RECORD HIGH EXAMINATION RESULTS AT NLD!

Congratulations to all of our talented pupils who took their LAMDA acting examinations in December 2018. The results are in and all pupils passed with Merit or Distinction, with marks up to 95/100!!!

A big thank you to our acting teacher, Peter McMillan, who leads the classes. Peter is a professional actor who is able to pass on his knowledge and experience of working in the industry, directing and guiding our pupils through their acting examinations each year.

We deliver LAMDA examination classes in Acting and Musical Theatre for 6-18yrs. To be placed on the waiting list for September 2019 please call 01482 641690, email info@heynld.co.uk or go to our LAMDA examination page.

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AT NLD

Straight from our social media channels, we present to you our 12 Days of Christmas…

On the first day of Christmas NLD gave to me…

🌟FIRST CLASS FREE🌟

Come along for a FREE taster session and join our #Acting, #MusicalTheatre and #DanceClasses in 2019 🎶🕺🎭

Classes for 3-18yrs and adults across Hull and East Yorkshire. Work with industry professionals to learn new skills, build self confidence and have lots of fun!!!

On the 2nd Day of Christmas NLD gave to me…

A Theatre School Open to All!!!

At Northern Lights Drama Theatre School we do not restrict entry through audition as we see our role as developing everyone, irrespective of whether they wish to pursue a professional career or not; our training can help develop a young person’s confidence and interpersonal skills in addition to acting, singing or dance ability. Those who progress towards professional work in theatre, film and television will be prepared for auditions and a career within the industry. Our classes are designed to aid and develop self esteem and the life skills needed to enable pupils to realise their full potential, at whatever age.

On the 3rd day of Christmas NLD gave to me…

Learn to dance with Tilly, every Saturday in Welton!!!

Led by company director, Tilly, our dance classes for children (6yrs+) are fun, energetic and an opportunity to strut, ‘hair flick’ and feel like a star! Explore different dance styles from commercial to musical theatre, learning choreography to the latest chart topper and hit Broadway shows. A great class for budding performers and those who need a bit of fabulousness in their day.

On the 4th day of Christmas NLD gave to me…

Professional Acting Classes for 7-18yrs!!!

Our Acting Classes for children 7-11yrs and 12-18yrs are led by professional actor, Jessica Duffield, and NLD co-founder, Hannah Levy in #Cottingham (Saturdays) and #Willerby (Thursdays). The classes explore group drama games and exercises, improvisation, devising and script work to help pupils to think on their feet and respond imaginatively to different scenarios. Each pupil is encouraged and supported by industry professionals to become a more confident and well-rounded performer.

We are not a theatre school that constantly churns out productions. From experience we know it is far more useful for pupils to have time to focus on learning new skills and techniques which will enable them to develop as performers.

We will be working towards a spectacular summer showcase performance in June 2019 which family and friends will be invited to attend.

On the 5th day of Christmas NLD gave to me… 

A dance masterclass with Jon Beney in 2019!!!

Back by popular demand, join top UK dance practitioner and movement director, Jon Beney, in an exclusive dance masterclass at Northern Lights Drama in March 2019.

Venue: Welton Memorial Hall, 33 Cowgate, Welton, HU15 1ND

Date: Sunday 10th March 2019

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Age: 7 – 16 years (open to all children, not just NLD pupils)

Cost: £20 per child

Limited Places Available.

On the 6th day of Christmas NLD gave to me…

NEW Musical Theatre LAMDA examination classes led by professional actor Annie Kirkman, launching January 2019!!!

LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding organisations. The exams are about achievement, recognising and rewarding the endeavours of each individual, but they are also about empowerment. The aim is to provide children with the opportunity to develop the life skills needed for success; attributes such as self-confidence and the ability to communicate and present ideas clearly. We provide LAMDA examination classes in Acting and Musical Theatre for children 6 – 18 years. We are a registered private LAMDA centre which allows our pupils to take their examinations at our school each year.

A little bit more about our new Musical Theatre LAMDA Teacher Annie…

Hi, I’m Annie, I’ve been performing since I was little and have been lucky enough to work all over the world, telling stories on stage. “Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living”, to quote Dr. Seuss, and this is exactly why I love my job.

