Summer Schools

Since 2000 we have been running our popular Summer School for children aged 5 to 14. We produce a play in just a few days with a live performance to friends and family on the last day. Each year we develop a show for the experience and age of those involved. Everyone has the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the production from acting and dancing to prop and set making. This fun project is for all those with an interest in performing but no experience is necessary.

Join us for a colourful and lively week; a great way to start the summer holidays!

The Pirates of Rock Island – Summer School 2017

Ahoy Me Harties! Join us as we set sail for the seven seas for Direct Theatre’s Summer School. Two pirate crews set out to unlock the treasure of Rock Island in a desperate race to be crowned the next Pirate King. Will it be Captain Flint and his odd ball crew of one eyed pirates? Or Cutlass Kate and her band of ruthless brigands? Polish your cutlasses and dig out your treasure maps and join us as we create a play full of swash bucking adventure in just five days!

The Pirates of Rock Island – Summer School 2017
Ages 5 – 14
Mon 24 — Fri 28 July 2017
9:30am – 3:30pm (daily)
(Performance 2.30pm on Fri)
St. Christopher’s Church, Burleigh Rd, Southbourne BH6 5DW
£105

Click here to download a booking form.

Previous Summer Schools

Matilida

This summer as we stepped into the magical world of ‘Matilda’ one of Roald Dahl’s most imaginative and best loved stories. Matilda Wormwood is only five years old, but she is a genius. Unfortunately, her parents are too stupid to notice. Worse, her horrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is a bully who makes life difficult for Matilda and her friends. But what Miss Trunchbull doesn’t know is that Matilda has a trick or two up her sleeve…

“Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.”

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The Wizards Champion

With wands at the ready as we welcomed a new term at ‘The Abracadabra Academy’ of Witches and Wizards. Under the all seeing eye of Professor Bimbledore, two house captains battled it out to see who would be crowned The Wizards Champion. Head boy Angel Goodbody and his gang of perfect prefects turned out to be not as angelic as they first appeared. A fun, exciting play full of potions and polyjuice!

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Elsa’s Journey

Inspired by the Disney movie ‘Frozen’ we wrote a brand new play which took the much loved characters on a new adventure full of twists and surprises. We created a play in just 5 days; a tale of magic, adventure, trolls and snowballs!

Elsa’s Journey – Time has moved on in the kingdom of Arendelle, but on the evening of a grand ball the palace is attacked by an evil Ice Lord and his henchmen. Can Princess Elsa save the day?

 “Let it go!” with Direct Theatre School

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Midsummer Nights Dream

In just a few days we created a play inspired by Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream. We discovered a magical world of fairies and sprites set in the Enchanted Forest of Arden, our very own adaptation written especially for children. A fun, enchanting tale of crossed lovers, magic potions, warring fairies and even the odd donkeys head thrown in for good measure!

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The Pirates of Treasure Cove

Ahoy me ‘earties! 5 days of Swashbuckling fun as we set sail across the seven seas in search of Boot Laced Bill’s Lost Booty. A jolly new Direct Theatre School production with drama, excitement and fun for all!

Oliver Twist

Consider yourself at home as we bring to life Dickens timeless story of Oliver Twist. The ever popular story of the little boy who asked for more! An original Direct Theatre script with parts for all and including all your favourite characters Oliver, Nancy, Fagan, and, of course, the Artful Dodger. Food, glorious food…. will you too be dreaming of hot jelly and custard?.