In the Winter term students begin work relating to a chosen play or scripted piece which they will study over this period. A student attending Acting over several years will therefore cover a wide variety of dramatic material and experience numerous roles and styles of literature. An extract or several scenes of the chosen work are selected and students will then rehearse in a group with an Acting tutor. Each extract is explored and developed for performance at a number of local competitive drama festivals. Each group performs for live audiences and is assessed by festival adjudicators. Outstanding performances may be awarded 3rd, 2nd or 1st places and trophies in the competition. All entries receive a written report which students can use to reflect on their ongoing development of individual skills.
Local drama festivals Stage 84 enters students into regularly include:
The Mrs Sunderland Festival (Huddersfield)
The Robertshaw Festival (Bingley)
The Wharfedale Festival (Ilkley)
The Blackpool Festival (Blackpool)
In the Spring / Summer term students work towards a graded group examination with the Trinity College London examination board, for which they will be entered in July. Stage 84 is a registered examination centre, thereby eliminating a requirement to travel to another Centre or for students to work in unfamiliar surroundings. We have achieved a 100% pass rate in these examinations since first entering in 1984. In 2006 we received the highest mark in Great Britain in a Group Drama exam at Grade 6 (96%) and students were awarded a prestigious Exhibition Award by Trinity College London in recognition of their achievement.
Trinity College London is a highly respected board to be examined by. Their certificates are held in high esteem and will enhance any CV. Older students holding Trinity certificates applying to further and higher education institutions will find them advantageous, as evidence of extra curricular education and development. Advanced level qualifications (Grades 6-8) are formally recognised within the UCAS Tariff for entry to UK higher education, effective from 2008.
Classes run on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings at the Old Fire Station, Idle and are organised as follows:
AC1 - (Juniors) - Ages 7-11, 5.30pm-6.30pm
AC2 - (Inters) - Ages 11-14, 6.30pm-7.30pm
AC3 - (Seniors) - Ages 14-20+, 7.30pm-8.30pm
AC4 - (Mixed age class) - Ages 7-20+, 10.00am-11.00am
Throughout the year students are expected to wear sensible clothing to enable them to move safely, easily and comfortably during acting activities. Flat shoes and trousers / bottoms are desirable, wearing of jewellery is discouraged. Hair should be tied back so the face can be seen clearly.
For group examinations held in July, all students are required to wear Stage 84 t-shirt, black bottoms, black socks and black footwear. Information here.
Stage 84 Acting classes offer young people of every age and ability the opportunity to perform for live audiences, be trained by experienced professionals, learn new skills and build confidence. Disciplines learned in our Acting classes often become life skills a young person may draw upon in later life. Every student is valued as an individual and guided to achieve their own potential. All students have the opportunity to be represented by the School for potential work in professional television, film, radio and theatre productions.
If you are interested in joining an Acting class at Stage 84, please navigate to our Contact page for contact details.