Northern Lights Drama Theatre School Shines Spotlight on Driffield and Market Weighton


Northern Lights Drama Theatre School is very excited to announce the launch of new Musical Theatre classes in Driffield and Market Weighton from January 2018. Northern Lights Drama Theatre School was established by local actors Hannah Levy and Tilly Oakshott. Originally from Hull, Hannah and Tilly left the area to train at Drama School and went on to work professionally in theatre, film and television across the UK. Hannah and Tilly felt strongly that there was a real need for professional training in the region and guidance for those that wanted to work professionally in the industry. After returning to Hull, they decided to launch their own theatre school and founded Northern Lights Drama in 2013. Hannah and Tilly have built an independent theatre school for children, young people and adults with classes already established in Anlaby, Beverley, Cottingham, Hedon, Hessle, Welton and Willerby. In January 2018 the theatre school will expand even further with classes launching in Driffield and Market Weighton.

Hannah and Tilly are very excited to be launching classes in Driffield and Market Weighton. Hannah Levy, Head of Acting at Northern Lights Drama said “There is a huge amount of creative talent in Hull and East Yorkshire which can really shine out with the right coaching and training. We have seen rapid growth in our classes throughout the last year which has allowed us to expand even further, making our classes more accessible to families in the region.” 

Northern Lights Drama does not restrict entry through audition as Hannah and Tilly see their role as developing everyone, irrespective of whether they wish to pursue a professional career or not. Tilly Oakshott, Head of Musical Theatre at Northern Lights Drama said “Our classes can help develop a young person’s confidence and interpersonal skills in addition to acting, dance or singing ability. Those who progress towards professional work in theatre, film and television are prepared for auditions and a career within the industry.” 

Northern Lights Drama Theatre School has forged strong relationships with reputable theatrical agents and casting directors to find roles for those who are seeking professional work in the industry. Abbie Vena (10) from Hornsea is currently playing the title role in Matilda in the West End, Harrison Rogers (10) from Hull and Ben Ainsworth (9) from Beverley have recently played the part of Benji in Priscilla Queen of the Desert on board the Norwegian Epic Cruise Liner in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, Joe Heatley (12) from Driffield is a feature role in the new Mercedes TV commercials and Molly Price (10) from Swanland is a regular feature role in the Motor Depot TV commercials for ITV.

The Musical Theatre classes in Driffield will be held on a Monday evening at The Methodist Church (4.30 – 6.00pm) and in Market Weighton on a Tuesday evening at The Community Hall (4.30 – 6.00pm). The classes are open to 6-11yrs and children will explore dance, acting and singing each week. The 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. “We praise and applaud all achievements, whether this is a pupil performing in front of a class for the first time or landing their first professional acting job. We strive to deliver contemporary and relevant classes for each age group that we teach, with a focus on exploring new skills and techniques whilst encouraging individual expression. Fun and enjoyment are at the heart of all that we do at Northern Lights Drama” explained Tilly Oakshott.

The theatre school’s inclusive ethos has allowed Northern Lights Drama to grow with over 250 pupils already attending the acting, musical theatre and dance classes on a weekly basis. The team at NLD has built a strong reputation, not only locally but also nationally, for the quality of its work with young people of all ages and abilities.

“We are looking forward to working with children from Driffield, Market Weighton and the surrounding area where I am sure we will help to develop skills, confidence and theatrical talent,” added Hannah Levy.

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