Theatretrain Exeter

Welcome to Theatretrain Exeter

West Exe School
Hatherleigh Road

01392 914066

About Us

Drama Classes, Dance Classes and Singing Classes in Exeter.

Classes run Saturdays during school term time.
Come and join us at Theatretrain Exeter for dance, drama and singing classes for 4-18 year olds. Whether you’re a West End wannabe or a shy wallflower looking to make friends and gain confidence this is the place for you. Our ethos is as a ‘performance company’ and ALL students in our main school, take part in ALL productions whatever their level of ability. We believe this not only gives our students skills and confidence in performance but also respect and appreciation for each other AND the responsibility of working for the team not just themselves.
So come along…we’d love to have you on board!

Our Classes

TT Main School (6-18yrs)

Saturdays 10.00am – 1.00pm

Students are split into three age groups:

Junior (6-9), Intermediate (9-12) and Senior (13-18)

Each group gets three 1-hour classes every week.

Students will cover Acting, Singing and Dancing on a rotation basis.

Sessions are £20 per week.

TT Minis (4-5yrs)

Saturdays 9.45am – 11.15am

Students receive 30 minutes of Acting, Singing and Dancing each week.

Sessions are just £12.

TT Express – Musical Theatre Willand

Saturdays 2.30pm – 4.00pm

Our musical theatre class will explore all the different aspects of performance whilst exploring a whole range of different musicals. Open to children aged 8-16 years, this class is for anyone who loves to act, dance and sing.

Cost is just £12 per week.

Venue: Willand Village Hall

TT Express – Musical Theatre Tavistock

Fridays 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Our musical theatre class is open to children aged 8-16 years and is for anyone who loves musicals and enjoys acting, singing and dancing. We will explore all the different aspects of performance as well as developing the life skills of our students.

Cost is just £10 per week.

Venue: Tavistock Red & Black Club

Upcoming Events

Autumn Term – Saturday 11th September to Saturday 11th December 2021

Spring Term – Saturday 8th January to Saturday 2nd April 2022

Summer Term– Saturday 23rd April to Saturday 16th July 2022

We have limited spaces available in some of our classes so please get in touch to find out more and to be added to the waiting list

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Our Approach

For over two decades we’ve championed an exhilarating approach to theatre school education in the theatrical arts for young people aged 4-18.

We teach our children how to Dance, Act and Sing in performing arts classes at West Exe School, with our unique approach inspiring much more of the children’s own creativity.

Our Stage school brings out the best in students, builds confidence, and gives aspiring young actors opportunities of a lifetime via our large scale London shows and our smaller local shows each year.

In Exeter, we also love to give our students the opportunity to travel and perform internationally, building friendships with other like-minded children across the globe. In the past couple of years, we have already visited New York and performed at Disneyland Paris.

We accept students from areas around Exeter including Crediton, Tiverton, Honiton, Exmouth, Okehampton, Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and even further afield.
No auditions are necessary as we teach them everything they need to know and are just looking for super enthusiastic, dedicated students to join our family!

Our Team

Centre Director and Drama – Paul Clark

Paul is a highly regarded actor, director and teacher of drama with over 30-years experience in the Performing Arts industry working with both young people and adults. He has worked professionally as an entertainer and actor but also enjoys going back to his roots and joining in with local amateur societies where he has played numerous roles. He created the role of Rando in the world premier of the musical Berlin and has appeared numerous times in West End variety concerts. Although he still enjoys performing, Paul has more recently found himself ‘behind the scenes’ as a director and enjoys the challenge of finding new ways to stage various productions. He is loving every minute of running his own centre in Exeter and thoroughly enjoys creating lots of amazing opportunities for the students of Exeter and the surrounding area.

Dance – Carmen Louise

Carmen trained at LSPA Lincoln School of Performing Arts (Lincoln University) where she graduated with a BA HONS degree in Dance and Drama. Carmen has been dancing and performing since the age of four and has always been dedicated and passionate about the arts. She has worked professionally around the world and countries visited include Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Panama, Uruguay, Paraguay and Colombia. More recently, Carmen was offered an opportunity to work in Guangzhou, China, where she taught Dance, Drama, Musical Theatre and English to many children. Since returning to the UK she has starting her own performance company, aiming to use the work that she is creating as a tool to teach and educate. Carmen is really excited about becoming a part of the Theatretrain team and can’t wait to get dancing. 

Singing – Yvonne Buttifant

Yvonne was awarded a place at the Purcell School of Music in London at the age of 11 where she studied piano, harp and singing.  She performed from a young age  at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room amongst others venues. At 18 Yvonne was offered a place at the Royal Academy of Music to continue her music studies. Throughout Yvonne’s adult life she has taught singing, piano and theory to students of all ages both in Spain and the UK.  She also coaches students for auditions to gain Music scholarships to schools, colleges and stage schools.  Many of her pupils study for ABRSM and Trinity exams achieving excellent results.  Yvonne also runs her own ladies choir specialising in musical theatre. Yvonne is passionate about music and is very excited to be joining Theatretrain.

Minis Teacher – Victoria Balster

Victoria is delighted to be teaching for Theatretrain Exeter. She holds a degree in Performing Arts and has an extensive performance background in stage, TV and film productions. Her TV/film and stage credits include Dr Who, Casualty, Larkrise To Candleford, The Four Seasons, and numerous roles in Rosamunde Pilcher films, as well as Murder In The Cathedral, Love & Fire, Intimate Exchanges, Tartuffe & Miss Julie. She currently writes for and fronts her rock band “Out of Isca” performing original material at festivals, theatres and public houses. Victoria has taught for various stage schools and theatre companies all over the South West and currently teaches drama for The Pavilions Arts Centre in Teignmouth, Combe Pafford School in Torquay, and also for The Junk Monkey Theatre Company in Teignmouth. 

Paul Clark

Centre Director & Drama Teacher

Carmen Louise

Dance Teacher

Yvonne Buttifant

Singing Teacher

Victoria Balster

Minis Teacher