I trained in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in Musical Theatre where I graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree in 2013. Since then, I’ve worked internationally with various companies including LAF in New Zealand and as a part of the Festival of Cabaret in Mexico City.

I’m a founding member of She Productions, company in residence, at the East Riding Theatre and have co-written and performed in shows such as MissCast, Beverley Does Broadway and The StorytEllas. Most recently, I was part of the writing team and cast in our first UK tour, It’s Different for Girls, inspired by Hull 1960’s girl-band Mandy & the Girlfriends.

I can’t wait to join the NLD team in January 2019!

On the 7th day of Christmas NLD gave to me…

Lunchtime clubs, after-school clubs, curriculum themed workshops and performance opportunities at local schools!!!

We deliver clubs in Dance, Acting and Musical Theatre or let us know your class topic or theme and we will create a fun and engaging drama workshop for your school. We offer drama workshops for any curriculum topic, theme or book. Half or full day workshops are available for KS1, KS2, KS3 & KS4 pupils.

Previous examples of workshops include Anti-bullying, The Vikings, Romeo & Juliet, The Egyptians, Clowning, Medieval Times and Space Exploration. Whatever you are studying, we can offer a workshop that suits your pupils. We also offer workshops, activities and performance-based projects that can be incorporated into a school’s transition programme for their local feeder schools.

We have built strong working relationships with local schools in Hull, East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, delivering lunch time and after school clubs, curriculum themed workshops, Key Stage 3 Drama and Year 7 transition activities.

We are proud to be a DRET endorsed organisation providing enrichment opportunities and sharing our skills and expertise with pupils at David Ross Educational Trust schools.

On the 8th day of Christmas NLD gave to me…

Musical Theatre Classes for 3-18yrs in #Beverley, #Hedon, #MarketWeighton, #Welton and #Willerby!!!

Book your #FREE taster session today.

Our Musical Theatre classes are for children 3 -18 years and explore the three different elements of Musical Theatre: #Drama, #Dance and #Singing. Each pupil is encouraged and supported by industry professionals to become a confident and well-rounded performer.

Explore hit musicals from #Broadway, the #WestEnd and #SilverScreen, jumping into the world of #Frozen, #MeanGirls, #Wicked and #MaryPoppins (to name just a few).

On the 9th day of Christmas NLD gave to me…

Holiday Workshops!

Next up is our February Half-Term Workshop 10am-3.30pm on Tuesday 19th February at Hull Collegiate School in #Anlaby.

Open to all children 3-16yrs (not just NLD pupils). Work with our team of industry professionals as they lead you through fun and exciting #singing, #dance and #acting workshops, culminating in a spectacular showcase performed on stage at the end of the day to an audience of family and friends.

🌟Only £28 per child🌟

Limited places available.

On the 10th day of Christmas NLD gave to me…

Strong relationships with reputable theatrical agents and casting directors!!!

We (Hannah and Tilly, the founders of NLD) are originally from Hull and left the area to train at Drama School, going on to work professionally in theatre, film and television across the UK. We felt strongly that there was a real need for professional training in the region and guidance for those who wanted to work professionally in the industry. After returning to Hull, we decided to launch our own theatre school and founded Northern Lights Drama in 2013.

Since the launch of NLD it has been very important to us, as an independent theatre school and trained actors ourselves, to pass on our knowledge and understanding of the industry to help a select few of our pupils, who have the drive, talent and love for performing, to find professional representation, training opportunities, and work…

For TV, pupils have had feature roles and appearances in ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Casualty’, commercials and campaigns for ‘Mercedes’, ‘Frubes’, ‘Weetabix’, ‘Motor Depot’ and ‘Bauli Italia’. For Film ‘The More You Ignore Me’. For Theatre ‘Matilda the Musical’ in the West End, ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ on board the Norwegian Epic Cruise-liner, Summer Season at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre in York, It’s A Wonderful Life’ and ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ at the East Riding Theatre in Beverley, ‘Peter Pan’ at Hull New Theatre, ‘Mercury Fur’, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Aladdin’ for Middle Child Theatre.

