Primary Drama

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!


December 20, 2015

A Phoenix Nativity Experience

by Phoenixphil

in Showcases

Hundreds Flock to Christmas Treat

The traditional Phoenix Nativity Play at Pets Corner took a new turn this year when our Harlow Primary and Fledgling students presented a Phoenix Nativity Experience on Thursday December 17th.

In recent years a more conventional Nativity play has been presented with the audience watching from an improvised seating rake made from straw bales. The recent refurbishment of Pets Corner coupled with the always potential disastrous weather encouraged Phoenix Director Phil Dale and Primary Principal Faye Linden to try something different. Rather than a single performance the students devised a number of different scenarios that audience members were able to walk around and watch at will in a ‘promenade’ theatre style.

After being greeted by Herod and his Guards, the public were lead past stables where Inn Keepers apologised for the lack of room. A short walk lead to the shepherds in a stable being confronted by Gabriel whilst on the opposite side of Pets Corner the Three Kings were deciding how best to pay their respects to the new born baby. At the far end of the event our Fledgling students told the story of the Christmas star and a stable full of costumes allowed children to dress as various characters and stage their own Nativity picture.

The event came to a conclusion when Joseph lead Mary to the stable on a donkey and the entire cast came together for a festive singalong. The popularity of the annual event was underlined when over 300 people turned up and for a short while it looked like the event might come to a standstill due to the sheer number of people. However, everything went off without a hitch leaving hundreds of people in the mood for Christmas and Phil and Faye planning an even bigger and better event next year!

See pictures from the Phoenix Nativity Experience here

June 17, 2015

Harlow Primary Film Stars!

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Productions

We’re off to the movies with the Harlow Primary Classes

The Primary Drama students in Harlow have been extremely busy this term, as they began a very exciting project. Alongside putting together ‘Creepy Crawley the Musical’, which they were working on towards the showcase at the end of June, they have also been working hard on the first ever Phoenix Movie Project. This began at the start of term with the class being split into four groups, and each group given a movie genre; Horror, Sci-Fi, Rom-Com and Action. Each movie was devised by the groups and then scripted by tutors Phil Dale and Conor O’Sullivan. Then followed weeks of rehearsing, leading up to the filming dates.

The movies were all filmed at the Phoenix Film Studio in Harlow Town Centre. This is a professional purpose built ‘Green Screen’ studio and has been used by Phoenix Theatre Arts for several years now, mainly to produce the professional standard video effects that we have used in our recent pantomimes. We had a lot of fun on the four filming dates, and a big thankyou has to go to the Phoenix Film Studio and Rob Dyer.

All four of the movies have now been filmed and are currently being edited, in preperation for the premier of the first Phoenix Movie Project on the 12th July at Harlow Cineworld. Screen 1 has been hired out, and we’ll be able to proudly share with you our four short movies:

The Sleepover (Horror)

Invasion From Planet Pink (Sci-Fi)

Funny Love (RomCom)

Battle Over Blossom (Action)

We’ve all had a lot of fun working on this project, and we’re looking forward to the premier!
To see pictures from the four filming days, please click the links below:


Sci Fi




May 10, 2015

May’s Primary Achiever Awards!

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Student Achievement Awards

Nominated by Phoenix Principal Phil Dale and Primary Tutor Faye Linden

For this month we have two Primary Achievers getting awards; Nyradzo Chabata and Erynn Palmer. Currently the Harlow Primary class have been working on film scripts in groups and an original musical featuring the whole class, called Creepy Crawly The Musical. Nyradzo has shown commitment and a professional attitude while working on her film, turning up to lessons having memorized all of her lines and ready to work. Erynn is always focused and energetic whilst working on both the Creepy Crawly The Musical and in her group work, which is why both of these two thoroughly deserve their awards.

Well done girls!

Nominated by Duncan Rutherford

I am delighted to put Matthew forward for an award for a host of reasons:  He is always punctual to lessons and rehearsals, 100% focused on what he has been asked to achieve and brings a positivity, enthusiasm and professionalism to any project.

He has previously performed in Phoenix’ s production of Annie last year and with any solo lines delivered with confidence and intelligence, this reliable young man leads by example every time.

Congratulations to Matthew Goodeve.

June 30, 2014

Kyal Everest is May’s Primary Achiever!

Nominated by Phil Dale This award goes to a young man who has worked hard to develop his performance skills.  He has overcome a lack of confidence at times and recently was very disappointed when one of his friends had to move away from the school.  Despite this, Kyal has progressed fantastically in the past […]

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April 11, 2014

James Beavis is March’s Primary Achiever!

Nominated by Primary Drama Tutor Faye Linden James has been a student of Phoenix Theatre School for five years and during that time has worked hard to develop and grow his skills.  He focuses well in class and is enthusiastic and creative when devising drama pieces. James is a good leader who works well with […]

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