Stagecoach Bristol South West

We believe that learning skills in the Performing Arts to be invaluable - confidence, memory, concentration, presentation skills, critical thinking, social skills -  just some of the areas that will be enhanced by your child taking part in our classes.  These are skills for life that we passionately believe in. Our school is a highly creative and dynamic environment where your child will learn valuable skills from industry trained professionals. We cover a wide range of theatrical styles and performance genres with our expert team across dance, drama and singing.

We offer a wide variety of performance opportunities such as musicals, devised pieces, PAA Musical Theatre and LAMDA exams, talent shows, film projects and much more. We also now offer summer schools where children and young people can get stuck into the creative process of producing a big show in one week.

Join us now for high quality engaging and memorable experiences for your child - call any time for more information and check out our Facebook page too.

Most importantly your child will have FUN! Call now to book your place for the Autumn term!

Principal Olivia Kennard - BA (Hons) Performing Arts - Drama

Your child is in safe hands. All of our Team are Enhanced DBS checked.

Meet The Team


Early Stages Show 2019

All of our 4- 6 year olds will be invited to take part in a special Early Stages Showcase next March the 24th in Bournemouth. Students will take part in an exciting Jack and the Beanstalk workshop culminating in a lovely performance in the theatre for friends and family. More info coming soon!

Autumn term

After a busy year of large scale performances and Musical Theatre - this Autumn term's focus will be on drama. Script work, how to build a character, and deliver a great performance on stage - it's all in there this term, with a look at some one-act plays and other fantastic material (of course we will sing and dance too....!)

Beauty and the Beast 2018

We got together with Disney to perform an exclusive World Record breaking attempt of performing Beauty and the Beast on the 1st July 2018 and Stagecoach Long Ashton took part. This timeless musical concert was performed by our students as part of national bid for the world record - we are now waiting for the result...

Bristol Hippodrome 2018

Last term for the first time, and to help celebrate our 30th anniversary we performed live at the Bristol Hippodrome with the first Stagecoach Showcase. Every student had the opportunity of treading these famous boards, and had a glimpse into the wonderful world of this beautiful theatre.

Warhorse Workshop

Last term we enjoyed a Warhorse Workshop with Associate Director of Movement and Puppetry with Warhorse - Matthew Forbes. All the students had an 80 minute workshop and learned how to 'animate' a person made from paper. It a was fascinating learning experience making the puppet 'breathe' and have 'weight' - both important to an audience.

Our Teachers

Our DBS checked teachers are all experts in their field - ex and current performers with lots of classroom experience, qualified teachers with degrees in the Arts; they are skilled energetic and enthusiastic facilitators with a passion for the Performing Arts and how they can enrich children and young peoples' lives.

Performance Opportunities

We are always actively looking for performance opportunities at Stagecoach Long Ashton and love to get out into the community to share our love of the Performing Arts, both in the local area and across Bristol. If you know of a local event that we could perform at - please let us know and WATCH THIS SPACE!

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)

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - Olivia Kennard - BA (Hons) Performing Arts - Drama

Olivia graduated from Middlesex University in 2002 with a degree in the Performing Arts - Drama. Olivia started working in local television at age 16 and subsequently worked as a researcher/reporter for HTV West and Presenter for Endemol networks.  After graduation back in the UK Olivia continued to work professionally with corporate clients including the Arcadia Group and GAP.  Performance credits include ‘Margaret’ in Much Ado About Nothing with The British Touring Shakespeare Company, Casualty for the BBC, and acting work for Channel 4.  An experienced voice over artist, she have also recorded content for corporate clients, ITV Carlton and educational content for English language learning material during her time living in Hong Kong.

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