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Who are Drama Academy?

Simon Law, the Managing Director of Drama Academy, has been involved in Theatre Arts for over 29 years and founded 5 Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools in Spain where he was the Principal from 1998 to 2004.

He has directed many shows and taught drama at many schools including Stowe in Buckinghamshire and Churchers College in Petersfield.

Starting at Rowan Preparatory School in Claygate in 2014, as a peripatetic LAMDA teacher, with just 17 students, things started to grow there and it eventually took off. There are now 117 students, from Years 2 - 6 and we now employ two teachers at that school. Classes run in groups of 8 - 14, depending on the age, and are before school, lunchtimes and after school.

So, why did it take off?

Parents want their children to have fun in their drama classes, whilst achieving a qualification, and LAMDA has the name.

With varying numbers in each class, it’s tricky to find the right set piece for the particular child that they enjoy and will perform well. But, with group work this all changes, but finding a really good group script for 3 or 4 that meets the criteria of the LAMDA exam is not easy. This is where https://scriptsandsketches.com/ come in.

As an online publisher (also owned solely by us) we have an agreement with LAMDA that the scripts can be used for their exams. This opens up a whole new world of script work and flexibility for the exam content. Simon writes new scripts usually based on the students' improvisations, so they are funny, not at all serious, and adapts other group scripts for exams to get the parts right and timing correct for each grade. Both Duologue and Group scripts are covered with some great fun choice timeless classics again adapted from such books and movies as Malory Towers, Matilda, The Parent Trap, The Grinch etc.

Children love to act, but they do need to learn to articulate and project, then most of them are natural. All the drama exercises are fun and play to the children's sense of humour, mostly adapted or written by us. Speaking Verse and Prose exams are worked toward in Years 2 and 3, then we move onto acting exams from Years 4 - 6.

Regular performance opportunities in the form of open classes, showcases at the school, and some local Drama festivals are also run. 

The classes are fun, but structured, with a goal at the end of the tunnel, a LAMDA Exam Certificate and report.

Our aim is to provide a nationwide quality service to customers with an emphasis on personal service and professionalism. We aim to build up a strong two way working relationship with all our franchisees, and make the Drama Academy name synonymous with excellence.

So if you’re looking for a Franchise opportunity with some real strengths search no more.