Starting with just one pupil in 1998, the Cheryl Rowlands School of Drama has grown rapidly over the years and to date we have had hundreds of pupils registered with us. We have an excellent reputation both locally and nationally, and all our staff have enhanced CRB checks in place. There is no audition process, and our classes are run very much on a FUN! Basis. Hard work and commitment are rewarded.
CLASSES ARE HELD AT THE DRAMA STUDIO, PORTISHEAD YOUTH CLUB, HARBOUR ROAD, PORTISHEAD, BRISTOL – SATURDAYS
NURSERY CLASS - 2-4 yrs - 10am-11am - £6.50 PER SESSION
INFANT CLASS - 5–7yrs - 11am-12pm - £6.50 PER SESSION
JUNIOR CLASS - 8-12 yrs - 12pm–1pm - £6.50 PER SESSION
SENIOR CLASS - 13-16 yrs - 1pm-2pm - £6.50 PER SESSION
*New parents, please ring prior to your first visit*
The Drama School also has a uniform comprising of yellow or blue t-shirts, black leggings and trainers.
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Cheryl Rowlands (DipAppSocSc), LAMDA (Gold) is our Drama Principal. A trained actress, she began the Cheryl Rowlands School of Drama in September 1998 with one pupil. Since then, hundreds of pupils have been registered with the School and the School has seen much success in Professional television and theatre with pupils having been commissioned for professional work on popular tv dramas such as Casualty, Being Human, Copycats, Skins and Mistresses. Cheryl’s own television credits are, amongst others, Casualty, Dr Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Being Human, Torchwood, Dalziel and Pascoe, and The Royal Coronation. In addition, she has undertaken many shoots for Take a Break magazine, and recently wrote a screenplay for a new sequel for the popular 1960′s detective series “Randall & Hopkirk” (see our special feature on this). Last year she was Casting Director on the independently-made film “Runland” (please see our feature on “The Making of Runland”). Further work is in the pipeline and we look forward to more professional successes.
Alex Corrigan is our Drama Associate. She joined the Cheryl Rowlands School of Drama as a pupil at the age of 10 and took lead roles in many of our productions. At the age of 16, she became a Class Assistant, and now, two years later, she is now Drama Associate and helps Cheryl to run the Drama School, hosting this year’s Open Day and making fabulous props and scenery for our Shows, helping with scripts and dances.
Melissa Rowlands (Drama Techie) took part in her first Show at the age of eighteen months when we staged our adaptation of “The Jungle Book” in July 1999. Since then she has taken on many roles in our Drama Shows and has appeared in professional productions such as “The Wizard of Oz” at The Bristol Hippodrome and the BBC’s “Being Human” working alongside Werewolf Russell Tovey . Now aged 14, Melissa has moved away from the acting side and has taken on and takes care of all our techie requirements. She edits the music and operates the lighting and sound during our shows and created this website. She has recently applied to Aardman Animations in Bristol for a Summer placement and we wish her well in this exciting venture.