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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December 28, 2016

Christmas fun everywhere at Phoenix!

by Phoenixphil

in Classes,Showcases

Primary Christmas Showcases

When it gets to December the Christmas spirit comes out at Phoenix and the Primary age students work towards their Christmas showcases. This year spread the fun of Christmas across a variety of ages and stages, ending the Autumn Term of Phoenix with some magic!

The Fledglings in Harlow put on the tale of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer at Burnt Mill Academy, filled with antlers and shiny noses, ending with Santa Claus visiting the students in Merry Christmas send off!







Our Primary Class in Harlow performed their annual Pets Corner Nativity, welcoming friends and family to a colourful performance of the Christmas Story!







In our Bishop’s Stortford branch, the Fledglings and Primary class came together to put on their own version of the Christmas Nativity which took place on the Rhodes Stage with the Cinderella Pantomime Set!







We hope everyone had a great Christmas and we look forward to see what the new year will bring!

To see more photos of the showcases click here!


April 30, 2014

Phoenix Clown Workshop

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Classes

The loveable Clowns are back!

It’s what every young Phoenix student aspires to; that coveted title that puts you amongst an elite crew, the satisfaction of being able to say ‘I am one of the Phoenix Clowns’. After their debut stage performance at the Rhodes Got Talent 2012 Competition, the Phoenix Clowns have popped up on the odd occasion to help promote the theatre school and various productions, but now they’re back in force to once again compete in the Rhodes Got Talent 2014 Competition.

However, it’s not just about the competition, as the group of 19 Phoenix Clowns prepared with an intensive two day workshop during the Easter holidays, on the 16th and 17th April. The first day of the workshop was run by Joanna (Joey) Robinson, a member of the Told By An Idiot Company, a world renowned clown and commedia performance company. She was a clown with Cirque Du Soleil for three years and has also taught clown workshops at The Globe. She taught the students about the clown, how he/she reacts to the world, and about how to form a relationship with the audience, emphasizing the need to be brave and creative whilst portraying a clown. They were a fantastic group who Joey was in awe of, with their ability to play and have fun with her ideas and instructions. Josh Copsey’s rendition of the Slovakian Eurovision entry from the 1970s in his gold sequinned hat was a highlight, as was the all-boys rendition of Cell Block Tango (with Katie Miller as the token girl)! But overall, there were so many lovely moments from all 19 of the clowns, both old and new. At the end of the day, the students had a chance to ask Joey questions, and she made the point that as a clown it’s important to be proud and comfortable with who you are.

The second day of the workshop was run by Phoenix Vice Principal Jeanne Stacey. The clowns recapped what they had learned the day before, and then began to develop some ideas to put into a performance. After rehearsing and developing their piece during the day, the Clowns then got to try on their costumes and make-up, to feel the full clowning effect before their Rhodes Talent Search audition on the Saturday.

The makings of a fabulous new Phoenix Clown routine has been started, and they’re looking forward to developing it further for the Waltham Abbey Variety Festival and the Bishops Stortford Carnival in June. Also, after making it through the first stage of auditions, the Phoenix Clowns also have a chance of being in the Grand Final of the Rhodes Talent Search at the end of May, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed!

To see pictures from the Clown Workshop, click here.

April 11, 2014

Last lessons for Sophie and Connor

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Classes

Primary Drama Assistants move on to new pastures

Phoenix Primary Drama Tutors Sophie Barker and Connor Linden took their last regular lessons the week before Easter and our primary students gave them both an emotional and heartfelt sendoff. Sophie, who assisted Faye on Saturday mornings in Harlow, also helped Connor with his last class on Wednesday in Bishops Stortford and both tutors received thank you cards and gifts from the children. Both tutors have been long time friends and members of the theatre school, and we would like to thank them both for all their hard work and commitment over the years. As well as teaching, both Connor and Sophie have been involved in various Phoenix projects including Blip and Blast, Play in a Day and our annual Nativity at Pets Corner in Harlow Town Park.


We are happy to say that both Sophie and Connor will continue to work for Phoenix on other events, with Sophie returning in late July to take the drama tutor position for our primary age Blip Summer School, so don’t worry they aren’t gone for good! Faye Linden will continue as the main Primary Drama tutor for Phoenix at both our Harlow and Bishops Stortford classes and will be assisted every week by Phoenix Principal Phil Dale.

Spread Your Wings and Fly!

This term was the last for five of our senior students, who have all been with Phoenix for some time now. At their last lesson, they were presented with a graduation certificate. Our picture shows, from left to right, Musical Theatre Tutor Duncan Rutherford, Connor Linden, Amber Thomason, Principal Phil Dale, Amy Moulder, Toby Gibbs, Grace Wheeler and Vice-Principal Jeanne Stacey. We asked our graduates about their plans for the future. Here’s what they had to say:

Toby Gibbs: Alright, in September I’m going to study for a  BA (Hons) degree in Acting at Bath Spa University, for the next three years! And I would like to add a massive thank you to Phoenix as well because it’s definitely been the best drama/musical theatre training I’ve had so far, easily beating what I learnt in school and college! It’s also given me some of the best memories I can think of (and other cheesey leaving things people say!)

Amber Thomason: I am going to train/study in dance/musical theatre at ‘Cambridge Performing Arts at Bodywork Company’ for three years to gain a BA hons in dance/musical theatre and was lucky enough to achieve a DaDA award to fund my training. I’d like to thank everyone at Phoenix for all the great times and experiences I’ve had!

Amy Moulder: I am off to Canterbury University to study Primary Shool Teaching. Hoping to grow up and be Faye Linden – teacher by day performer in my spare time!

Grace Wheeler: I am hoping to gain a place at a highly commended drama school studying Musical Theatre within the next 2 years. Also auditioning for Disney and other semi-professional/professional work. I will definitely pursue drama as a career and I owe a massive thank you to Phoenix for giving me the opportunity to step-up and play some great roles! Without these experiences I wouldn’t have the confidence I now have.

Connor Linden: I’ll be working as a teaching assistant at St Albans Primary School as well as taking over from Amy Moulder as Assistant Primary Tutor in Bishops Stortford at Phoenix. As one of Phoenix’s longest serving members, I’m looking forward to still being a part of the theatre school, as I’ve enjoyed all my years here!


July 19, 2013

Amy Moulder Prepares to Bid Farewell to Phoenix

Amy’s last lesson as Primary Drama Tutor There were tears in class recently when Primary tutor Amy Moulder taught her last classes for Phoenix. Amy has studied Drama, Musical Theatre and Dance at Phoenix since it began, and has been a part of a whole host of large-scale productions and theatre showcases during her time […]

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April 16, 2013

The Return of Molly Clark!

First Week Back for Popular Student This Saturday we welcomed Molly back to class, and how fantastic it was to see her there.   A popular and talented member of our Primary Drama and Musical Theatre classes in Harlow, Molly took the lead role in last year’s BLIP summer school, playing Ali in Ali’s Incredible Imagination […]

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