Lewes Drama Collective - LDC (formerly Lewes Theatre Youth Group - LTYG)
Welcome to the award winning Lewes Drama Collective
Find out about the acting classes, theatre productions and holiday workshops that we run online and in Lewes, East Sussex - here's what we have coming up next...
Kids Virtual Summer Club
Discover a different aspect of drama this Summer holiday through radio drama - a really fun way to focus on voice, characterisation, improvisation and how to use sound effects.
Our students currently meet via Zoom throughout school term time to learn about the world of performing arts through fun drama games and theatre productions that provide the skills needed to become an extraordinary performing artist.
When things return to normal and we may meet up in person again, our students may again try their hands at stage management, directing, lighting and sound, costume design, as well as a variety of theatre production skills.
Learning how to act
Each of our groups are coached and directed by professional actors and teachers who use specialist acting exercises, games and focused drama workshops to create a didactic experience that will drive the students to achieve their best whilst having a great time.
Our stage acting and performing arts learning process involves:
- character analysis and development
- vocal training
- movement and interpretation
- text evaluation
- scene study
- regular feedback
- individual and group tuition
As well as performing monologues, taking on scripted roles and devising their own pieces, students can work with experienced back stage crews in order to learn more about the entire process of theatre production.
During normal times, we proudly offer our students regular access to the excellent rehearsal space and stage at the All Saints Centre in Lewes.
Led by Tim Rowland, James Firth-Haydon and Timothy Telford, Lewes Drama Collective members produce a number of theatre shows each year within a packed programme that offers all participants to practice their craft in different stage settings.
Productions and Performances
Our Junior Club was founded in 2015 and have already put on some fantastic productions, including The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, The Wizard of Oz and Rudyard Kipling's classic tale of The Jungle Book. Their latest production was a brand new panto inspired by the 300 year old legendary tale of Robinson Crusoe. The Junior Club's next production will be the RSC version of Arabian Nights adapted by Dominic Cooke.
The award winning Youth Group has been running for over a decade now and over the years, members have presented shows on stage at the All Saints Centre and in the past as part of Lewes Little Theatre's main season, including His Dark Materials - Part II and His Dark Materials - Part I, Robin Hood, Around the World in 80 Days, Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
The next planned productions that the Youth Group are:
- This Changes Everything by Joel Horwood - October 2020
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding (adaptation by Nigel Williams) - October 2020
Our Senior Group performed their very first show at the All Saints Centre in Lewes on 15th September 2019 titled Beatus Medium - a brand new play by Tim Rowland. Their last production was Dracula: The Bloody Truth, which went down very well indeed.
Saturday Acting School students have created their own unique multi-media productions, and performed Pinero's Victoriana comedietta - Trelawny of the 'Wells' on Saturday, 14th April. The next production in their schedule will see the group sharing the stage with the Youth Group for Floyd Dell's - King Arthur's Socks and Other Village Plays on 27th September at 3pm in the All Saints Centre in Lewes.
Other productions that our students have performed include an array of current and traditional stories such as: The Adventures of Jason and the Argonauts, Collected Grimm's Tales, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Animal Farm and a number of unique variety shows wherein students showcase their talents and get to choose their own pieces and performing arts methods.
Students are aged 5 years and up, and come from Lewes (East Sussex, UK), Seaford, Newhaven and Brighton as well as surrounding villages across East Sussex.
New students join each term, and most members have been with us for at least 2 years, with some for over 15 years!
We are proud to offer a free taster session for our virtual classes to anyone who would like to try us out.
100% learning experience
In our Student Satisfaction Survey, 100% of our members said that they enjoy the workshop content and learning environment, and that have become more able to focus on tasks.
It is very reassuring to know that since the students have started with us, the majority also feel more positive, better about themselves and more confident when trying something new.
Here are just a few comments from some of our students:
- “I joined to learn how to act and be on stage. What I like most is that the tutors teach us like professionals.”
- “I enjoy learning new acting styles and skills.”
- “I have learnt many on stage and off stage techniques.”
Offering fun and educational weekly drama workshops for ages 5 and up, we also provide additional professional one-to-one tutoring opportunities...
An opportunity for girls and boys aged between 5 and 10 years to learn about the world of performing arts through fun drama games and theatre productions during term time each Thursday afternoons (usually at The Unity Centre in Lewes, BN7 2LE).
Our largest group of 11 to 19 year olds meet Thursday early evenings during school terms to rehearse each term for a new production (usually at Trinity Church South Malling, BN7 2JA). The group present major productions which require additional rehearsals on some Wednesdays and Sundays.
Productions, games and the opportunity to take Trinity College London’s Acting and Speaking Exams each term on Saturday mornings (usually at The Royal Oak in Lewes, BN7 2DA) and are suitable for people aged 11 and up.
Break free from your day to day routine, forget your responsibilities for a while and participate in freedom of movement and expression. Join us for productions and tuition on Monday evenings during school term time (usually at Trinity Church South Malling in Lewes, BN7 2JA) to learn how to act, improve your presentation skills, boost self confidence and develop your understanding of performing arts techniques.
During Easter and summer school holidays we offer very interactive and didactic experiences incorporating fun games and professional exercises, that develop key skills and help students push themselves further as performing artists.
New students receive a FREE Drama Taster Session.
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Cancellation Policy: For any of our groups, workshops or classes we require at least 4 weeks notice for any cancellation of membership.
If a student starts the term and leaves, no refund can be offered, or if no payment has been made before the term begins and no notice has been given then a £15 cancellation fee will apply.
Mr Tim Rowland, BA (Hons) Perf. Arts (act)
Tim trained at Sir Paul McCartneys’ Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) and has worked as a professional performer, writer and director for over 15 years. He is a fully qualified (QTS) and experienced Performing Arts teacher and has jointly run the group since 2010. He is fully CRB / DBS checked.
James Firth-Haydon, BA (Hons) Perf. Arts
After graduating from London’s Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 1996, James has been a member of three theatre companies as an actor and has been involved with Lewes Little Theatre in main stage productions as well as teaching the group since it was restarted at Lewes Little Theatre in 2009.
We also have numerous members (such as Timothy Telford) who have stayed with us for many years and have progressed so well that they've taken on stage assistant, production assistant and teaching assistants roles.
Contact Lewes Drama Collective
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From Our Timetable:
1: Junior Drama Classes in Lewes
Thursdays at 16:15 - 17:30
Lewes Drama Collective: 07793 081346
Thursdays during term time only for girls and boys aged between 5 and 10 years.
The cost per child differs each term depending on how many weeks there are within each term.
Free taster session available for new students!
To book a place in our Junior Club, please call Tim on 07793 081346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org