Katzenmusik at the Royal Court

The Royal Court Theatre is one of the most famous and critically acclaimed theatres in the country. Being a new writers theatre, the large majority of the plays put on are original and politically relevant. It has held the work of writers including Sarah Kane, Martin McDonagh and Jez Butterworth with his iconic play Jerusalem and, most recently, The Ferryman, directed by acclaimed Director, Sam Mendes.

Drew Royal CourtEarlier in the year, Phoenix Student, Joseph Vaiana and, Ex-Phoenix Student, Drew Gregg successfully auditioned to be part the Royal Court’s Youth Company, which meant that from April 2017 they would develop and rehearse a brand new original play called Katzenmusik, written by up-and-coming playwright Tom Fowler. Drew and Joe have both appeared in multiple Phoenix Productions including, most recently, Cinderella and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so it was great to see them perform in such a prestigious place.


Drew and Joe both had significant parts in Katzenmusik, amongst a cast of 25 actors aged 14 – 20, their parts allowing them to showcase the range of their acting abilities. The play explored the effects of government and council neglect on working class towns and the feeling of anger that is left in the inhabitants of such towns. The narrative, told in reverse, was a relevant reflection of the turmoil society currently appears to be in and it was interesting to see the story told by a young generation.

Joe Royal CourtIt is always good to see Phoenix students, current and previous, continue to try and further their career in theatre and both Drew and Joe are both active in pursuing this.

Joe is now performing from 6th – 9th September in the National Youth Theatre’s 50 strong cast production of the 1970’s play Zigger Zagger at Wilton’s Music Hall, the largest music hall in the country and both Drew and Joe are auditioning for RADA’s Youth Company in the upcoming week.

Good luck to both of them!


Photo Credit: Khayam Shah

Monologue Masterclass from former Phoenix Student

Theo with the Senior Students

Sixteen Phoenix Youth Theatre senior students were lucky to attend a 3 hour monologue Masterclass by former student Theo Ancient recently, who coached them in monologue delivery with a particular emphasis on auditions for Drama School. Theo is more than qualified to run such sessions considering that after graduating from Phoenix he gained a place at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and has recently been cast as Albus Potter in the Olivier Award winning west end production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Theo, 24, gained a place at the UK’s top drama academy after 3 years of auditioning for various schools. His was cast in the role of Albus Potter as his three-year training concluded and took over the role on 24th May.Theo in his Phoenix Theatre School Days

The students, who had all prepared their own choice of monologue in the weeks preceding the masterclass were given a range of tips from mental preparation to delivery. Perhaps though, the most enlightening part of the evening was just being able to meet a former student who just a few years ago was very much the same as them – a young committed performer with aspirations to become a professional actor.

Phoenix Director Phil Dale said “It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to meet someone who has been through what can be a very daunting process and proved that with hard work and dedication, we can all achieve our aims. Theo was always a hugely committed student who has stayed dedicated to his craft as an artist and refused to give up. The whole evening was really inspirational and it was great for Theo to give up his time to come back and share what he has learnt with the next generation of future performers.”

Theo attended classes at Phoenix for several years, appearing in various showcases and productions. He is pictured above in 2008.

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Over 70 performers audition for panto

On Sunday 18th June over 70 people auditioned to be part of this years pantomime at the Rhodes. The day consisted of dance auditions, drama workshops, as well as lead role auditions in the afternoon. By the end of the day 20 talented young performers were cast to be part of our Junior Chorus. The  Junior Chorus will perform in 22 shows each from December to January, and the ensemble is made up of ages 7 to 16. Some senior chorus were also cast to be part of the ensemble and these actors will also be considered for the roles of the Seven Dwarfs.








DSC_8018The day ended with the auditions for the Principal Parts. This saw older performers sing and read for the parts of Snow White, Muddles, The Prince and The Queen’s Henchman. After this stage, Phoenix cast the young actress Abbie Middleton the title role of “Snow White”. Abbie appeared as Maria in Phoenix’s 2014 production of West Side Story and Phoenix look forward to working with her again this year. This was the only lead part cast on the day and more information will follow regarding the castings of the other principal characters.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs from the 9th December 2017 to the 6th January 2018.
It is shaping up to be the biggest pantomime the Rhodes has seen, and will be a fun-filled production for all ages!
For more information and to book online, click here.

Award Winners and Dancers Steal the Show at Harlow Playhouse

348_28The nine most recent recipients of the Phoenix Jack Petchey Achievement Awards were invited to Harlow Playhouse last week to receive their medals in the annual Jack Petchey Harlow Community Awards. The students were invited onstage to receive their awards from Guest of Honour Danny Crates. Danny is a Paralympic Gold Medallist and former world record holder and now tours the country as a motivational speaker. The nine deserving students were (bottom row, left to right) Shannon Brearey, Josh Clancy, Jude Leng, Elle Nash, Sophie O’Neill, (top row, left to right) Emily Oliver, Addie Brady, Luke Stockwell and Kai Roberts. Other local performing arts groups were also at the ceremony including Harlow Rock School, Razed Roof, Harlow Ballet and Hip Hop Pop, all of whom presented short performances throughout the evening. 454_20The organisers however saved the best till last and Phoenix KBD brought the proceedings to a dramatic conclusion with a stunningly choreographed piece to Tilted by Christine and the Queens. The rapturous applause at the end of the performance confirmed the fact that Phoenix really are the top local organisation when it comes to training in the performing arts.

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IMG_0296This award goes to a student who recently represented Phoenix in 2 large-scale productions, Peter Pan the Musical and Cinderella. As well as fantastic work on those productions, his commitment to the 2017 showcase saw him work with another student to create a really compelling dance piece about bullying.

Well Done Kai!


June 1, 2017

Luke Stockwell is the May Jack Petchey Award Winner!

This award goes to a student who has been a member of Phoenix for 4 years now. He has always demonstrated a unique style with an eye for comedic timing. The award recognizes his work and commitment over the past years but more specifically the work he put into the recent showcase, where he created […]

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May 1, 2017

The Jack Petchey April Award Winner is Addie Brady

This award goes to young student who has been with Phoenix for nearly 5 years. In that time she has proven to be a gifted and engaging performer and has always thrown herself into every role and task with enthusiasm and commitment. This award specifically recognizes her work on the recent showcase where, despite being […]

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