Update January 2021: Group classes have been temporarily suspended due to Covid-19. We are hoping to start back in February 2021 so please watch this space for further updates, including term dates and revised fees. Rest assured that parents/guardians of current students will be notified by email. You can find more information, including Covid-19 safety measures, on the drama groups page here
actfirst drama® offers term-time after school children’s drama classes, for children aged 7 to 17, in the Hampton Hill area of South West London, convenient for Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton, and Richmond-upon-Thames.
Founded in 1999, actfirst drama® is dedicated to providing high-quality professional tuition in a fun and informal environment, plus the opportunity to perform on stage. A member of the National Association of Youth Theatres (NAYT), we aim to inspire and develop drama and performance skills – mainly acting, and also incorporating movement and mime. Most importantly students learn, through drama, to develop the communication, confidence and teamwork skills essential to their future careers. The emphasis is always on fun!
Students are also offered the opportunity to take examinations in Acting, Speaking Verse and Prose, or Speaking in Public, through LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art), and actfirst drama students have achieved a 100% pass rate, with the majority achieving distinctions or merits.
How To Book
If you would like to book a place for any of the Children’s Drama Classes, please go to the booking page.
For more info and to book a FREE trial class, please contact Jacquie on 07956 441481.
Many congratulations to all students for their outstanding shows at Hampton Hill Theatre in December. The Senior’s production of “Macbeth” was inspiring – they all rose to the challenge and the audience’s comments reflected their hard work and talent (“like seeing a professional production…”!) The performance of “Scrooge” was a sell-out, with the audience loving it and the cast having a great time as well as delivering really strong performances. Well done to all.
Congratulations to Suri for her continued success, being cast in professional productions, most recently “The Wolf of Wall Street” in the West End. A major achievement and a great opportunity! Well done Suri.
Congratulations to LAMDA students for outstanding Autumn term exam results. All Distinctions or high Merits. Brilliant!
What people say about actfirst children’s drama classes:
“Both my sons have been attending Jacquie’s drama classes for a number of years. My eldest suffers from anxiety disorder and my youngest is on the autistic spectrum.
Jacquie’s is the one class that they both love going too and has given them enormous confidence and enjoyment. Jacquie knows how to bring out the best in them and a remarkable teacher, who cares for every budding actor /actress in her groups.
My eldest son has been taught and completed Lamda 1&2 with exceeding high marks but most importantly Jacquie made it fun. Jacquie just knows what parts would be best suited to him. Then with her expertise guided and supported him to glide through the LAMDA exams with confidence, ease and even enjoying them!
I can highly recommend Jacquie’s drama groups and her LAMDA tutorials. She is truly amazing. I just wish she did an adult drama group as I would definitely be attending.” Allanah, Whitton.
“My sons have been students with Actfirst Drama for a number of years and they absolutely love going to class every week. They have both grown in confidence and skill on stage and I feel their training has helped them find their voices outside drama as well.
The best thing about Actfirst is that it’s an independent school with one amazing teacher who gets to know all the children well so she can help each one grow in their skills and confidence. Jacquie is a gifted, dedicated, charismatic educator who makes every lesson fun as well as purposeful.
Whether your child already loves the spotlight or needs a little encouragement to let their light shine, I’m sure they will enjoy being a part of Actfirst drama and develop wonderful skills they will use throughout their life.” E Purton, Twickenham.
“I wanted to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you for the very positive impact your drama classes have had on my daughter’s life. In drama she has found a real passion, thanks in no small part to your great skill and infectious enthusiasm. Coming to actfirst on Tuesdays has been the highlight of her week. Many thanks for all you have done to boost her confidence.” – Sue, Teddington.
“What a fantastic show you put on, my whole family enjoyed it so much. Before Sophia joined your drama group she was very shy but I have noticed a big difference in her. She speaks up a lot more in public and full of confidence with her peers and teachers in school.” – S.Bennett
“Jacquie is an inspiring teacher who really gives every child confidence and develops their abilities. Both my children have enjoyed enormously and gained greatly from Jacquie’s LAMDA tuition, which has boosted their confidence as well as gaining UCAS points. My daughter is now a member of the Rose Youth Theatre and had a leading role in The Rose production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: we are all convinced that Jacquie’s encouragement and expert tuition gave her the confidence and skills to gain these opportunities.” Helen, Hampton Hill.
“My son adores his drama class and is inspired and stimulated by the work they do there. It’s amazing what the class manages to achieve each term and I have watched him grow in confidence and ability over the two years that he has been doing the class. The teaching is first rate.” – M Gallagher. Twickenham
See our testimonials page for more comments from parents ….