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If you’re looking for a way for your children (aged 3 to 16) to have a brilliant time, burn off some energy, improve their confidence, and meet new friends, look no further than our fantastic holiday courses that run during the school holidays from 10am-4pm daily, usually Monday to Friday.

We take a unique and proven approach, honed over 20 years. We start with the name of the theme – that’s all! Over the course of 5 days the students invent the story, devise the scenes, script the play (weith us following on behind typing things up) and then putting on an amazing show for families and friends. It also means that every week is different so children can come to as many as they like.

We often use the SandPit Theatre for the final show and recently we’ve been trying new things, such as performing around the school campus promenade-style. But wherever we stage it, the final show is always a smash!

And perhaps the best recommendation comes from the number of children who come back to our holiday courses year after year. No experience is necessary, and there are no auditions.

We accept Childcare Vouchers and now we offer early drop offs too.

And in 2020 the Covid situation inspired us to even greater creative heights! Watch this…

A Best Theatre Arts holiday workshop is not just a drama class, a singing class or a dancing class – it is a place for making new friends, building confidence and having a fantastic time – a safe, friendly and dynamic atmosphere where even the most timid child will feel able to join in. 

This is what happened in 2021 summer courses 

For ages 6 to 16

Wonderland!  26-30 July (St Albans)

Alice was older but wanted to return to Wonderland. This may have been a mistake! Somebody stole the tea (and the T’s) so Weeldedum and Weedledee and the Whie Rabbi got very confused!

Waitless   2-6 August (St Albans)

Far away on the edge of space the Great Galactic Bake Off is in full swing with contestants from throughout the universe. In the meantime alines were after our recipes and kidnapped humnas via a black hole. We performed this outside and even had an immersive UV light experience!


The Lost World  9-13 August (St Albans)

Stranded on a strange island by an evil pilot our adventurers went in search of the Golden Unicorn – and they kind of found it…

And acting specialist classes for ages 11+

[email protected] – Comedy 26-30 July (St Albans)

Exploring the surpringly complex but totally enterrtaining world of acting for comedy – the techniques, the tircks and the delivery. A week of acting fun ending with a performance for family and friends! Ages 11+

[email protected] – Shakespeare 2-6 August (St Albans)

OK – here’s the play, but what does it all mean? What makes his works so timeless? And can we have some fun here? Working with Shakespeare can be amazingly excfiting, creative and fulfilling. Here’s a week to help you approach his works with confidence and anticipation! Ages 11+

[email protected] – Film & TV  9-13 August (St Albans)

Why is acting for the camera so different? What are the basic techniques you’ll need? And what are some of the clever tricks? We’ll explire all this and end with a filmed piece to show family and friends. Ages 11+

Fees

£180 (age 6+)
£160 (ages 3 to 5)

Discounts for siblings and multi-week bookings

Early drop off £25 per week

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Best makes Connections with the National Theatre
October 12, 2021

Best has been selected to take part in the 2022 National Theatre Connections programme. This is hugely exciting, following on from our participation in 2015 where we were selected to appear at the National Theatre itself with ‘The Boy Preference’, and our amazing production of ‘These Bridges’ in 2018 at ArtsDepot, Finchley. Our chosen play… Read more »

Best welcomes Eden Lole as Musical Director
August 17, 2021

We are thrilled to introduce you to our new Musical Director, Eden Lole. Eden is a singer, musical director, songwriter, performer and pianist, who began teaching at just 17-years old to her younger peers at school. She continued to teach her throughout her University years, where she graduated with a first-class honour in Music Performance at the British Institute of… Read more »

Best Hertford moves to Heath Mount
August 16, 2021

We are delighted to announce that our Hertford classes are moving to Heath Mount School near Watton-at-Stone. It is a fantastic venue – beautiful buildings and grounds and super facilities, inclding a brand new Performing Arts Centre. There’s more news here, and there’s a free workshop session on 11th September where prospective parents and students… Read more »