Prospero Theatre School

Our most recent production with theatre school was Aliens at Christmas (December 2018), an original and high energy devised piece that beautifully explores the meaning of Christmas that a few of us earthlings have lost.

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What are the dates and details?

Times – Saturday mornings 9.30-1pm

Term Dates – 9th January – 2nd April  (13 weeks, no break for half term)

Venue – Caterham British Legion, 15 Town End, Caterham, Surrey, CR3 5UJ

Cost – £250 per term.

Cost for siblings – both pupils £225

What does the Theatre School cover?

Termly curriculum including tuition in:

Acting technique




Physical theatre



The major theatre practitioners

There are also personal targets for each participant

Who are the teachers?

Theatre School has two main directors, Beth Wood and Chrissie McNeice.

Beth Wood – Short Biography

Before becoming Director of Prospero Beth was the Artistic Director of The Arc, Theatre Exchange and Thorndike Young People’s Theatre.  She has directed in the West End and in regional theatres.

Beth was a drama consultant for Surrey for eight years delivering work with young people and INSET work with teachers across Surrey, and the Outreach director at the Harlequin.  In addition Beth writes the drama activities for Longman’s Shakespeare series and has written plays performed by 16 companies in 5 countries.

Chrissie McNeice – Short Biography

After attending the London Academy of Performing Arts, Christine has worked extensively in theatre and education. Christine has many years experience as a youth theatre director, specialising in musical theatre. Not only has Christine taught drama in schools, she has directed many professional and amateur productions featuring casts of all ages across the country and throughout Europe.

In addition we have specialist tutors coming in to do, for example, stage fighting or street dance.

We have links to drama schools and other professional theatre companies. These provide our guest tutors.

What is the cost?

Cost – £250 per term.

Cost for siblings – both pupils £225

3 Term loyalty cost – £225

What do we pay if the term has already started?

If the term has already started fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis.

Are the students divided into age groups?

The students are divided as needed by the subject and class.

They also have opportunities to perform together as one group.

What is the schedule?

It may vary if we are close to a show or have a visiting director, but generally it is a short warm-up followed by one hour of acting, one hour of singing, one hour of dance with short breaks between.

We ask parents to bring a drink for the students to have in the break/s.

Do they perform in shows?

We ensure that their production experience is as wide as their learning.

We select a range of performance pieces from Shakespeare to cabaret and venues from 500 seater theatres to outdoor festival performances.

We also build in performances in which the young actors are working alongside professional actors, and not just in the background.

Do we have to pay extra for the shows?

No, there is never an extra cost to perform in shows.

We provide, set, props, costumes etc. The company has a stock of several thousand costumes.

We may occasionally ask if students have say black trousers or black shoes as their own may be more comfortable, but if they do not we will provide them.

What happens if we have to miss a week?

The most important thing is not to miss a show or a dress rehearsal. For this

reason dates are given out at the beginning of each term.

It’s important to let us know if you are going to be away.

We don’t refund fees, I’m afraid, for missed classes.

Is there a uniform?

We don’t have a uniform at Theatre School but we ask participants to wear clothes that they can move in and that are comfortable. A track suit and t shirt are perfect.

How does Theatre School link into careers in theatre?

We identify targets for each participant. If we know the student is studying for an exam or audition, we will do our best to tie our sessions / objectives in.

We are happy to look at audition speeches, arrange work placements and to help with the process of choosing subjects / drama schools etc

Are there opportunities for the parents to talk to the tutors?

Chrissie and I are happy to talk to parents at the end of any session.

You are also welcome to email at any time.

Is it possible to try it out before joining?

We always recommend that you come along and do a Free Taster.

Director Beth Wood