History

Established in 2006, we are an independent theatre company in Bedfordshire.  We specialise in youth theatre, and run regular weekly sessions in various locations in the area.  We celebrate enthusiasm over ability and guarantee to give everyone an opportunity to thrive.  We provide a safe and encouraging environment in which our students prosper, happy in the knowledge that we are supporting them all the way.

We do not judge children on an initial audition, but give them an opportunity to grow in confidence and develop with our training programme.  We believe that every child matters, and do not exclude on the basis of ability, confidence, or disability.

Our sessions are designed to teach our members a huge range of theatrical techniques, but in a fun and entertaining way.  Our sessions last for two hours, as we believe that this is the optimum session time for both entertainment and education, a fact borne out by School timetables.

We believe that by rehearsing for productions, that our members learn far more than they do from an end of term “Showcase” performance.  Our members learn about script work, interpretation and drama practitioners and their theories.  This is done in the form of practical and enjoyable sessions. We will produce well known classics, Musicals and plays, as well as creating our own, which are written by Keith, who’s work is published and performed worldwide.  Up-Stage get to perform the premieres!

Our professional team do not just create a standard session plan and repeat if from group to group.  Our Schemes of Work are designed with individual groups and children in mind.  This is a full time passion of ours.

We take our groups into a wide variety of venues, in order to give them different experiences, and to improve their adaptability.

Our members have gone on to gain places at the

Central School of Speech and Drama, and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Tring Park School for Performing Arts, Emil Dale Performing Arts Academy.

We have worked with many organisations over the past few years on many different projects.

The Royal Shakespeare Company

Creative Partnerships

The Orchestra of the Swan

NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association)

NAYT (National Association of Youth Theatres)

Arts Council England

Central Bedfordshire Council

Barton-le-clay Parish Council

Barton Players

TADS (Toddington Amateur Dramatic Society)

The Grove Theatre Dunstable

The Queen Mother Theatre Hitchin

Barton Village Hall

Barton Methodist Church

Leighton Buzzard Theatre

The Place Theatre, Bedford

Priory Lower School, Bedford

Edith Cavell Lower School, Bedford

Scott Lower School Bedford

Beauchamp Middle School Bedford

Templefield Lower School Flitwick

Flitwick Lower School, Flitwick

Putteridge High School, Luton

The Hat Factory, Luton

Arnold Academy, Barton-le-clay

Pulloxhill Lower School, Pulloxhill

Flitwick Town Council

The London Borough of Barnet Cultural Services

Westoning Lower School

Woodland Academy, Flitwick

Kings Oak Primary School, Bedford