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.


Summer Term in person :)

We're so excited to return to Birdwell School for our classes starting on the 24th April! After a few months online, we are so looking forward to seeing everyone again and getting creative. Our theme is the discography of Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Come and join us!

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!

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.

Be heard at Stagecoach

Working together, having fun and being creative is at the forefront of the learning and great for mental health. We want to empower all of our students to feel that their voice is heard, and that they have something unique to bring to the Performing Arts. We try foster creativity at Stagecoach, and create as much opportunity as we can.

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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