Young People


  • 8-11 Junior Theatre Academy



    • A Constant Journey of Discovery.

      Our Theatre Academies offer young people the chance to expand knowledge while learning the craft of theatre to progress in Performing Arts, while meeting new friends, growing in confidence being creative and having a lot of fun.

      Walk Tall is an arts, learning and health charity and as such, everyone who walks through our doors has an equal opportunity. We are a unique organisation passionate about Performing arts, Education and Therapeutics. We see the bigger picture and we would love you, as a parent or learner, to see and share our vision too!

      Young People Actors
      4
      When a new learner starts a class with us, we want them to have a very positive experience and look at the progression they can make for their future and wellbeing in learning. Therefore, we offer clear progression routes for those who continue learning with us and advancement right through to our Junior Academy and our Adult Theatre classes / Theatre Company. Previous learners have grown with us and found employment in creative industries/ theatre or accessed further and higher education in performing arts.
      5

      We are a qualified, certified and registered charity which is well established (over 15 years) and are widely recognized within the Performing Arts industry in performance and achievement of successes. We are registered with various examination boards.

      Parents will be invited to regular Showcases where learners will present the work they have been doing. These will be followed by presentation ceremonies to award achievements. There will also be an opportunity for teacher and parent consultations. A parent consultation will always be available by appointment or at the request of a teacher!

      6
      Our young children learn essential performance skills including:
      • Stage craft & awareness of theatre space
      • Vocal clarity & expression
      • Movement
      • Character
      • Rhythm & Sound
      • Dance
      • Singing
      • Musical Theatre Skills
      • Comedy
      • TV & Film Acting

      We are passionate about theatre and hope that everyone learns, advances and above all, enjoys their time with us!

    • ELIZABETH SAWYER

      ELIZABETH SAWYER

      Elizabeth trained at The Miskin Theatre and then studied acting at The London Drama School. She has been involved with Walk Tall since 2004 and has worked professionally as an actor. She is currently studying Counselling/Psychology with the aspiration of becoming a Dramatherapist.

      REBECCA LIQUORISH

      REBECCA LIQUORISH

      Rebecca graduated with a BA (Hons) in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Roehampton, and is also an active member of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Rebecca is currently on a Children’s Theatre Tour of Treasure Island.

    • The Junior Theatre Academy takes place at the following venues:

      • Ash Village Hall
      • The Street, Ash, Kent. TN15 7HB
      • On: Fridays 16:00 to 17:30

    • JUNIOR THEATRE ACADEMY - TERMS & CONDITIONS

      Admission

      Entry to Walk Tall Academies is open to all learners who meet the age requirements of classes.

      Uniform

      The Walk Tall Academy uniform is compulsory. Uniform can be ordered and purchased through your chosen Academy location. Uniforms in correct size do need to be ordered. A pupil will be expected to wear the Walk Tall uniform within one month of joining. Uniform can be obtained by ordering from Walk Tall with an up-front payment.

      Sponsorship

      As a charity organisation who are passionate about engagement in the arts we try to keep our charges as low as possible despite our high quality. We are able to offer limited sponsorship to those unable to pay fees yet really keen to join. A short interview will be required with both parent / guardian and applying pupil to set this up.

      A child can be sponsored by anyone and currently the cost of sponsorship for membership, uniform, and one year of fees could be as little as £200. Uniform sponsorship only £35. One Term £18. Membership £21. So please join our ethos and donate to help another child succeed if you can.

      Awards / Examinations

      All Learners will follow a curriculum set down by Walk Tall’s Artistic Director / Course Director. We run our own; Bronze, Silver and Gold progression steps for awards and achievements. Each progressive step takes about 48 weeks, with termly (6 week) target achievements within that step.

      Learners can be entered for an accredited Arts Award or can access a LAMDA pathway with additional tuition/classes. A learner will not be entered for an examination unless he/she is thought to be ready by the Teacher or Course Director. If parents wish learners to partake within the LAMDA exam structures then it is compulsory that they attend examination classes regularly.

      Photos and Video

      Learners who enrol may have photos/films taken of them performing. These will be used only for Walk Tall promotional material including the website.

