Act One Theatre School began in September 2002 and has been running successfully since then. There are three sessions each Saturday during term time, one each for Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors and these are held at The Place in Bradgate Road, Bedford. The Place has excellent facilities with two rehearsal rooms and a fully equipped studio theatre plus toilets and kitchen.
The Juniors start at 7 years old and are usually able to move into the Intermediates around 11 years of age. The Junior session begins at 9.00am and finishes at 10.30am, the Intermediates begin at 10.45am and finish at 12.15pm and the Seniors begin at 12.30 and finish at 2.00pm. The average length of a term is 12 weeks and the fees are £120 per term for Juniors and £150 for Intermediates and Seniors. Fees are due on the first day of each term.
During a Saturday morning each student will take part in a variety of activities such as warm-up drama games, exercises, improvisation and scripted work. All three groups are very friendly and welcome new people. There are spaces currently available and prospective students are encouraged to try a free Saturday morning taster session before deciding whether or not they would like to join Act One.
The Senior and Intermediate groups had a successful production of The Ash Girl by Timberlake Wertenbaker in February of this year and the Juniors enjoyed a Showcase also in November. Another production is planned for the last week of November 2008 and rehearsals will begin in September. Each year we send some entries to the Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech and Drama and one of our Intermediates gained a 1st place at the Festival this year. Pupils are given the opportunity to study for Acting examinations set by The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with 7 to 17 year olds taking part in the most recent exam day. We also hold holiday Drama courses at The Place each summer.
Act One Theatre School is run by Sally Hammelev, a drama teacher with many years of teaching experience at a leading Bedford school. For further information about Act One Theatre School, contact Sally directly on 01234-269015 or 07988-762170 (mobile).