On the 11th day of Christmas NLD gave to me…

Acting Classes for Adults with Additional Needs!!!

In our Monday night Acting Class for Adults with Additional Needs we explore story-telling, improvisation, poetry and script work, all in a supportive and inclusive environment, encouraging creativity and openness.

We work at the pace of the individuals in the group, helping them to make new friends and to gain confidence working together.

We consider emotions, and how humans respond to given circumstances, to gain a better insight into social situations and their complexities.

Most importantly, we have lots of fun and develop the ability to work with others to gain the confidence to stand up and perform.

Join us every Monday 6.00 – 7.00pm at Hessle Town Hall. Carers are welcome to attend and all sessions are led by industry professionals who have previous experience of working in special schools and delivering drama workshops for adults with additional needs.

We offer a FREE trial to all new students and fees work out at £7.00 per week thereafter.

On the 12th day of Christmas NLD gave to me…

A NEW term starting Monday 7th January 2019!!!

Happy New Year to you all 🎊

We have so much planned for the upcoming Spring Term, jam packed full with new material ready to learn and explore with our MusicalTheatre, Acting, LAMDA and Dance classes for 3-18yrs and adults, led by our fantastic team of industry professionals. Plus our February Half-Term Holiday Workshop on Tuesday 19th February, an exclusive Masterclass with top UK choreographer, Jon Beney, on Sunday 10th March, and a special announcement at the end of the spring term, revealing the details of our Spectacular Summer Showcase Performances in June 2019.

Come along for a FREE taster session! We run weekly classes, holiday workshops and masterclasses for 3-18yrs and adults in Anlaby, Beverley, Cottingham, Hedon, Hessle, Market Weighton, Welton and Willerby. All classes are led by our fantastic team of industry professionals. For more information and to book please call 01482 641690, email info@heynld.co.uk or go to heynld.co.uk/contact

We look forward to hearing from you,

Hannah, Tilly and the team x

*** Keep up to date with our most recent news, pics and info by following Northern Lights Drama on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @nldrama***

PUPIL BEN AINSWORTH STARS IN CHRISTMAS AD CAMPAIGN FOR BAULI ITALIA

We are so proud of our talented pupil Ben Ainsworth (10) from Lund who stars in this lovely Christmas ad campaign for Bauli Italia #bravo!!! Last year Ben played the role of cheeky schoolboy, appearing in an episode of Emmerdale for ITV. This week Ben makes his professional theatre debut playing the lead part of William in ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ at the East Riding Theatre in Beverley 13th December 2018 – 6th January 2019.

IT’S MORE THAN JUST AN ACTING CLASS…

So far in our Monday night Acting Class for Adults with Additional Needs we have explored story-telling, improvisation and script work, all in a supportive and inclusive environment. We work at the pace of the individuals in the group, encouraging them to make new friends and to gain confidence working together.

We have considered emotions, and how humans respond to given circumstances, to gain a better insight into social situations and their complexities. We have also explored texts, such as the work of Pinter and Shakespeare, which has enabled us to use the skills we have learnt, as well as performing poems, sound scripts and improvised scenes to encourage creativity and openness.

Most importantly, we have been having fun and have been developing the ability to work with others and to gain the confidence to stand up and perform.

We really want to spread the word as the session is much more than just an acting class!

The class runs every Monday 6.00 – 7.00pm at Hessle Town Hall. Carers are welcome to attend and all sessions are led by industry professionals who have previous experience of working in special schools and delivering drama workshops for adults with additional needs.

We offer a FREE trial to all new students and fees work out at £7.00 per week thereafter. Please do get in touch if you think this is the right class for you.

To book please call 01482 641690, email info@heynld.co.uk or click the button below…

***HARRISON TO APPEAR IN HIT MUSICAL ‘PRISCILLA’ FOR A 5TH TIME***

A big GOOD LUCK to Harrison who has been chosen (for a 5th time) to play the part of Benji in ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ on board the Norwegian Epic Cruise Liner.

Harrison’s maturity, professional attitude and all round loveliness impressed the show’s producers so much that they couldn’t wait to offer him another six week run of the production. This coupled with Harrison’s amazing previous experiences on board and his love for performance, meant he packed his bag faster than you can say ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’.