      Child Protection, Welfare and Pastoral Care

      Teachers in our schools are fully qualified, supervised and CRB registered with continuing CPD. Our Teaching Support Assistants (TSA), chaperones and pastoral care runs in conjunction within the child protection policies of the UK. All information treated in accordance with Data Protection regulations.

      Behaviour

      Our Ethos at Walk Tall is to promote the professional ethic required within performing arts. We engender an environment of respect for all to flourish in. Each learner is expected to adhere to our rules governing behaviour. A behaviour report will be generated for any learners not following these standards and a parent / guardian will be informed of any behaviour that needs attention.

      Performing Professionally

      Opportunities are given for learners to perform in some productions by Walk Tall Theatre Company including our annual Pantomime at The Mick Jagger Centre. Learners will need to audition for roles. During performing learners are chaperoned by professional, licenced and qualified staff. Any learner that wishes to audition for an outside professional production company, must ask permission from the Walk Tall CEO Ann Duke. If a learner is successful in an audition for an outside production, parents and pupils should be represented by Walk Tall’s Gold agency. This is to avoid exploitation for your child and also of our other learners.

      More than anything we wish for you to enjoy your time and experience with us. We hope everyone learns many new skills and grows in confidence and performance ability. Walk Tall is a charity with a desire to challenge and discover and make that journey delicious. Here’s to joining a unique organisation with a passion for performing arts and to your future.

    • LAMDA Exams

      This is an amazing opportunity for selected learners dedicated to improving technique to move forward towards a LAMDA qualification! You will learn how to deliver pieces of theatre to LAMDA standards, and given time, you could leave with a LAMDA qualification. All of this is done through additional workshop style sessions using drama games and performance techniques, to make sure you’re never bored and constantly developing! LAMDA is one of the most identifiable bodies in the performing arts industry.

    • JUNIOR THEATRE ACADEMY AWARDS

      THE WALK TALL ACTING SYSTEM

      These are the foundation steps for progression towards awards across all academies. Certificates are achieved for each subject. This foundation is to prepare learners for more advanced training with Walk Tall.

      BRONZE AWARD

      • Stage craft & awareness of theatre space
      • Vocal clarity & expression
      • Movement
      • Character
      • Rhythm & Sound
      • Dance
      • Singing
      • Rehearsal & Performance

      SILVER AWARD

      • Improvisation
      • Status
      • Developing the voice for performance
      • Movement in performance
      • Acting Styles (E.G. Melodrama, Geek Theatre, Shakespeare, Symbolism)
      • Musical Theatre Skills
      • Comedy
      • Solo Performance (Monologue / Song / Dance)

      GOLD AWARD

      • Ensemble Theatre
      • Acting & Reacting
      • Devising
      • Vocal Resonance & Range
      • Movement Techniques
      • Working with Scripts / Text
      • TV & Film Acting
      • Group Performance
    • FEES

      Learners are required to pay fees each time the pupil attends a class. Current fees are £3 - £5 per 90 mins class.

      If a learner cannot attend for any reason, he/she will be required to still pay the full fee as we do not ask for a term fee up front.

      A yearly membership is required for all learners that register to be part of Walk Tall. The current annual membership is set at £21. This will usually need to be paid within 2 weeks of joining.

      If you have siblings joining either Junior or Youth Academies you will receive a 50% discount on ongoing yearly membership for one sibling for all the time both siblings are attending. E.g. 1 youth academy learner and one junior academy learner total membership cost £31.50 not £42. If a sibling joins after the other one and full membership has been paid the new sibling will only pay £10.50 yearly membership.

      Academies are open all year round during school term times. Notification will be given of any closures in advance to every pupil in writing. All term dates will be given to parents at the beginning of term or upon their start.

      Learners from our academies may be asked from time to time to perform in local promotional events for Walk Tall or take part in additional rehearsals. There will be no charge for these yet they may fall outside of normal class hours.

      If a pupil decides to leave Walk Tall, notification is needed in writing and submitted to Walk Tall, otherwise payment of a whole term (6 weeks) of fees are required.

    • Term Dates

      Please click on one of the locations below to expand the term dates for that location.

