Stagecoach Bristol South West


Long Ashton


We believe that the personal development gained by studying the Performing Arts to be invaluable.  Confidence, memory, concentration, presentation skills, critical thinking, social skills; these are just some of the areas that will be enhanced by your child taking part in our classes.  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 our dance, drama and singing classes in Bristol.


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.  You can find out more about exam and qualification opportunities here:



Our classes run for 90 minutes or 3 hours (depending on age) at Birdwell School, Long Ashton during school term time.  We have a long partnership with the school and Olivia the Principal has been running classes developed for children and young people in the local area and beyond, for over 12 years.


We have developed a unique Educational Framework for each stage of learning. To have a look at the structure we work from  click here:



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 with like minded friends! Contact us now and book your trial for our acting classes, dance lessons and singing tuition in Bristol!

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

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


Spring 24 - The Oscars!

Welcome to a star studded term that you wont forget! We will celebrate the very best of the silver screen as we create our very own award winning performances at Stagecoach culminating in a demo for our families on the 23rd March. Come and join the fun on Saturdays between 10am and 1pm!

Inspiring Performance

At Stagecoach Long Ashton our aim is to create a space where all children feel involved and encouraged to be creative and confident. We work on a wide repertoire of material with our industry pro teachers to create inspiring briefs and performances, which delight and entertain. These life skills help our children and young people as they grow.

Early Stages

Early Stages is designed especially for 4-6 year olds, and supports learning in literacy, numeracy and confidence through creative play! Each class is capped at 18 students and runs for 90 minutes; 30 minutes each of drama, dance and singing. These classes perfectly prepare our students to move on to our older group, having mastered the basics.

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 all of our students to feel that their voice is heard, and that they have something unique to bring to the Performing Arts. Within our group learning set up, we recognise that all of our students have individual strengths.

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.

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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