New performing arts school opens its doors

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A new theatre academy has opened in Eastbourne and is taking on young performers.

The My Theatre Academy is based at the Birley Centre in Carlisle Road and linked to Eastbourne College and the drama department.

Classes are on Saturday mornings between 9am-12.15pm and small groups of up to 18 students work together to showcase their talent and skills.

Behind the project is Nicky Wood, who has worked in radio and television and with some of the world’s leading singers and performers during her career, including George Michael, Jocelyn Brown, The Pet Shop Boys, Rick Astley, The Blow Monkeys and Ruby Turner.

“We are passionate about the performing arts and feel that every child can benefit from the development of theatrical skills and being a valued member of a theatre company working within the inspiring environment and facilities of Eastbourne College,” said Nicky.

“The academy is run by industry and education professionals with wide ranging experience in schools, stage, screen and the recording industry. Our staff possess the experience, knowledge and understanding required to teach practical theatre skills and inspire young people.

“The academy provides disciplined and high-quality training in the three main elements of performance drama, dance and voice – with a programme developed specifically for children aged seven-13 years.

“In addition to these three elements students will be encouraged to focus on personal presentation, self discipline and team building.

“The performing arts offer enormous benefits to a child’s development. Encouraging and supporting students to develop their individual talents, grow in confidence and self reliance whilst appreciating the value of teamwork in a structured and friendly environment.”

Nicole is a voice coach and works alongside Lucy Marriott-Dent, Kirsty Hamilton-Reid, Tim Cook and Gavin Robertson at the academy.

The venture is being supported by Eastbourne College and director of drama Tim Marriott, an experienced performer, writer, director and teacher who starred in seven series of The Brittas Empire for the BBC.

He said the academy was meeting a need in the town to provide young people interested in drama with tuition from industry and education professionals rather than amateurs.

The MTA’s first term closed on Saturday with what Nicky called a bright and energetic showcase of the work children have been doing in voice, dance an drama.

“Pupils performed scenes and performed ensemble routines and songs from movies and musicals but also demonstrated some of the exercises and techniques they have been learning, revealing a neat balance of focus and fun,” said Nicky.

The new term at MTA starts on Saturday April 10 and spaces are filling fast. For more information or to book places visit or call Nicky on 07518 970610.