Playhouse Harlow

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.

To See pictures of the Award Winners Click here

To See Pictures of KBD performance Click here

April 2, 2014

Harlow Phoenix Showcase

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Showcases

Harlow Playhouse, Main Stage, dates announced!


Harlow Primary, Intermediate and Senior classes Showcase:

Sunday 15th June Technical Rehearsal 10am – 6pm (exact times to be confirmed)

Monday 16th June Show 1, 7.30pm

Tuesday 17th June Show 2, 7.30pm

Please note: Harlow Fledglings will not be performing in this showcase.

Tickets are on sale from the Playhouse Box Office 01279 431945 or online at and cost £15.00.


June 28, 2013

Joseph and the Rest

by Conor O'Sullivan

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The Phoenix Theatre School Musical Theatre extravaganza!

After the success of the Harlow Drama Showcases, Joseph and the Rest was the chance for our students to show off their musical theatre talents in a showcase which would feature all the Harlow Phoenix students from Year 3 to Year 13 and above.

The first part of the show started with a Les Miserables section, kicking off with the Senior students performing At The End Of The Day. Following that were solos by intermediate student Jake Poolman, currently playing Gavroche in the West End production and Senior student Victoria Tee. This was followed by a section featuring the performances students had been developing over the last term including a rousing rendition of Anything You Can Do by the Year 5 & 6 class (pictured left). The final section of the first half was a Lion King tribute, featuring Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel The Love Tonight by the Primary aged students, followed by an entire school performance of the Circle of Life.

The second half was a whole school, full production of Joseph and his Technicoloured Dreamcoat, with Senior student David Ballard taking the role of Joseph. Audience feedback and reaction has been exceptional and credit must go to choreographers Katie Barker-Dale and Amy Moulder who managed to seemlessly knit together over 90 performers who had performed together for the first time just the day before the opening night. With colour, dancing, and lots of fake beards, it really set the standard for all future Musical Theatre Showcases, and we look forward to trying to improve on it for next year. A huge well done to all the students involved!

To see pictures from the Tech Rehearsal, click here.

June 11, 2013

Intermediate and Senior Drama Showcase 2013

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Showcases

Phoenix goes mad!

The Intermediate and Senior Drama Showcase took place for two nights in the Harlow Playhouse Studio Theatre, on Friday 7th June and Saturday 8th June. The Intermediate class kicked it off, and performed two 20 minute pieces for the first half of the showcase. The first was called Mugged, about a group of schoolfriends dealing with the issues of violence and knife culture amongst youths, and the way the news and media react to such events. The other was called Just, a bizzare and abstract perspective of mob-like behaviour and unquestioning loyalty to authority. Then, in the second half, the Senior class showed off some of the short pieces they had devised and worked on in class, from monologues and duologues to big group pieces.

Overall both nights went really well, and all the students did both themselves and the tutors proud. With lots of laugh out loud moments, and some challenging pieces that they only had a short time to learn and rehearse, it’s difficult not to admire the amount of talent amongst our students. So here’s looking forward to the Primary Drama Showcase, the Musical Theatre Showcase, and the Bishops Stortford Drama and Musical Theatre Showcases!

To see pictures from the tech rehearsal of the Intermediate and Senior Drama Showcase, click here.

October 25, 2012

Your Chance to be in Joseph

by Phoenixphil

in Showcases

Performers Needed for Smash Hit Production!

Phoenix will be staging a version of Andrew Lloyd-Webbers fantastic musical Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in the Summer of 2013 and every Musical Theatre and Dance student will be guaranteed a part. From the beginning of November, all Musical Theatre classes at Burnt Mill in Harlow will be moving to Thursday evening and we’ll also be opening 2 new Musical Theatre classes at Rhodes in Bishops Stortford on a Tuesday evening.

There’s never been a better time to join Duncan, our new Musical Theatre tutor, and start preparing for what promises to be a show to remember. We’ll be staging the production at both Rhodes and The Harlow Playhouse, so it doesn’t matter which class you join. Call us now for an experience we promise you’ll never forget!

Check out our class times here and sign up for a free trial class here

July 9, 2012

Phoenix Vice-Principal Jeanne Carries the Torch for Harlow

Hundreds of Students Celebrate with Flash Mob Routine Phoenix Theatre School’s Vice-Principal Jeanne Stacey was the undoubted star of the show when she carried the Olympic flame on the fourth leg of the torch’s five leg journey through Harlow Town Centre last Saturday morning. Jeanne, who had been nominated as a ‘future flame’ by her […]

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March 30, 2012

Primary Students Round Off Showcase Season

Largest audience ever for Primary Showcases All 104 Phoenix primary drama students recently performed in the annual drama showcases 2012 (24th & 25th March) in the Studio Theatre at The Harlow Playhouse. For the first time there were four performances playing to a combined audience of 500 enthusiastic parents and family members. In total we […]

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