is an inclusive performance group of people with, and without, Learning Difficulties and Disabilities based in Harlow. Phoenix Creative Director Phil Dale was instrumental in establishing them at Harlow Playhouse where they are still based. The lockdown has hit all theatre groups hard, but perhaps groups like Razed Roof the hardest. Having established weekly zoom sessions for their members they recently collaborated with Becky Coote: a student from The Central School of Speech and Drama who is an aspiring young playwright and musician. Working with Becky they have [...]
Free Month at Phoenix? Book a Trial before 12th April! We are so excited to be returning to our venues from 12th April we are offering any new starters who book a trial before our official reopening date of 12th April one month’s free fees. Simply click here to book at a trial at your chosen location and add the code “REOPENING1” in the comments section. So if you are looking for a theatre school where you can build confidence, make new friends and learn new skills why not give Phoenix Theatre School a try? Terms and Conditions - [...]
We are delighted to announce that following the latest announcements from the government regarding the Coronavirus Lockdown we have been given the green light to return to classes in person at all our theatre school venues from 12th April. From Wednesday 14th April classes will return at the same times in Bishop’s Stortford and Saffron Walden. From Saturday 17th April our classes in Harlow will return. All returns to venues will depend on reaching stage 2 of the government’s plans to ease lockdown.
Phoenix Theatre Group have been engaged by Thurrock Council to design and implement an online project involving 30 young people from the Thurrock area aged between 11 and 18. Creative Director Phil Dale lead a project with the Essex based local authority just before the March 2020 lockdown to involve children in social care in a theatre skills project. The two-day event culminated in a showcase performance at the Thameside Theatre in Grays involving the young people – many of whom who were performing for the first time. A short film of the project was edited together highlighting the positive [...]