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Welcome to Big Red Curtain Yorkshire Stage School and Casting Agency

We are a Yorkshire Based Independent Stage School and Casting Agency with schools in Leeds, Wakefield, Wetherby and Harrogate, with over 20years experience we're one of the regions longest running independent theatre school and performing arts company.

Our Leeds Stage School is held in Oulton near Rothwell and Covers Leeds City Centre, East and South Leeds. Click below to find out more about our Rothwell Theatre School.
Leeds Stage School
Our Wakefield Stage School is held in Horbury and Covers Wakefield, Ossett, Castleford and Denby Dale. Click below to find out more about our Horbury Theatre School.
Wakefield Stage School
Our Wetherby Stage School is held in Boston Spa and Covers North Leeds, Wetherby and Tadcaster. Click below to find out more about our Boston Spa Theatre School.
Wetherby Stage School

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Big Red Curtain is a local independent performing arts school and casting agency based in Yorkshire. Established in 1997 our stage school has over 20years of industry experience and specialises in high quality tuition of music, drama and dance for 6 to 18year olds.

2020 Covid19 Update

As an Educational Facility providing training and Internationally Recognised Qualifications through a variety of OFQUAL registered awarding bodies including ABRSM, LAMDA and as Big Red Curtain is a Trinity College London Examination Centre with Champion Status and we are proud to provide all of our students with training towards Internationally Recognised Qualifications that carry UCAS points as a pathway to higher education and to aid entry to University, as such we provide an essential service forming a crucial educational pathway for our students futures.

It's been a difficult year for the Performing Arts Industry but we are pleased to be allowed to re-open and have taken every precaution to reopen and operate within Government Guidelines to provide a Covid Secure Environment including providing all of our parents and students with a digital copy of our Risk Assessment and Code of Conduct. Things will be a little different at our classes for the foreseeable future, but we are pleased to be able to continue providing educational services for our students to ensure Covid19 doesn't negatively impact their future opportunities. We will continue to operate in a socially distanced and Covid Secure environment!

Alternative Venues

Due to Covid19 restrictions various Schools have decided not to allow external groups to hire their facilities and as a result we have had to move our school based venues at Oulton, Leeds and Horbury, Wakefield to nearby village halls until such a time the schools/government allow us to return. Classes at the new venues will remain at the same time and we have chosen venues as close to the original venue as possible view our School Locations for updated venues Oulton, Leeds Stage School and Wakefield, Horbury Stage School Our Boston Spa, Wetherby Stage School remains at the same location.

We are pleased to announce Big Red Curtain has been awarded Trinity Champion Centre status for 2020-2021

Trinity Champion Centre 2020 2021

 

 We are pleased to have been awarded Trinity Champion Centre status for 2020 - 2021!

For more information please visit: trinitycollege.co.uk/introducing-trinity-champion-centres-2020-2021

Trinity College London is our preferred Examination Board providing our students access to internationally recognised qualifications with higher grades carrying accredited UCAS points which can support applications for University and Conservatoire places. Big Red Curtain has been a Registered Private Examination Centre for Trinity College London for nearly a decade and our students value the opportunity to take Exams to verify their hard work and have the knowledge that they can continue their training even after completing Grade 8 by undertaking ATCL (Associate) and LTCL (Licentiate) Diplomas the equivalent of the first and final year respectively of an Undergraduate Degree.

 

What Makes Us Different...

Local Independent Stage School and Casting Agency

We are a local independent stage school and casting agency ran by the teachers and not by an investor. We are NOT a franchise, we care about our students and are dedicated to creating a family focussed fun learning environment for students to grow in confidence by building not only performance skills but transferable skills they can use throughout their life. Our Yorkshire Stage Schools are based in Rothwell, South Leeds, Boston Spa near Wetherby North Leeds, Horbury in Wakefield and Harrogate North Yorkshire.

Free Inclusion into our Casting Agency

All of our students have free inclusion into our Casting Agency where our students have received paid work from TV, Commercial, Radio and Theatre. We do NOT charge our students extra for their Casting Agency Listing and believe in promoting talent through performance, we only receive commission from work our students receive so it's in our interest to actively seek auditions and roles for them. We take this seriously and focus on working with Casting Directors to find students that are ideally suited to available roles and not waste their time by entering everyone regardless of their suitability.

Long Established and Experienced Company

Established in 1997 with over 20 years of trading we are a long running performing arts company with stage school that have been setup and ran by dedicated individuals who have not only performed themselves but are experienced teachers. Our stage school is NOT a new company ran by newly qualified or inexperienced teachers or performers and is dedicated to providing high quality training working towards a syllabus that can provide internationally recognised qualifications and UCAS accredited examinations alongside live performance opportunities a proven balance of performance and education for over two decades. We have been providing Drama, Music Theatre, Performance and Dance Tuition for the North of England for over 20years, our students have gone on to study at the countries finest conservatoires and drama schools and many are now performing arts professionals working on the West End, TV and Film.

Students are Trained Towards Recognised Qualifications

All of our students at our Yorkshire Stage Schools work towards UCAS recognised qualifications in performing arts from LAMDA or Trinity London (formerly Trinity Guildhall) which are qualifications for life, aiding not only in further education and university applications but accrediting our students hard work and achievements. We are a private examination centre for LAMDA and Trinity College London enabling us to provide internationally recognised qualifications through UCAS accredited examinations.

