First Saturday school of its kind for Burton

A new Saturday drama school is launching in Burton, which will also offer training in musical theatre, film acting and film production skills.

This combination of subjects will make StageScreen unique in Burton.

Singing teacher Heather Gallagher is behind the idea and will be Principal of the new school with three tutors, all professionals in their field, leading weekly classes for under-18s.

StageScreen will open for its first term on Saturday, April 22, at the Burton Albion Community Hub, Grange Street, Burton on Trent, DE14 2ER.

StageScreen will meet between 10am and 1pm and pupils will have an hour of drama and comedy acting, an hour of musical theatre and an hour of exploring film production and performance skills.

StageScreen Open Day

An open day is taking place at the Grange Street venue on Saturday, April 8, where there will be a chance for youngsters to enjoy taster classes and for their families to meet the school’s staff and find out more about enrolling.

Visit, or email, for more information. Tickets for the open day are free of charge but must be booked in advance at

Meet the team behind StageScreen

Heather, who has performed locally and nationally as a singer, actor and dancer, said: “I am very excited to announce the opening of StageScreen and I’m looking forward to working alongside some wonderful industry professionals to provide local students with an amazing opportunity to work on a unique and complementary combination of specialist areas.”

The film hour will include acting for film and TV, editing, producing, script writing, casting and directing. It will be taught by professional filmmaker Tilley Bancroft, owner of Red Door Studios.

Musical theatre classes will teach young performers safe and healthy vocal techniques and combine this with creating truthful acting performances and moving confidently on stage. Musical theatre will be taught by Megan-Louise Daniels.

Sam Thorogood, an experienced actor, director and workshop facilitator will teach comedy and drama acting. His classes will cover subjects including ensemble work, improvisation, storytelling, puppetry, clowning and speaking in verse.

Professional-standard training

Lessons will be tailored for three different age groups: six to nine-year-olds; 10 to 13-year-olds and 14 to 18-year-olds who will spend an hour with each teacher.

Heather said: “The aim is to deliver professional-standard training for stage and screen. It will be ideal for youngsters interested in making a career in the performing arts, but we will help pupils develop life and social skills that will give them confidence and enrich their lives even if they don’t choose to perform professionally.”

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 Thanks to Elaine Pritchard for the info.


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