Stars of West End to deliver theatre workshops in Romford

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 May 2017

Romford students with Victoria Farley and Andrew Bryant

Romford students with Victoria Farley and Andrew Bryant


Actors from some of the West End’s biggest shows will help deliver acting courses for children who love performing during the half-term holidays.

West End Theatre Workshops (WETW) will deliver the three day sessions for six to 18-year-olds, split into juniors from six to 11 and seniors from 12 to 18, at New Vibe Studios, in South End Arterial Road, Romford, from May 29 until May 31.

WETW founder Victoria Farley, who has starred in plays such as Wicked & Les Misérables, set up the company after she was invited to deliver a workshop for students and was touched by how inspired they were.

“A couple years ago I was in Wicked and I was asked by a few performing arts schools to do a workshop and I saw how much the students loved having someone from the show come down,” she explained.

“We talked to them about how we got into it and what happens back stage, I was really moved by how special it was to them.”

The workshops have proved to be popular with the next generation of performers with an average of 60 students attending their weekend courses, and Victoria explained what the youngsters can expect from the day.

“We have a team of 40 West End performers, between them they cover most of the well known musicals,” said Victoria.

“We cover singing, dancing and the drama side so they get a real taste of musical theatre.

“On Wednesday we get family and friends to come in and they produce a mini version of four musicals.”

There will also be a special opportunity for senior students when former Eastenders star and recent winner of reality show Dance, Dance, Dance Jonny Labey will hold a dance workshop from 4pm to 5.30pm on the Wednesday.

Victoria emphasised that the courses are open to all children who love performing regardless of their ability.

“What is really important to me is that we always cater to individual children so if there’s a child that loves dance but isn’t comfortable singing we wouldn’t push them to do something they are uncomfortable doing. We always talk to them and encourage them to do what they love.”

WETW will be held on May 29 to May 31 and cost £90 per student for the three days. To sign up call 07725 034279.

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