No Expensive Uniform or Costume Costs

Unlike some stage schools we don’t believe students should have to buy expensive uniform or incurr huge costume costs. We provide our Student’s with their uniform and supply costumes for all of our productions. We do NOT charge for compulsory uniform or charge for costumes that you don’t get to keep and only require a small refundable deposit which you get back on return of the costume.

Annual Shows at Major Yorkshire Theatres

Being a Yorkshire based Stage School we like to hold our annual shows at professional theatres across Yorkshire. Our past venues have included The City Varieties in Leeds, The Royal Hall in Harrogate and the Carriageworks in Leeds.

Small Class Sizes

We have a limited student to teacher ratio to ensure the best quality group tuition there is never more than 15 students per teacher in our main school and 6 students per teacher for our Early Years Class.

Live Performance Opportunities

We believe in providing as many opportunities to perform as we can and in addition to our Annual Show we perform our own annual pantomimes where students are involved in the writing and pre-production, we also provide opportunities to perform at charity events independent of the stage school including events like The Candy Ball and Theatre in the Woods as well as other charity casting opportunities through our agency.

Free No Obligation Trial

We always offer a free no obligation trial which can be arranged by appointment in addition to holding regular Open Mornings/Afternoons for potential students.

 

Locations and Times

Oulton, South Leeds

Our Oulton, South Leeds School is based at Woodlesford Parish Hall, Church St, Woodlesford, Leeds LS26 8RE and is held on:-

Saturday Morning's 9am - 12noon.

Arrange a free No Obligation Trial at our Oulton, Leeds Stage School or contact us to arrange your visit on the next open day - no previous experience necessary for ages 6-18yrs.

Click Here for Directions and Map or read more about our South Leeds Stage School on our Oulton Stage School Page

Boston Spa, North Leeds and Wetherby

Our Boston Spa, North Leeds and Wetherby School is based at Boston Spa Village Hall, High Street Boston Spa, LS23 6AA and is held on:-

Saturday Afternoon's 2pm - 5pm.

Arrange a free No Obligation Trial at our new Boston Spa/Wetherby Stage School or contact us to arrange your visit on the next open day - no previous experience necessary for ages 6-18yrs.

Click Here for Directions and Map or read more about our North Leeds / Wetherby Stage School on our Boston Spa Stage School Page.

Wakefield, Castleford and Ossett

Our Wakefield Stage School is based at Horbury Methodist Church Hall, High St, Horbury, Wakefield WF4 5LE and is held on:-

Saturday Afternoon's 1pm - 4pm

Arrange a free No Obligation Trial at our Wakefield Stage School or contact us to arrange your visit on the next open day - no previous experience necessary for ages 6-18yrs.

 Click here for Wakefield Directions and Map school you can go to our Wakefield Stage School page.

 

Who We Are...

Our Teachers

We ensure all of our teachers are qualified, dedicated professionals who care about our students. As a small independent stage school and not a franchise we care about each of our student’s welfare and personal development, we believe consistency in teaching is important and as such we don’t believe in swapping our staff/teachers. We hand pick all of our teachers based on skills, experience, qualifications and dedication. All of our teachers are Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Checked formerly known as CRB Checked.

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What We Do...

Syllabus Ethos

Our stage school syllabus is an ever changing mix of music, drama, dance, and creative lessons working towards not just performances but internationally recognised qualifications in performing arts through optional exams. 

We cover Modern and Classic Drama Tuition, Vocal Training and Singing Tuition, Complementary Movement and Dance Training, Performance Skills, Casting and Camera Work and Examination Preparation and link this work in Live Performances and Recorded Work.

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Session Structure

Our Session Structure alters from time to time dependant on what our students are working towards e.g. Performances and Exams. A typical session would normally run as follows (with each age/ability group alternating between the classes).

10 minutes

Registration followed by a Dance/Movement Warm Up

40 minutes

Drama Class

40 minutes

Music Theatre Class

10 minutes

BREAK

40 minutes

Dance / Movement Class

40 minutes

Performance Skills

 

Classes

Our Drama classes are separated by age and ability and limited by a strict student to teacher ratio of 14 students to 1 teacher to ensure the best possible group tuition. We separate the 3hours into different lessons when we are not rehearsing for our annual Pantomime, the classes can be a mix of Drama Lessons, Singing Lessons, Vocal Tuition, Musical Theatre lessons, Dance Class or Movement Lessons, Performance Skills and Casting Skills.

Students need to take a small entrance exam to join our stage school, but don’t worry! This is only to help us to place students in the appropriate groups for future exams and to find out each person’s individual strengths.

We hold separate sittings for Drama exams and Music Theatre exams allowing students to be correctly placed according to their strengths in individual subjects prior to relevant exams. The groups are reviewed constantly and this helps create a more diverse group dynamic much like a real-life audition or casting situation. The groups are also brought together to work in a cast environment for events including live performances, group exams, pantomimes and shows.

 

Mission Statement

Big Red Curtain Yorkshire Stage Schools will provide high quality tuition of music, drama, dance and performance in a family orientated environment. Our Tuition will not only build confidence but provide essential life skills, as well as providing the opportunity to work towards recognised qualifications in performing arts. We endeavour to provide our students with opportunities to perform not just in our own productions but through paid and charity work from our Casting Agency.