Our guide to performing arts
Kristina K

Our guide to performing arts

First published date October 28 2013 Amended date April 22 2015

Do you secretly wish you were Juliet in a beautiful flowing gown, acting out a doomed love story only to experience a tragic death? Or do you hunger to perform for thousands and get everyone on their feet by the end of the performance? Stop hoping and make your dreams a reality. Get on our popular performing arts courses and wow the world with your talent! If getting sweaty palms and trembling knees before a show gives you the adrenaline rush, then the stage is your home. Chase your dreams and choose from our wide range of performing arts courses that will suit your needs and aspirations.  


All the world’s a stage

If you love the bright lights, an audience of hundreds, the attention you command, and the final curtain followed by thunderous applause, your place is the stage. From musical theatre and plays to sketches, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue your love for Shakespeare, singing  and dancing, and explore your creativity through movements.  Choose from short summer courses and one off workshops to drama school to carve a career in the industry. With the right courses, West End may not be so far-fetched after all!


Behind the scenes

The actors can’t put together a winning performance themselves. It involves loads of other people such as the prop makers, set designers, directors and producers, lighting and electronics guys and costume designers. Bring the performance to live with accurate and realistic props to depict the play’s setting, get the actors into character with the right make up and costumes, polish the finishing acts with the right direction and above all, learn all about stage management to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Whatever happens, the show must go on… and that lies with people behind the scenes.


Tongue in cheek

Performing lets you escape from reality and in some cases, you can be as cheeky as you want when you transform into someone else and adopt a different role. Puppetry shows like Avenue Q drive audience into fits of laughter with their foulmouthed puppets. The show takes hilarity to the next level by enjoying others’ misfortune, claiming that it’s an integral part of making the world a better place!


Jimmy Carr, Russell Howard or Ricky Gervais… take your pick!

‘I went into McDonald’s yesterday and said: I’d like some fries. The girl at the counter said: Would you like some fries with that?’ – Jay Leno. If that makes you laugh or you could crack clever jokes at the drop of a hat, then doing comedy might be your calling. Whether you’re good with one liners, play instruments and sing hilarious tunes or can get away with sexist jokes, you could be the next Bill Bailey appearing at Hammersmith Apollo! 


Cirque du Soleil anyone?

Fans of Darren Brown or wannabe fire-eating, death-defying performers will find courses like circus and magic, perfect to learn new skills and tricks. Soak up the world of fantasy and learn to finesse your act during disappearing acts. Do simple circus tricks like juggling or push the boundaries with escapology acts that will leave your spectators speechless.


More than lines and scripts

When performing in front of an audience, you’re more than just an artist. You’ll learn a lot of skills on your performing arts course, ones that’ll help you tremendously in future with work or even life! You’ll be a star at improvising – all those times you forget your lines or when the props malfunction, you learn to maintain your cool and that translates into being able to keep things under control even when you’re not on stage. You’ll learn to work with a limited budget, deal with different types of characters (essential in a workplace) and ace interviews and presentation skills – those acting skills will come in handy when you need to disguise your racing heartbeat and nerves!


The Globe Theatre facts

The Globe Theatre is situated in London and is famous for showing Shakespeare’s plays. Here’s are a few facts you might not know about it…

·         Colour coded flags were used outside the theatre to advertise the type of play to be performed. Red for a history play, white for a comedy play and black for a tragedy play.

·         A crest above the main entrance to the Globe Theatre was inscribed with the motto ‘Totus mundus agit histrionem’ which means ‘The whole world is a playhouse.’

·         No actresses performed at The Globe or any other theatre in Shakespeare’s time. Female roles were played by young boys as theatre stages were considered too risqué a place for ladies.

·         In 1997, a third version and faithful reconstruction of The Globe Theatre was built as ‘Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre’ close to the original site in Southwark.


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