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.


Online Classes!

We are still running our Spring Term 2021 classes. The classes will be in a LIVE interactive environment that your child can take part in from home. We have adapted our 'in-venue' classes to work in an engaging online Zoom environment keeping it fun! Once we are able to return to the venue, the classes will be resuming as normal.

Safety at Stagecoach

Your child is in safe hands at Stagecoach Long Ashton. We have a clear commitment to child protection and the safeguarding of our students is of the highest priority. For the full details please see For further questions please contact Olivia.

November Concert 2021

In July 2018 we got together with Disney, to perform World Record breaking concert of Beauty and the Beast. It was an incredible day and evening of song and we made some amazing memories with our fellow students from across the city. In November of this year we are planning our next big concert with other Bristol Stagecoach Schools!

From Page to Stage...

Main School - our theme this term is performance inspired by favourite literature. We'll look at some brilliant pieces of theatre from January to March 2020 across the disciplines. This is a demo term which means that you will be invited to come and watch what the students have been working on at the end of term: 21st March.

RSL Awards Autumn 19

Rock School Ltd is a globally recognised, specialist awarding body for the performing arts. These hugely popular qualifications were created for Stagecoach and this Autumn we take part in this fab performance opportunity. The beauty of these exams are that all students who take part can be assessed at the level that is right for them.

Our Teachers

Our DBS checked teachers are all experts in their field. We have directors and practitioners with hours of classroom experience or qualified teachers with degrees in the Arts; they are all skilled, energetic and enthusiastic facilitators with a passion for the Performing Arts, and dedicated to enriching children and young peoples' lives.

Into The Woods Spring 19

Spring 2019 sees the return of our annual show - which will be Into The Woods JR. A Broadway show recently made into a film starring Meryl Streep, this story sees popular fairy tales become entangled with an incredible score by Stephen Sondheim. We very much look forward staging this in March - come and join the fun!

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 year 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.

Weekly Classes

Early Stages (for ages 4-6 yrs)

Stagecoach Early Stages
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)

Stagecoach Main Stages
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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