Enjoy every minute and we are so proud of you Harrison. Have a fabulous Christmas in the Caribbean (we’re not jealous at all)!!!

***LEARN TO DANCE WITH TILLY – TWO WEEKS FREE!!!***

ONLY VALID UP UNTIL SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER SO DON’T MISS OUT…

Our fabulous Director, Tilly, is back from maternity leave and will be running all new Dance Classes in Welton, every Saturday morning!

Explore different dance styles from commercial to musical theatre, learning choreography to the latest chart topper and hit Broadway shows.

Tilly’s classes are fun, energetic and pupils will have the opportunity to work towards a Christmas Show.

Saturdays at Welton Memorial Hall

Intermediate Class (6 – 9 years): 10.00 – 11.00am.
Senior Class (10+ years): 11.00am – 12.00pm.

Cost: Following the TWO WEEKS FREE offer, only £5 per week thereafter.

To book please call 01482 641690, email info@heynld.co.uk or click the button below.

‘TRIPLE THREAT’ TEENAGER’S GOT TALENT

Rebecca Collier (16), from Elloughton, East Yorkshire, is living the dream after winning a full scholarship to study Musical Theatre at the Hammond in Chester; a nationally recognised centre of excellence for dance and a leading provider of vocational musical theatre, drama and music training. Rebecca was up against hundreds of young hopefuls, both from the U.K and abroad, ranging from 16 – 20 years old. 
Settling into her first week she said: “I am so lucky to be able to do what I love every day of the week. I am now even more determined to work hard to become a professional musical theatre performer.”
Rebecca attended locally based Northern Lights Drama Theatre School, where her talent as a ‘triple threat’ performer was recognised by director Hannah Levy: “Rebecca is a very talented young person who can sing, dance and act. We really focussed on developing her acting skills and audition technique at our weekly Production and LAMDA Examination Classes, led by our acting teacher, Peter McMillan – a local professional actor who was able to share and pass on his knowledge and passion for the industry.” 
Rebecca added: “I am so thankful for the help I have been given from all the teachers at Northern Lights Drama Theatre School (NLD) as they’ve helped me progress massively and achieve my dream. From my own experience NLD has given me such a high level of training and the teachers always ensure everyone, regardless of age or ability, has the opportunity to develop their talents.” 
Rebecca’s mum, Maggie Collier, said: ”I am so proud of my daughter’s drive and focus to attain her childhood dream to attend such a prestigious drama school as the Hammond. She could never have got to where she is now without the dedicated and intensive training received from Hannah and her team at Northern Lights Drama Theatre School. We are so proud of Rebecca’s achievements.”  
Rebecca attended the first round of auditions in November 2017, whilst studying for her GCSEs at South Hunsley School in Melton, East Yorkshire. She impressed the school’s faculty at every stage of the audition process and, after multiple rounds of auditions against hundreds of other applicants, was offered a place on the three year Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre. Rebecca was then invited to compete for the limited scholarships available to the school’s most talented students and  was fortunate to be awarded a full Dance and Drama Award (DADA).

NEW DRAMA INITIATIVE FOR LOCAL ADULTS WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS

The well-known power of drama to develop communication and interpersonal skills is being harnessed in a new initiative by an established local theatre school to help adults with additional needs in Hull and East Yorkshire. 
Northern Lights Drama Theatre School has announced that it will launch the new acting class next Monday 3 September with a free taster session at Hessle Town Hall from 6.00 – 7.00pm. 
“We have received a number of enquiries over the last year from adults with additional needs and their carers who are eager to find an acting class that is right for them,” explained Tilly Oakshott, Director of Northern Lights Drama Theatre School. “Drama is a powerful way to help develop confidence and is not only about acting skills but also brings many additional benefits to the hundreds of children and adults we now teach across the region.” 
Northern Lights Drama was established as an independent theatre school in 2013 by local actors Hannah Levy and Tilly Oakshott. Over the past five years they have built a trusted team who use their professional training and experience to provide high quality teaching and support to local talent across the region. 
The new class for adults (18+yrs) with additional needs will be delivered by professional actor Jessica Duffield who joined Northern Lights Drama in May this year to lead the theatre school’s acting classes for children and adults in Cottingham and Hessle. Jessica also has a breadth of experience working with children and adults with additional needs, delivering drama workshops in special schools in London, York, Hull and the East Riding. 
“Jessica is a valued member of the team” said Hannah Levy, Director of Northern Lights Drama Theatre School. “She is a very talented actor, writer and teacher who read Drama and French with Spanish at Hull University, trained professionally as an actor at Drama Studio London and then went on to gain her PGCE from the University of York. 
“When Jessica came on board as a teacher for Northern Lights Drama, we started to discuss the need and demand for an acting class for adults with additional needs in the local community and we are just thrilled to see our plans become a reality.” 
Within the new Monday evening session at Hessle Town Hall, pupils will be introduced to new skills and acting techniques in a safe environment that applauds all achievements and encourages play, expression and performance. Accompanying carers are also welcome to attend the classes to ensure the sessions are accessible to all. 
“Drama is a powerful tool that can ignite imagination and encourage independent thinking,” said Jessica. “I will lead a professional acting class that will allow pupils to make new friends, build self-confidence and ultimately have lots of fun! I am delighted Hannah and Tilly have introduced this new class to Northern Lights Drama; it reflects their awareness of how this will help adults with additional needs and the commitment of the theatre school to the local community.” 
The weekly acting classes for adults (18+yrs) with additional needs will run on a Monday evening 6.00 – 7.00pm at Hessle Town Hall, launching Monday 3rd September 2018. First class is FREE! To book please email info@heynld.co.uk or call 01482 641690.

PROFESSIONAL ACTOR, JESSICA DUFFIELD, TO LEAD CLASSES IN COTTINGHAM

We are so excited to have professional actor Jessica Duffield join the team, leading our Saturday Acting Classes in Cottingham, passing on her expertise knowledge and skills to our pupils…

Hi I’m Jessica and my very earliest performance came at age three, singing a solo of Bobby Shafto! I quickly fell in love with the theatre and performed regularly in pantomimes, school productions and play competitions.

Having successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre in 2005, I went on to read Drama and French with Spanish at University, which also included a year living in Paris.

Following my degree, I gained a place at Drama Studio London, where I trained professionally as an actor and was nominated for the BBC Carleton Hobbs Bursary Award for Radio.

Since graduating from Drama School I have toured nationally to theatres such as The Lyric Hammersmith, Nottingham Playhouse, The Yvonne Arnaud, The Criterion and the Tristan Bates Theatre. During my time in London I also worked in various mainstream primary, secondary and special schools across the city.

As a founding member of She Productions Theatre Company, company in residence at East Riding Theatre, Beverley, I have co-written and performed in shows including The Three Kingdoms and The StorytEllas.

In 2016 I completed a PGCE at the University of York and have subsequently taught French, Spanish and Drama at Hymers College, Hull. I also directed a production of Twelfth Night, one of my favourite plays, for the Shakespeare Schools Festival 2017.

I am thrilled to be joining the NLD team!

If you are interested in joining our Cottingham Acting Classes, please come along for a FREE taster session at the Zion Reformed Methodist Church on Hallgate. Join Jessica every Saturday 7-11yrs (10.00am-11.30am) & 12+yrs (11.30am-1.00pm). To book please call 01482 641690, email info@heynld.co.uk or send us a message.

Feature Film Debut for NLD Pupil Eloise Groom

We cannot wait for the cinema release of ‘The More You Ignore Me’ this Friday 6th July. Our talented pupil Eloise Groom plays the part of Young Alice alongside a stellar cast including Sheridan Smith, Mark Addy and Sheila Hancock.

‘The More You Ignore Me’ is a warm comedy drama focusing on the life of an unconventional family in 1980’s rural England, based on the book by Jo Brand and produced by Genesius Pictures. Keith English who directed the film said:

“It’s not often you read scripts as unusual and as good as this one. Jo Brand has used all her insight gained during her years as a psychiatric health worker to create a story that pulls no punches, but makes you laugh and leaves you with a wonderfully positive feeling at the end.”

Don’t miss out and GO SEE!!!