Theatretrain Reading

Welcome to Theatretrain Reading

The Hill Primary School
Peppard Road
Caversham
Reading
RG4 8TU
07862241429
 
reading@theatretrain.co.uk

About Us

Drama Classes, Dance Classes and Singing Classes in Reading.
Classes run Saturdays during school term time

Come and join us at Theatretrain Reading for  dance, drama and singing classes for 6-18 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 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 10.15am-1.15pm
We have 3 age groups: 6-9, 10-12 and 13-18 and each group works with experienced professionals for 1 hour of Dance, Drama and Singing.
Sessions are £19  for 3 hours. Our sibling rate is £9 for 3 hours (That’s just £28 for 2 students!)

When a student takes Advanced classes alongside our Main school, we offer two class and three class concessions.

We also offer a few bursary places each year.

We are a warm performing arts school where each individual is recognised and embraced in an ensemble environment. We help each student to grow creatively, make friends and build their confidence.
We create amazing opportunities for our stage school students to perform on stage in local, regional and world famous West End venues.

All students have the chance to perform every year.

TT Minis (4-6yrs)

TT Minis CLASS 1 (4-6yrs) 9am-10:30am

TT Minis CLASS 2 (4-6 yrs) 10:45am-12:15pm

TT Minis CLASS 3 (4-6 yrs) 12:30pm-2pm

 

Our Theatretrain Minis class is the perfect introduction to performing arts training. Our young students work with two engaging professionals for 30 minutes of Dance, Drama and Singing which mirrors the training structure of our main school.

Sessions are £8.50  for 1 1/2 hours. Our sibling rate is £6 (That’s just £14.50 for 2 students!)

We create a safe and fun environment to inspire our young students and help them to build their confidence and performance skills.

Theatretrain is the Company that Loves to Perform and we offer several opportunities for our TT Minis to perform locally.

TT Advanced Drama (12-18yrs)

Saturday’s  9am-10:15am
Advanced Drama trains students using varied practitioners to develop acting skills transferable to both devised and scripted work.  Advanced Drama students form a Company each year and the aim is for them to perform locally, in the UK and abroad – this class is ideal for young people with experience and a passion for performing. Advanced Drama students performed the play ‘It Snows’ by Bryony Lavery and Frantic Assembly as part of the National Theatre Connections 2016. This class is currently developing a new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland which will be performed at the famous Edinburgh Festival 2018.

Sessions are £11 (£8 for students taking main school classes)

TT Advanced Dance (12-18yrs)

 Saturdays 1:30pm-3pm

Advanced Dance offers Commercial, Street, Jazz dance training for young people with dance experience. Students will develop technique to a high level as classes cover exercises and technique from the ISTD Modern/Jazz syllabus. There will be many additional opportunities to perform. Advanced Dance students performed the play ‘It Snows’ by Bryony Lavery and Frantic Assembly as part of the National Theatre Connections 2016 and regularly perform at special events.

Sessions are £11 (£8 for students taking main school classes)

(When a student takes Advanced classes alongside our Main school, we offer two class and three class concessions.)

Upcoming Events

Autumn Term – 8th September- 15th December

Our Approach

For over two decades we’ve championed an exhilarating approach to theatre school education
in the theatrical arts for young people aged 6-18.

We teach our children how to Dance, Act and Sing in performing arts classes at
Theatretrain Reading.
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.

Our students also train with top professionals in Masterclasses throughout the year. This has included West End leading Actors, Directors and Choreographers  from hit shows: Matilda, Thriller Live, Lion King, Wicked, Billy Elliot, Shrek, Fela and many more; songwriters and vocal coaches including Denise Pearson and Little Mix vocal coach Maegan Cottone; dancers who have performed with Michael Jackson and so much more!

We accept students from areas around Reading including: Caversham, Tilehurst, Purley, Calcot, Woodley, Whitley, Shinfield, Earley, Henley-on-Thames, Sonning, Shiplake, Emmer Green, Kidmore End, Theale, Wokingham and surrounding areas.
No auditions are necessary as we teach them everything they need to know!

Our Team

Theatretrain Reading is led by an excellent team of professionals. We have many years of professional performance training and experience and it is our passion to develop, challenge and inspire every young person that we are privileged to work alongside.