      Ash

      SPRING TERM 1 SPRING TERM 2
      FRI 19TH JANUARY FRI 23RD FEBRUARY
      FRI 26TH JANUARY FRI 02ND MARCH
      FRI 02ND FEBRUARY FRI 09TH MARCH
      FRI 09TH FEBRUARY FRI 16TH MARCH
      FRI 23RD MARCH (SHOWCASE)

      SUMMER TERM 1 SUMMER TERM 2
      FRI 20TH APRIL FRI 08TH JUNE
      FRI 27TH APRIL FRI 15TH JUNE
      FRI 04TH MAY FRI 22ND JUNE
      FRI 11TH MAY FRI 29TH JUNE
      FRI 18TH MAY FRI 06TH JULY
      FRI 25TH MAY FRI 13TH JULY
      FRI 20TH JULY (SHOWCASE)

      AUTUMN TERM WINTER TERM
      FRI 07TH SEPT FRI 02ND NOV
      FRI 14TH SEPT FRI 09TH NOV
      FRI 21ST SEPT FRI 16TH NOV
      FRI 28TH SEPT FRI 23RD NOV
      FRI 05TH OCT FRI 30TH NOV
      FRI 12TH OCT FRI 07TH DEC
      FRI 19TH OCT (SHOWCASE) FRI 14TH DEC (SHOWCASE)

      Swanscombe

      SPRING TERM 1 SPRING TERM 2
      SAT 20TH JANUARY SAT 24TH FEBRUARY
      SAT 27TH JANUARY SAT 03RD MARCH
      SAT 03RD FEBRUARY SAT 10TH MARCH
      SAT 10TH FEBRUARY SAT 17TH MARCH
      SAT 24TH MARCH (SHOWCASE)

      SUMMER TERM 1 SUMMER TERM 2
      SAT 21ST APRIL SAT 09TH JUNE
      SAT 28TH APRIL SAT 16TH JUNE
      SAT 05TH MAY SAT 23RD JUNE
      SAT 12TH MAY SAT 30TH JUNE
      SAT 19TH MAY SAT 07TH JULY
      SAT 26TH MAY SAT 14TH JULY
      SAT 21ST JULY (SHOWCASE)

      AUTUMN TERM WINTER TERM
      SAT 08TH SEPT SAT 03RD NOV
      SAT 15TH SEPT SAT 10TH NOV
      SAT 22ND SEPT SAT 17TH NOV
      SAT 29TH SEPT SAT 24TH NOV
      SAT 06TH OCT SAT 1ST DEC
      SAT 13TH OCT SAT 08TH DEC
      SAT 20TH OCT (SHOWCASE) SAT 15TH DEC (SHOWCASE)

      Greenhithe

      SPRING TERM 1 SPRING TERM 2
      SAT 20TH JANUARY SAT 24TH FEBRUARY
      SAT 27TH JANUARY SAT 03RD MARCH
      SAT 03RD FEBRUARY SAT 10TH MARCH
      SAT 10TH FEBRUARY SAT 17TH MARCH
      SAT 24TH MARCH (SHOWCASE)

      SUMMER TERM 1 SUMMER TERM 2
      SAT 21ST APRIL SAT 09TH JUNE
      SAT 28TH APRIL SAT 16TH JUNE
      SAT 05TH MAY SAT 23RD JUNE
      SAT 12TH MAY SAT 30TH JUNE
      SAT 19TH MAY SAT 07TH JULY
      SAT 26TH MAY SAT 14TH JULY
      SAT 21ST JULY (SHOWCASE)

      AUTUMN TERM WINTER TERM
      SAT 08TH SEPT SAT 03RD NOV
      SAT 15TH SEPT SAT 10TH NOV
      SAT 22ND SEPT SAT 17TH NOV
      SAT 29TH SEPT SAT 24TH NOV
      SAT 06TH OCT SAT 1ST DEC
      SAT 13TH OCT SAT 08TH DEC
      SAT 20TH OCT (SHOWCASE) SAT 15TH DEC (SHOWCASE)


  • 12-17 Youth Theatre Academy



    • A Constant Journey of Discovery.

