Senior Drama

May 9, 2015

The Comedy Of Errors

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Productions

Phoenix students perform Shakespeare’s most farcial play

Harlow Theatre Company, based at Victoria Hall in Old Harlow, were looking to give more young actors a chance to perform on stage and so asked Phoenix Vice Principal and Senior Drama tutor Jeanne Stacey to direct a youth production of The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s shortest and arguably most frantic comedy. The play is based around mistaken identity, as two identical twin brothers and their identical twin servants are seperated at birth in a ship wreck, both without any knowledge of the other. So when one set of twins arrives on the island where the other set of twins have made a life for themselves, all manner of confusion and madness ensues.

The cast was made up entirely of Phoenix and ex-Phoenix students: Ollie Stacey, Joe Llewelyn, George Jack, Daniel Boulton, William Edden, Drew Gregg, Will Saunders, Joseph Vaiana, Katie Miller, Rhiannon Bates and Molly Jenkins. A highly energetic production, all the performers gave their all in both their physical comedic acting and the tricky Shakespearean dialogue. There was a very farcial feel to the play, with a great slapstick scene involving a few of the cast trying to break down a door while others held it shut, eventually resorting to using Joe Vaiana’s head as a battering ram.

All in all it was obvious that a lot of hard work and commitment had gone in to the production time, and even with limited rehearsal time the end product was a very enjoyable piece of theatre. It’s always good to see our students getting the chance to show off their abilities and talent, and credit must go to Jeanne Stacey and her assistant director Ian Stacey for all their work in creating something both them and the students can be proud of.

The picture below features all the Phoenix students who were involved in the production, after recieving ‘good job!’ certificates at the Intermediate and Senior Drama class on Monday. Congratulations to everyone involved!

To see pictures from rehearsals, click here.

March 16, 2015

The Jack Petchey Ignite Youth Festival

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Jack Petchey

Phoenix join the celebrations for the 15th Birthday of the Jack Petchey Foundation

On Sunday 15th March, the Jack Petchey Foundation hosted the Ignite Youth Festival at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in order to celebrate Jack Petchey’s 90th birthday and the 15th anniversary of the formation of the Jack Petchey Foundation. The evening was about showing all the success the Foundation has achieved in the past 15 years since its inception at helping young people all around the Essex and London area realise and nurture their potential and showing them that they can achieve whatever they set their mind to.

Representatives from all of their big youth projects were there, including previous winners of the Jack Petchey Glee Club Challenge, the winners of the Jack Petchey Speak Up Challenge, as well as a whole host of other music groups, dance groups and guest speakers.

Phoenix were invited to give a presentation on the employability skills needed to succeed at job interviews, as well as a list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ for said interviews. 20 students from the Intermediate and Senior Harlow class were representing Phoenix in performing the ensemble greek chorus style piece, and so got to spend the day in the famous theatre in Covent Garden before taking the stage in front of around 2,000 audience members, including many of the Mayor’s and MP’s of the Essex and London areas. It was a great day out and a rare opportunity for the students to perform in such a highly regarded theatre.

Phoenix have always enjoyed a close relationship with the Jack Petchey Foundation, as they’ve created a lot of opportunites for our students to perform in ways and places that they wouldn’t have been able to without the Foundation’s backing. Their Glee Club Challenge event gave our students the chance to perform at the Indig02 Arena and other theatres in the Regional and Grand Finals, they provided funding for us to get the Phoenix Clown troupe underway and put together their first ever proper performance, and most recently the funding they awarded Phoenix for the success in the ‘Face the Challenge’ competition has allowed us to set up the Phoenix Youth Repertory Company and start bringing youth productions into local theatres and secondary schools. We hope this is a trend that will long continue, and are proud we could be a part of the Jack Petchey Ignite Youth Festival.

To see pictures from the day, please click here.



February 3, 2014

Harlow Showcases 2014

by Conor O'Sullivan

in Showcases

Dates confirmed for this year’s Phoenix Theatre School Harlow Showcases!

The dates and times of this years Phoenix Showcases are as follows. All this information has already been e-mailed out, so make sure you don’t miss any!

Intermediate & Senior Showcase (Studio Theatre)

Thursday 6th March:        Technical Rehearsal                         (5pm to 10pm)

Friday 7th March:              Show 2                                                 (7:45pm)

Saturday 8th March:         Show 3                                                 (7:45pm)

£10 All Seats

Book Tickets Here

Primary Showcase (Studio Theatre)

Saturday 8th March:         Technical Rehearsal                         (9:30am to 1:30pm)

Saturday 8th March:         Show 1                                                 (2:30pm)

Saturday 8th March:         Show 2                                                 (4:30pm)

Sunday 9th March:            Show 3                                                 (6:30pm)

£9 All Seats

Book Tickets Here


Whole School Showcase (Main Auditorium)

Sunday 15th June:             Technical Rehearsal                        (10am to 6pm)

Monday 16th June:           Show 1                                                 (7:30pm)

Tuesday 17th June:           Show 2                                                 (7:30pm)

£14 Tickets (£12 Concession)


Record Number of Students Save Tinkerbell!

This year Blast was more ambitious and more creative than any previous years, culminating in Saturday’s one time only performance of Saving Tinkerbell. Over the course of a week, the 56 talented participants set out to tell the story of Peter Pan and his attempt to rescue his precious Tinkerbell from the dastardly Captain Hook, a journey which took them to various other worlds. Everybody involved in the course worked really hard over the week, as putting a show together in just 7 days is a herculean task by any standards, let alone a full blown musical with full costumes, 11 musical numbers and lighting and video effects that would put many professional productions to shame. Once again, as with previous Blast courses, the audience of just over 200 were utterly impressed by the standard of the finished production with cast members having to learn pages of dialogue and numerous complex song and dance routines. Whether they were Lost Boys, or Orphans, or members of Dodgers gang, or Pirates or Wheelers, the entire cast gave it their all to ensure that when it came to the performance, their family and friends in the audience were gobsmacked by just how much had been achieved in a week.

Our team of tutors were on hand to assist, with Jeanne Stacey and Jack Downey directing, Duncan Rutherford and Connor Linden handling the musical side of things, and Sam Spencer-Lane choreographing, assisted by Grace Wheeler and Amy Moulder. Richard Shrubb, Lucy Barker-Dale and Conor O’Sullivan worked as technical tutors, helping the small but enthusiastic technical team of particiapnts, who excelled themselves by running all the AV, sound and Lighting cues themselves. Jules Dale provided all of the costumes for the show, and Phoenix principal Phil Dale oversaw everything as the producer.

Blast is always one of the most enjoyable weeks in the Phoenix calender, and this year didn’t disappoint, raising the bar yet again! Thank you to everyone who came, took part, and believed in fairies. Roll on August 2014 – we can’t wait!

To see pictures from the week click here.   To see pictures from the last day click here.

To see video from the show click here.    To purchase the DVD 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.

June 11, 2013

Intermediate and Senior Drama Showcase 2013

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 […]

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April 16, 2013

Kelle Informs at Careers Advice Surgery

Senior Students Given Insight into the Industry Kelle Bryan, owner of talent development and personal management company Red Hot Entertainment and former member of chart topping R&B group Eternal dropped by at Burnt Mill recently to impart her knowledge to an eager group of senior Phoenix students and their parents. The Performing Arts careers advice […]

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