Theatretrain Reading has been run by Centre Director, Tiffany King for the past 8 years.  ‘It is so important for me that we continue to create a wonderful fun and family supportive environment at Theatretrain Reading. It is within this environment that we can really stretch and challenge each student artistically and develop their confidence. I am so passionate to see each student succeed and it is my focus to ensure I continue to offer exceptional training and performance opportunities each year.’

Drama is led by Tiffany King, a seasoned professional having performed in numerous
productions including: the UK tour of the Jungle Book, a Director/Choreographer
for the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, LAMDA Acting coach, Modern/Jazz dance
teacher and former Head of Dramatic Arts at St. Joseph’s College.

TIFFANY WAS INVITED TO BUCKINGHAM PALACE IN 2011 IN A RECEPTION GIVEN BY THE QUEEN AND DUKE OF EDINBURGH FOR HER ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE PERFORMING ARTS. For the past three years, she has judged ‘Has Reading Got Talent?’ with the Broad Street Mall, Reading and at the Hexagon Theatre. Tiffany has recently returned from directing an international Theatre
Project in Switzerland working with young performers 15-18 years who were
chosen by their country to participate (EDERED Summer 2015).

Dance is led by Nathan Rigg and Corey Cross, two accomplished and technically strong dancers who both have an energetic and passionate focus when it comes to teaching dance!

James Lowrie teaches Dance and our Theatretrain Minis classes. James is currently furthering his experience of professional dance training alongside developing his choreographic portfolio. James offers his skills to our youngest students and hopes to inspire them all through his teaching.

Shekinah Macfarlane completes the Theatretrain artistic line-up as our singing coach. Shekinah has acheived many exceptional performances including: the ‘Sour Kangaroo’ in Seussical, Godspell in Concert soloist ‘Be by my Side’ and u/s Shenzi in the Lion King. Shekinah recently performed in the UK production of Tommy.

Our visiting artistic team of professionals include: Corey Cross, Tom Self, Charlotte Steen and Christopher Tendai.

Charlotte Steen has performed in a vast number of West End Musicals and is currently performing in ‘Bat out of Hell’.

Christopher Tendai also have many wonderful shows under his belt including ‘In the Heights’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’. He is currently performing in the hit West End show ‘Hamilton’.

Sarah Hunt is our Centre Assistant and First Aider. Sarah is the point of contact for all Threatrtrain enquires during Saturday sessions. Sarah has two children, she is warm, friendly and has over Ten years’ experience working with Children and Young People. Sarah was a Deputy Manager at Woodley Pre-School where she was also the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator), she is level 3 qualified in Child Care, level 2 qualified in Safeguarding Children, Behavioural Management and Conflict Resolution in Children and Adults as well as level 2 qualified Paediatric First Aider.

Marley Seville

Dance Teacher


Shekinah McFarlane

Visiting Masterclass Professional


Rowan Ilsely

TT Minis Teacher


Ashten York

Singing Teacher


Charlotte Steen

Visiting Masterclass Professional


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What our students, parents and invited audience have to say about our school, Theatretrain Reading:

‘I am writing to thank you for the invitation to the spectacular Theatretrain Playathon I attended on Saturday evening. I was completely blown away by the quality of the music and drama which I have no doubt is only possible due to your wonderful teaching and leadership. The entire evening was completely enthralling and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was truly such a joy to see young people who were working at such a high level and with such depth’. (The Mayor of Reading, Cllr Livingstone)

‘I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and all your team for a
fabulous show last night. Ellie had an absolute blast taking part and as an
audience member it was a fantastic show to watch. You could really see how
much hard work and effort the students and all your team had put in. You
must be so proud of them’. (Parent TT Minis, C. Woolfenden)

‘First of all a HUGE congratulations on such a wonderful, wonderful show.
Off the scale.
It has been a privilege to see those youngsters deliver a funny, intelligent tight show which was sung with such passion.
Thank you for the heart, soul and time that you devote to our kids’. (Parent S. Murray)

‘I feel so lucky to be working with people who create phenomenal theatre and to be able to call them close friends. And part of that privilege was granted by you- so I would once again like to say a MASSIVE thank you for all your support and help- I hope you feel it was worth it- because I CERTAINLY DO! thank you thank you thank you, I can’t wait to keep developing as an actor and to share all my new skills in class!’ (Student J. Livesey)