      Our Theatre Academies offer young people the chance to expand knowledge while learning the craft of theatre to progress in Performing Arts, while meeting new friends, growing in confidence being creative and having a lot of fun.

      Walk Tall is an arts, learning and health charity and as such, everyone who walks through our doors has an equal opportunity. We are a unique organisation passionate about Performing arts, Education and Therapeutics. We see the bigger picture and we would love you, as a parent or learner, to see and share our vision too!

      Young People Actors
      4
      When a new learner starts a class with us, we want them to have a very positive experience and look at the progression they can make for their future and wellbeing in learning. Therefore, we offer clear progression routes for those who continue learning with us and advancement right through to our Junior Academy and our Adult Theatre classes / Theatre Company. Previous learners have grown with us and found employment in creative industries/ theatre or accessed further and higher education in performing arts.
      5

      We are a qualified, certified and registered charity which is well established (over 15 years) and are widely recognized within the Performing Arts industry in performance and achievement of successes. We are registered with various examination boards.

      Parents will be invited to regular Showcases where learners will present the work they have been doing. These will be followed by presentation ceremonies to award achievements. There will also be an opportunity for teacher and parent consultations. A parent consultation will always be available by appointment or at the request of a teacher!

      6
      Our young children learn essential performance skills including:
      • Stage craft & awareness of theatre space
      • Vocal clarity & expression
      • Movement
      • Character
      • Rhythm & Sound
      • Dance
      • Singing
      • Musical Theatre Skills
      • Comedy
      • TV & Film Acting

      We are passionate about theatre and hope that everyone learns, advances and above all, enjoys their time with us!

      Previous shows include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream in da Club, Dir Robbie Humphries. Ubu Presidente, Dir Robbie Humphries. Animal Farm, Dir Dave Turner. A Christmas Carol, Dir Tamara Gummer. Under the artistic direction of Robbie Humphries the Youth Theatre Academy were awarded the prestigious KCC Try Angle Award for their work within the community.

    • Tamara Gummer

      Tamara Gummer

      Tamara has trained at Miskin Theatre and Canterbury Christ Church University. Tam currently runs Walk Tall Youth Theatre Lab and made her directorial Debut this year with a youth adaption of A Christmas Carol.
    • The Youth Theatre academy takes place at the following venue:

      • Old Town Hall
      • 24 High St, Gravesend DA11 0AZ
      • On: Tuesdays 17:00 to 18:30

    • SPRING TERM 2
      TUES 20th FEB
      TUES 27th FEB
      TUES 06th MAR
      TUE 13th MAR
      TUE 20th MAR (SHOWCASE)
    • JUNIOR THEATRE ACADEMY - TERMS & CONDITIONS

      Admission

      Entry to Walk Tall Academies is open to all learners who meet the age requirements of classes.

      Uniform

      The Walk Tall Academy uniform is compulsory. Uniform can be ordered and purchased through your chosen Academy location. Uniforms in correct size do need to be ordered. A pupil will be expected to wear the Walk Tall uniform within one month of joining. Uniform can be obtained by ordering from Walk Tall with an up-front payment.

      Sponsorship

      As a charity organisation who are passionate about engagement in the arts we try to keep our charges as low as possible despite our high quality. We are able to offer limited sponsorship to those unable to pay fees yet really keen to join. A short interview will be required with both parent / guardian and applying pupil to set this up.

      A child can be sponsored by anyone and currently the cost of sponsorship for membership, uniform, and one year of fees could be as little as £200. Uniform sponsorship only £35. One Term £18. Membership £21. So please join our ethos and donate to help another child succeed if you can.

      Awards / Examinations

      All Learners will follow a curriculum set down by Walk Tall’s Artistic Director / Course Director. We run our own; Bronze, Silver and Gold progression steps for awards and achievements. Each progressive step takes about 48 weeks, with termly (6 week) target achievements within that step.

      Learners can be entered for an accredited Arts Award or can access a LAMDA pathway with additional tuition/classes. A learner will not be entered for an examination unless he/she is thought to be ready by the Teacher or Course Director. If parents wish learners to partake within the LAMDA exam structures then it is compulsory that they attend examination classes regularly.

