Here is the latest on COVID19 as it affects Best (02 July 2020)
The Government has eased the restrictions around holiday clubs which means we are thrilled to confirm that our summer academy courses for ages 6 to 18 will be going ahead! We’ll be following all the Covid-19 protection protocols but that will not stop us from having huge amounts of fun!
Booking is now open and we have limited space so book early!
The other good news is that our summer term-time classes are continuing succesfuly online -all fully interactive, totally creative and LIVE!
That’s Best, Best School of Acting, TheBYTE, and First Class.
We are STILL waiting to here from Government as to what will be permissible during the upcoming school holidays. There seems to be a well-founded rumour that there will be a considerable easing of many of the restirctions around classes so that summer holidays clubs can tajke place – after all, if they don’t how on earth are people meant to get back to work or prepare for the school term starting in September?
So we are planning ahead for our three weeks as originally scheduled 27-31 July, 3-7 August and 10-14 August with an extra week possibly available 20-24 July. We are taking bookings to reserve spaces on what will inevitably be very limited class numbers.
Our current thinking is to run academies as close to usual format as possible 27-31 July and 10-14 August and to have a week that is purely drama focused 3-7 August.
If there is the demand for an online academy again we will certainly run one.
Many thanks for all of you who sent us feedback on our various classes so far. Your support and encouragement has been amazing and we really feel we are on the right track. Running the brilliant Academy and various other courses over the past few weeks has given us a very good idea of what can be achieved in these classes and we are super confident that we will deliver a creative, interactive and FUN experience for all involved. Nothing pre-recorded, all live and interactive.
Thank you again for all your support – it has meant a huge amount to us and we hope that we are bringing some smiles, excitement and engagement into your lockdown!
3 weeks of brilliant shows performed by the nicest groups of children we’ve ever had! It’s been an absolute pleasure. Now we are looking forward to seeing everyone again in September. Have a lovely summer break everyone!
On 26th February at The Maltings, two Best groups will present an exciting and contrasting double bill…
Best School of Acting’s Adavanced group will present a collection of moments from the writings of George Bernard Shaw – ‘To Be Shaw’.
Best’s youth theatre group, TheBYTE, will present ‘Dr Hugh & The Creatives’. Imagine a world where creativity is banned! How did it happen? What is it like? What has happened to society? Could this ever be possible? And can our time travelling Doctor save the day? Award-winning youth theatre group TheBYTE explores this strange world in which imagination has been stifled and the future of true civilisation hangs in the balance…
A catastrophic flood. The Thames barrier has burst and London is submerged. One year on and rumours abound that there’s electricity, even WIFI, on the other side of the vast, murky river. Time to venture off and find a better life somewhere over there. But the river has its secrets…
Best Theatre Arts’ youth group, TheBYTE, proudly presents These Bridges, This challenging, exciting and innovative theatre experience inspires us to consider what we desire, how we challenge our fears and how we may just survive it all. It’s a brand new play written by Phoebe Eclair-Powell for the National Theatre Connections 2018 programme – a nationwide celebration of new plays for young people.
Best’s youth theatre group TheBYTE, are once more taking part in the National Theatre Connections programme, a national competition that saw us invited to perform on the Dorfman stage at the NT in 2015!
This time it’s a disturbing play about a post-deluge London, littered with bodies, and two teenagers’ journey to find out what lies on the opposite bank of the now swollen Thames. It’s an astonishing play and will feature a huge amount of precision physical theatre by the ensemble.
Tickets are on sale shortly here for the performances at The Maltings Arts Theatre 26-28 March.