Stagecoach Faringdon

Welcome to Stagecoach Performing Arts Faringdon. 
Our dynamic and experienced team of teachers and industry professionals specialise in singing, dance, drama, performance and stagecraft.
Our mission as a team is to create an environment of fulfilment, where children can enrich their childhood in a safe and fun space, perform and be proud of their contribution, no matter what their skills level. We encourage them to ask for help and embrace their differences. We always work as one team, a group of friends and Stagecoach family.  All students are taught in groups of 18 or less. 
If your child is looking for a career in the performing arts this is an excellent foundation for further education. On the other hand, if they don't want to pursue a career in the arts their time at Stagecoach will not be wasted. They will learn life skills which, as young adults, will enable them to walk into an interview, shake someone's hand with confidence, and maybe even present in public. If they have the ability to bring a story to life and confidently present themselves on those occasions, they will succeed in whatever life throws at them. 
If you have a confident singing, dancing diva at home or a child who would benefit from a boost in confidence, we would love to welcome your family for a two-week trial.  We often find during the trial, children realise they found 'their people' and they start to build life-long friendships. 

Principal James Barker BA Hons Drama

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



Calling all 4 to 6-year-olds, join us for our Christmas Holiday Workshop on Thursday 21st December. All Singing, Dancing, and Drama and jam-packed with festive fun Sibling Discount for ALL ages We accept Tax-Free Childcare, Tax-Free Vouchers and in some cases Universal Credit


We will be transporting you back to the 1980s and using the inspiration of WHAM for our jam-packed day of singing, dance, and drama! Our party spectacular ends on the dance floor, so Mums and Dads on your return for the party, don your ripped jeans and your white t.shirts and we will party like it's 1986!

2 to 6 Year Olds

During the Spring Term we will be using the Galaxy to inspire our Singing, Dance and Drama classes. Our Mini Stages Astronauts (aged 2 to 4 years) and Early Stages Astronauts (aged 4 to 6 years) will blast off into space on a mission to find the moon, the stars and the Milky way!

6 to 15 Year Olds

Spring Term is SHOW TERM for our Main Stage STARS aged 6 to 16 will be Celebrating the 70's! Disco, flares, platform boots and shiny disco balls in our home grown show called 'Blame it on the Boogie'. Lots of brilliant parts, songs and dances to learn, we can't wait to see you!

15 to 18 Year Olds

Busy Spring Term for our Further Stages students including some incredible songs, awesome choreography & amazing drama including audition & self-tape practice. The highlight is a trip to a recording studio, working with top industry professionals to lay down your vocals on three incredible tracks including a brand new & original Charity Single

18 + NEW Adult Classes

Our fun & friendly class is the ultimate safe space to develop your singing, dancing & acting skills. Everyone, of every age from 18+ are welcome, with or without prior experience. We’ve jam-packed our sessions with a heavy dollop of positive endorphins, in other words will use these three disciplines to support positive mental well-being.

NEW Musical Theatre LAMDA

We are delighted to say in addition to acting exams, from September 2023, we will now also be offering Musical Theatre LAMDA Exams. Stagecoach Faringdon, Royal Wootton Bassett and Shrivenham has a 100% pass rate, with many of our students passing with merits and distinctions.

Family Performance Picnic

We are thrilled to say we have now secured a date for our Family Performance Picnic in July 2024! This is without doubt one of the highlights of the academic year and an incredible performance opportunity for tour students and the BEST DAY OUT of the year for the whole family!

Weekly Classes

Mini Stages (for ages 2-4 yrs)

Mini Stages
Stagecoach Mini Stages (for 2 -4 year olds) 45 Minute Classes are a fun and exciting way for you and your child to actively experience the performing arts in a comfortable, relaxed and safe environment.

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)

Further Stages (for ages 15+ yrs)

Stagecoach Further Stages
Our advanced musical theatre sessions give talented students the chance to extend their performance skills.  Through in-depth training and master classes, we help students to hone their skills in singing, dancing and acting.  We also give students the confidence to audition for theatre and vocational drama schools (if that is their goal) and make sure they are well prepared for interviews and auditions. 

Fees in accordance with Main Stages.

Adult Stages (for ages 18+ yrs)

Adult Classes

Develop your skills in the three core performing arts disciplines of singing, dancing and acting with our Adult Classes. Whether you have previous experience in the performing arts or you’re a complete beginner, you’ll be able to learn something new and explore musical theatre skills in a friendly, fun and safe environment.

Holiday Workshops

Meet The Team

Principal - James Barker BA Hons Drama

James has spent the last 21 years in entertainment, he started as an ‘all singing and all dancing’ Butlin’s Redcoat, in Bognor Regis which was an excellent foundation to build his career.
From there he went to sea to work for Princess Cruises hosting daytime and evening activities including ballroom dance classes, line dance classes and gameshows. After one year he was promoted to Deputy Cruise Director and shortly thereafter to Cruise Director. James was responsible for the day to day smooth running of the Entertainment Department, which included hosting live TV shows and theatre productions. He operationally led a team of 120 performers including singers, dancers, production crew, bands, acts, DJ’s, youth and cruise staff. He was very privileged to be the inaugural Cruise Director on several brand new cruise ships during his time with Princess Cruises.
James more recently has been working on ‘dry land’ as Director of Entertainment for Warner Leisure Hotels. He was responsible for the Entertainment at all the Warner properties throughout the UK. He was responsible for the strategic planning and brand direction of the entertainment offer. His proudest moment at Warner was collaborating with the National Symphony Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to create bespoke shows that would normally only be available at the Royal Albert Hall.

James, his partner and their two children love living in Faringdon and are proud to be part of the local community. James is a warm people person, who loves to make a big difference to his team and students. He has bags of creativity to build a strong syllabus that will be fun, educational, stimulating and rewarding.
James is excited to start inspiring Creative Courage for Life in his new students.

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