Bristol East started as a performing arts school in Totterdown a few years ago. We have since moved to state of the art facilities in Oldland Common at SBL Sports Centre. Our weekend classes take place in light spacious sprung floor studios, there is a reception, and a cafe where you can wait with a coffee! We specialise in bringing the very best of Performing Arts and Theatre Education to the local area; children can enjoy 90 minutes or three hours per week (depending on age) of high quality training with our drama, dance and singing classes for ages 4 to 18 years.
All our teachers are exceptional performers and experts in their fields: Dan Winter is a trained actor from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School who has worked in Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory, Mya Roberts is an incredibly experienced dance teacher who trained with Richard Marcel (choreographer for Strictly come dancing) and Paul Woolley has many years as an MD of Musical Theatre and pantomime and an exceptional pianist and accompanist. In drama we look at Improvisation, Vocal Training, Stagecraft, Storytelling and use of the body to create strong characterisation (to name but a few techniques). In dance we cover a huge range of genres from Hip Hop to Contemporary, Broadway, Musical Theatre style to Jazz. In singing we look at all aspects of technique and sing everything from West End hits to current pop songs, lesser know musical numbers to student requests plus of course all the material neede for our end of term shows.
We very recently performed Stagecoach Has Got Talent (Autumn) a devised show based on modern TV talent shows. In the spring we performed excerpts from various shows including the ever popular Matilda. This term we are looking at the Golden Age of Hollywood; 20s and 30s style and all that jazz!
Children who are interested in professional performing arts are invited to go to local screen-tests and auditions. The agency is great for finding fantastic local and national opportunities and many of our children at Bristol East have performed on stage at the Hippodrome in shows such as Oliver!, South Pacific and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
HOW TO FIND US
The address for our school is SBL Sports Centre, North Street, Oldland Common Bristol BS30 8TS. As you turn off onto North Street form the A4175 the turning is second on your left and there is plenty of parking in front of the building which is clearly marked SBL Sports Centre on the front. It is part of the Sir Bernard Lovell School campus but has it's own entrance.