Stagecoach Barnstaple and Bude

Welcome to Stagecoach Barnstaple and Bude where we provide quality part-time training in the performing arts for children aged 4-18yrs. Our aim is to nurture and develop young potential through singing, acting and dance classes in Barnstaple and Bude, stretching young imaginations and building confidence.

Open every weekend during term time and workshops during the school holidays, come join the fun!

The Team

Principal Kate Ridley-Holloway ADPA UKCA

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Go Go Go Joseph!

We are excited to announce that the cast of the West End UK Tour of 'Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat' will be coming to the Queen's Theatre Barnstaple for 10 show dates in November! We are even more excited to tell you that we have been asked to provide a 64 strong, children's choir to perform alongside the cast! We can't wait to get started!!

'Guernsey' Feature Film!

Over 40 of our students were lucky enough to be asked to play 'evacuees' in the filming of a new feature film 'Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society' that was filmed in Clovelly in May. The film stars Lilly James (Downton Abbey) and Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones) and our lucky Stagecoachers got to work alongisde them! An amazing experience!

Filming with Bill Bailey!

Earlier this year several of our students were asked to appear as extras in a brand new television series staring Comedian Bill Bailey! The series is set at a local Zoo and our students had to act as visitors for the day. We can't give away too much but it will be on television later this year - we will keep you posted!

India in 'Mist Returns'

Our very own India was lucky enough to be chosen to play the part of Bonnie in the short film 'Mist Returns'. Filmed in Glastonbury, India plays the character of a daughter who's Father returns from the War. We discover the emotional termoil the family face as Bonnie and her Mother try to return to 'normal' life. We can't wait to see it!!


Wow what a day we had! Some awesome performances from our Stagecoachers at the Barnstaple Christmas Lights Switch On 2016

Check out our photos and videos from the day here >>>

Peter Pan July 16th

Wow what a term we have had putting together our production of Peter Pan the Musical! The students took to the stage on July 16th in full costume, hair and makeup and wowed the audience with a great production to finish off the term. We had such fun on the day and have had great feedback from everyone that watched. A great term and a great day!

Regional Event @ Torquay!

Together with 7 other Stagecoach schools from all over the south west we performed our self-devised piece ‘You Can Be Anything You Want To Be’ in act two as part of the ‘Stagecoach Live’ regional showcase in Torquay. It was a magical day from start to finish with the students loving the opportunity to perform in a large professional theatre.

Music Video Success!

Last term our students collaborated their skills to create their very first Music Video! With a 7 minute long 'Queen Medley' the students really had their work cut out! It was a great experience to have their work professionally filmed and their vocals recorded. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day!

Amazing LAMDA Results

16 of our students aged from 7-16 years, opted to take their LAMDA Solo Acting Exams in the Spring of this year. After weeks of hard work and one to one tuition with LAMDA Tutor Mark Wakeman they got the results ... 100% PASSED!! All 16 students achieved a Merit or above with most at Distinction level! We couldn't be prouder!!

Awesome Parent Feedback

Absolutely fantastic with very caring and hard-working Principal and staff. My daughter still adores it after 3yrs. - Mr B

Through Sienna coming to you the past few weeks she has built her confidence massively. So much so that she audition for a school play and got in! She is over the moon – Thank you - Mrs R

Weekly Classes

Early Stages (for ages 4-6 yrs)

Early Stages classes run alongside the main Stagecoach schools, where young people learn skills in each of the three Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama, so it is an easy step when it is time to transfer to the next stage.

(90 minutes each week)

Main Stages (for ages 6-18 yrs)

Main Stages classes are split in three age appropriate groups, where young people learn new skills in each of the complementary Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing & drama. We nurture the shy and apprehensive, until they find their feet and voice, whilst at the same time developing and channelling those with bundles of talent, confidence and energy. We believe in the potential of every child!

(3 hrs each week)

Meet The Teachers

Principal - Kate Ridley-Holloway ADPA UKCA

Kate started her love for the Performing Arts many years ago at this very school; Stagecoach Barnstaple and Bude! This great school instilled her passion for the arts and has led to her enjoying a wonderful career, both performing and teaching.

Kate has many years of experience performing with professional touring pantomimes and shows, including working as a choreographer for London-based music videos and stage tours.

Coming back to Devon after a few years on the road, Kate discovered her love for teaching; setting up dance classes in the local area, working in primary and secondary schools, with youth and amateur dramatics groups and of course with many Stagecoach Schools both as a teacher and as Deputy Principal. During this time she also completed her Performance Arts Teaching Diploma with 'Rock School' London as well as training in many other disciplines including stunt work, cheerleading, circus skills, musical theatre and the teaching of the younger years.

With her performance background, teaching experience and love for the arts, Stagecoach Barnstaple and Bude certainly is a passion of hers!

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