Fair Play Performing Arts is a brand new, fresh and exciting theatre school based in Andover for performers aged 8-14 years old.
The theatre school will run two, weeklong workshops this summer holiday, offering enjoyable classes in dance, drama and singing, culminating in a showcase performance to friends and family.
Unlike many out-of-school performing arts clubs, Fair Play is led by experienced, local primary school teachers, who were inspired by their pupils to launch workshops available to all children during the summer holidays.
Kevin Hession, one of the founding directors, believes that providing children with opportunities to perform has a fundamental role to play in children’s growing enthusiasm, confidence and happiness.
“We have had the privilege to work with many talented young people in our line of work and those performers have really shone as a result of their participation in the arts. It’s incredibly worthwhile!”
Kevin’s background in youth theatre and his experience leading the arts in education have given him an insight into what makes a successful theatre school.
“The success comes down to a combination of allowing children to explore and enjoy the arts whilst nurturing their skills in performance and the three disciplines of acting, singing and dancing. Both Sarah and myself have personal experience in youth theatre but we also have a track record of developing talent with the pupils we teach.”
Sarah Rose, also a founding director, is a classically trained and qualified vocal coach with a degree in Drama. Her own experiences within the arts as a child gave her long-lasting confidence, which she now instils in the young performers she works with.
“Participating in the arts is not only good for children’s social and communication skills but also gives them long lasting memories to look back on” she said.
The workshops, priced at £80 per week, will be based at Portway Junior School in Andover and will run from Monday-Friday (9:00am until 4:00pm with an optional early drop off at 8:00am).
If you are interested in enrolling your child in one or both of the summer workshops, you can visit the Fair Play website at www.fairplay-arts.co.uk and sign up online.