Nominated by Phil Dale

IMG_1028October’s Jack Petchey Achievement Award goes to a young man whose commitment to classes at Phoenix has been exemplary.  He has an infectious enthusiasm for every aspect of theatre and his work, whether scripted or devised, is always diligent and thorough. Always committed and attentive, Josh is a pleasure to work with and he richly deserves to be recognized.


Nominated by Jeanne Stacey

Hannah is an enthusiastic and talented student who throws herself into every activity with an infectious enthusiasm, whether it is working in class, attending workshops and theatre trips, performing as a Phoenix Clown or auditioning for Phoenix Productions. Her attitude, experience and natural talent make her a great role model for younger students and we are delighted to be able to recognise her success with this award.

Well done Hannah!

April 22, 2014

Phoenix Principal in the Stocks!

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Uncategorized

Easter fun at Pets Corner

Easter is a time for personal sacrifice and reflection, and Phoenix Principal Phil Dale was getting right into the spirit on Easter Bank Holiday Monday at Pets Corner, the local pet zoo in the town park. The hour and twenty minutes he spent locked in the stocks having wet sponges thrown at him was a perfect time for reflection, and also helped raise money for Pets Corner.

The event was Pets Corner’s Easter Fun Day, with the aim to raise money for the local animal enclosure. Phoenix have always had a close relationship with Pets Corner, hosting the Nativity there every Christmas which features all the Primary aged students in the Harlow branch of the theatre school. So to help them out on their fun day, Phil volunteered to be put in the stocks, where people could then pay £1 to throw three wet sponges at him; which was unsurprisingly very popular! What better way to spend Easter Monday than being locked in the stocks and thoroughly drenched?

All in all, everyone had a fun day out, and a substantial amount was raised for Pet’s Corner. Well done Phil!

To see more pictures from his time in the stocks, click here.

July 8, 2013

Bishops Stortford Drama Showcase 2013

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Showcases,Uncategorized

Final Drama Showcase of the Season is Great Success.

Saturday 6th July was another big day for the Phoenix team, with all of the Bishops Stortford drama classes getting the opportunity to perform on the Rhodes stage. A busy morning of technical rehearsals was followed by 2 performances at 1.30pm and then 4.00pm. Students of all ages were performing, from the Reception to Year 2 aged Fledglings class right up to the Senior class, all showcasing what they’d been working on over the past term.

The Fledglings had worked on a collection of stories and poems around the theme of animals (pictured left), and then showed off their musical theatre talents as well in a dance medley later on in the show. Both Primary aged classes performed a scripted piece each, called Sports Day and Jamie, and then also both got the chance to perform their clowning pieces that they had created following their introduction to clowning characters in class. The Intermediates had devised and created their own pieces of ensemble theatre from East End Tales. Three small group pieces were performed followed by a whole class performance. Our Seniors students really impressed with some touching and funny performances that had been developed in class using the stimulus of The Post Secret Art Project (pictured right). Another hi-light was a short stand up routine by year 3 LAMDA student Owen Pinner who told one of the funniest jokes heard in a long while!

The showcase had a fitting finale when all students from Fledglings to Seniors joined each other onstage to perform a clowning dance routine much to the delight of the watching friends and family.

To see pictures from the day, click here.