BigKids drama classes for children aged 11-16

What happens in a BigKids workshop?

Our BigKids Acting workshops will introduce your child to more advanced techniques and processes essential in performance. Children study a variety of areas in greater depth including Physical Theatre, Shakespeare, Monologues, Script Work, Stanislavski, Improvisation, Devising, Stage Combat, Musical Theatre, Mime, Comedy, LAMDA examinations and more.

A fantastic program teaching real dramatic skills in a fun environment my daughter absolutely loves. Highly recommend. Ady’s mum, Stoke Newington

How will your child benefit?

Our aim is to build childrens’ confidence, stage presence and versatility as an actor, and expose them to more advanced performance techniques to aid their individual development as actors. Our innovative BigKids curriculum provides children with a comprehensive tuition to become more confident performers on stage, as well as developing essential life skills including creativity, communication and cooperation.

Material is explored through activities including

  • Role-play and character development
  • Movement, physicality, body language
  • Use of voice (pitch, projection, clarity, tone, pace)
  • Stimulus devising and improvisation
  • Responsiveness to a scene or character
  • Effective staging and transitions
  • Shakespeare
  • Practitioner exploration (Brecht, Stanislavski)
  • Choral speaking
  • Genre exploration

Who leads our workshops?

We have an amazing team of highly-qualified practitioners providing opportunities in every workshop for your child to immerse themselves in the wonder of theatre and performance. All our Lead Practitioners have trained at prestigious Performing Arts Schools or have an abundance of experience in theatre, TV or film. We have a rigorous recruitment process in which all our practitioners are subject to comprehensive background DBS checks and complete online child protection courses.

Where is your nearest BigKids workshop?

How will you know how your child is progressing?

Parents receive personalised written feedback every term on their child’s development and successes, and our practitioners are always contactable if you have any questions. 

BigKids share performance work at 3 stages throughout the year, allowing you to regularly celebrate your child’s achievements and progress.

We are not an acting agency, however we regularly forward casting and voice work if appropriate opportunities arise.

How is ShowKids different to other theatre schools?

We are a local, independent East London company- not a large franchise. Our original content, themes and projects are created by Natalie and adapted by our practitioners for each individual class. The content of your child’s workshops will be carefully created and tailored to their own needs, interests and abilities, to ensure they are challenged and supported to grow in confidence and progress at their own pace. We incorporate simple mindfulness techniques into our workshops to improve focus and well-being.

How much do workshops cost?

We pride ourselves on providing outstanding but affordable performing arts training. Our workshops cost just £40 per month, with sibling discounts available. To make payments easier to manage, you simply set up a monthly direct debit; paid throughout the year. You have complete control, and can cancel payments at any time with a month’s notice.

We are thrilled that many children who started with us as a Minikids have grown through our MidiKids courses and are now graduating to our BigKids classes! We know your child will love it too. Book their FREE trial workshop today.

Following advice from Public Health England and the Department for Education, we've worked hard  to adapt our workshops and holiday courses to meet the latest government guidelines whilst maintaining all the benefits of our safe, confidence-building environment and developing social skills with evermore focus on wellbeing.  

Read how our workshops are Covid-Compliant here