Theatre school

At The Academy at Shotton Hall we are very proud of our theatre school which runs every Saturday during term time. Theatre school at Shotton Hall was established in 2006 and specialises in theatrical training for young people. Students at theatre school work on their techniques in the areas of dance, drama and music and have an hour on each with professional tutors for each discipline.

During the term, students work on a project that is showcased at the end of the term. Theatre school has two classes every Saturday as follows:

Age group Time
Early years (4-7 years) 9.00am - 10.00am
Main school (7-16 years)  10.00am - 1.00pm

Theatre school success

Well done to the following students who successfully landed acting roles after attending our theatre school.

March 2014

Jonah Rice

Jonah who attended Shotton Hall Theatre School for 3 years landed himself a feature role in the CBBC TV series Wolfblood.

June 2013

Olivia Armstrong

Ex-student at the Academy and theatre school student, Olivia, was cast a role in the fourth series of Vera.

June 2013

Evan Athertons

Evan was cast for a role in the fourth series of Vera, an ITV drama series.

June 2013

Harry Davidson

Harry gained a place at the Youth Music Theatre where he got to perform at a theatre in London.

September 2014

Courtney Hadwin

Courtney was cast to play Dixie in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' at the Northern Stage in Newcastle.

September 2014

Matthew Johnson

Matthew was cast to play Buster in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' at the Northern Stage in Newcastle.

September 2014

Chloe Lawton

Student at the Academy, Chloe was cast to play Dixie in 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' at the Northern Stage in Newcastle.

June 2015

Ashleigh Armstrong

Shotton Hall Theatre school student landed a role as young Ester in BBC’s George Gently, a 1960's drama series.

June 2015

Emily Atkinson

Talented student Emily landed a role as young Rachel in BBC’s George Gently, a 1960's drama series.

February 2016

Cory Roberts 

Appeared on CBBC's The Dog Ate My Homework. You can see a quick preview of his appearance here.

2017 - 2019 Connor Lawson Alumni. CBBC The Dumping Ground, BBC Casualty. 
2020 Courtney Hadwin America's Got Talent.
2022 - 2023 Mac Milroy Katie Stirman, Ken Loach Film Project.
Current Harris Miller Harris has been invited to film for an upcoming online commercial with LizardFish Productions. The online project will explore how to support students with Homework and is entitled BBC Homework Hotline. Harris says: "I have been successful in auditioning for a professional production company. The programme will look at what young people think about homework and handy revision tips for students. The programme will be shown on the BBC. It's my first professional job and I'm so excited. I attend Shotton Hall Theatre School, where I learn skills in performing arts. I am aspiring to train as a professional actor when I'm older." 

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If you are interested in joining theatre school, contact Kathryn Ackley on 0191 518 0222 or email [email protected]