Performing arts provision in London

(17 Posts)
MN164 Sun 10-May-15 14:45:01

I'd be interested in the list of schools in North, Central and West London that people feel has a particularly strong drama department. Every school I've seen has decent drama in the school curriculum, but which ones have the most opportunities to participate and perhaps also "excel"?

taxi4ballet Sun 10-May-15 15:44:36

Have you had a look on notapushymum.com? Loads of posters on there with dc's who do drama/dance/musical theatre, and a lot have professional work & agents as well (TV & film etc).

There are bound to be some who are London-based and could help.

basildonbond Sun 10-May-15 23:12:24

Alleyn's has a fantastically well-resourced drama department - there are lots of opportunities for all year groups to get involved and the standard is exceptionally high, but may not be quite central enough for you?

balletgirlmum Sun 10-May-15 23:13:40

BRIT school?

MN164 Mon 11-May-15 06:10:13

Brit and Alleyns would be worth a good look but are too hard to get to for us. Thanks.

wheresmyAga Mon 11-May-15 08:31:26

If you can't find a school that offers everything you're looking for, this could be a good alternative in north London.

Katymac Mon 11-May-15 08:36:02

Arts Ed, Italia Conti are fee paying as Tring & Redroofs but they are 'out' of London

this is supposed to be good too

Clavinova Mon 11-May-15 09:45:47

The Arts Educational School in Chiswick?

Can you search for schools offering drama/performing arts scholarships? That would give you some indication of how committed a school is to its drama productions (try the Good Schools Guide). Even some state schools in and around London offer 'performing arts scholarships' I believe.

MN164 Mon 11-May-15 11:35:41

Thanks for the many suggestions. However, the locations of most are too far from N/Central/W for us. Also, I'm not look for an out and our drama school (e.g. Italia Conti), but a "normal" school with great drama.

Good idea on the "scholarships" and "specialities" front.

I did some digging and these seem to push drama to the front of their offering (inc. scholarships etc).

I know about these schools generally, but not heard about their drama provision specifically. I also wonder which others are out there with a decent drama budget.

Emanuel
City of London Girls
Forest
Highgate Wood
St Marylebone
North Bridge House
Mill Hill School
Godolphin & Latymer

ealingwestmum Mon 11-May-15 11:44:02

Have you ruled out Latymer Upper MN? I know they don't offer drama scholarships before 16+ and couldn't tell you first hand about the drama provision but I hear from existing parents that it is pretty strong?

MN164 Mon 11-May-15 12:03:22

Not ruled out at all and will add to my list. Thanks.

OffTheBackOfALaurie Mon 11-May-15 13:27:23

Join a really good Youth Theatre run by the Lyric Hammersmith, or The Roundhouse or ArtsDepot, for example. Usually better for performance experience and skills than school drama.

Katymac Mon 11-May-15 15:23:23

this thread on NaPM has some interesting thoughts on high school drama

Needmoresleep Mon 11-May-15 19:05:00

You might also look at the Centre for Advanced Training scheme run by a group of specialist Institutions in Central and East London, including the Laban and the National Centre for Circus Arts. I don't know if it still running but the aim was to allow promising performers to pick up a range of skills as an alternative to attending a dance/drama school. All outside school, obviously, but any high level performance training is likely to be outside school.

Katymac Mon 11-May-15 20:02:12

As can Sat/sun associates for an older child(14+ for some)

Places like Urdang, London Studio Centre, IC do weekend (& sometimes evening associates)
Plus places like Stinson Stage Academy who appear to be changing their name

Clavinova Mon 11-May-15 20:08:09

There seems to be quite a lot of info on the websites of the schools you've listed; a quick search reveals that Emanuel School Drama Department has its own twitter account with nearly a thousand tweets and City of London Girls stage a musical with the boys' school every year. You could also perhaps look at online editions of last year's school magazine and diary/calendar - any productions will be listed in the school diary.

jafferabbas Sat 18-Jun-16 23:37:47

A bit late to the party but do check out www.izully.com for local performing arts classes for kids in North and East London.

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