      Photos and Video

      Learners who enrol may have photos/films taken of them performing. These will be used only for Walk Tall promotional material including the website.

      Child Protection, Welfare and Pastoral Care

      Teachers in our schools are fully qualified, supervised and CRB registered with continuing CPD. Our Teaching Support Assistants (TSA), chaperones and pastoral care runs in conjunction within the child protection policies of the UK. All information treated in accordance with Data Protection regulations.

      Behaviour

      Our Ethos at Walk Tall is to promote the professional ethic required within performing arts. We engender an environment of respect for all to flourish in. Each learner is expected to adhere to our rules governing behaviour. A behaviour report will be generated for any learners not following these standards and a parent / guardian will be informed of any behaviour that needs attention.

      Performing Professionally

      Opportunities are given for learners to perform in some productions by Walk Tall Theatre Company including our annual Pantomime at The Mick Jagger Centre. Learners will need to audition for roles. During performing learners are chaperoned by professional, licenced and qualified staff. Any learner that wishes to audition for an outside professional production company, must ask permission from the Walk Tall CEO Ann Duke. If a learner is successful in an audition for an outside production, parents and pupils should be represented by Walk Tall’s Gold agency. This is to avoid exploitation for your child and also of our other learners.

      More than anything we wish for you to enjoy your time and experience with us. We hope everyone learns many new skills and grows in confidence and performance ability. Walk Tall is a charity with a desire to challenge and discover and make that journey delicious. Here’s to joining a unique organisation with a passion for performing arts and to your future.

    • JUNIOR THEATRE ACADEMY AWARDS

      THE WALK TALL ACTING SYSTEM

      These are the foundation steps for progression towards awards across all academies. Certificates are achieved for each subject. This foundation is to prepare learners for more advanced training with Walk Tall.

      BRONZE AWARD

      • Stage craft & awareness of theatre space
      • Vocal clarity & expression
      • Movement
      • Character
      • Rhythm & Sound
      • Dance
      • Singing
      • Rehearsal & Performance

      SILVER AWARD

      • Improvisation
      • Status
      • Developing the voice for performance
      • Movement in performance
      • Acting Styles (E.G. Melodrama, Geek Theatre, Shakespeare, Symbolism)
      • Musical Theatre Skills
      • Comedy
      • Solo Performance (Monologue / Song / Dance)

      GOLD AWARD

      • Ensemble Theatre
      • Acting & Reacting
      • Devising
      • Vocal Resonance & Range
      • Movement Techniques
      • Working with Scripts / Text
      • TV & Film Acting
      • Group Performance
    • LAMDA Exams

      This is an amazing opportunity for selected learners dedicated to improving technique to move forward towards a LAMDA qualification! You will learn how to deliver pieces of theatre to LAMDA standards, and given time, you could leave with a LAMDA qualification. All of this is done through additional workshop style sessions using drama games and performance techniques, to make sure you’re never bored and constantly developing! LAMDA is one of the most identifiable bodies in the performing arts industry.

    • FEES

      Learners are required to pay fees each time the pupil attends a class. Current fees are £3 - £5 per 90 mins class.

      If a learner cannot attend for any reason, he/she will be required to still pay the full fee as we do not ask for a term fee up front.

      A yearly membership is required for all learners that register to be part of Walk Tall. The current annual membership is set at £21. This will usually need to be paid within 2 weeks of joining.

      If you have siblings joining either Junior or Youth Academies you will receive a 50% discount on ongoing yearly membership for one sibling for all the time both siblings are attending. E.g. 1 youth academy learner and one junior academy learner total membership cost £31.50 not £42. If a sibling joins after the other one and full membership has been paid the new sibling will only pay £10.50 yearly membership.

      Academies are open all year round during school term times. Notification will be given of any closures in advance to every pupil in writing. All term dates will be given to parents at the beginning of term or upon their start.

      Learners from our academies may be asked from time to time to perform in local promotional events for Walk Tall or take part in additional rehearsals. There will be no charge for these yet they may fall outside of normal class hours.

      If a pupil decides to leave Walk Tall, notification is needed in writing and submitted to Walk Tall, otherwise payment of a whole term (6 weeks) of fees are required.

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