Theatre School

Children join Act One for very different reasons: some because they are born performers who need a vehicle for their talents, others because they are shy and need to build on their self-confidence. We welcome both into a warm, friendly and supportive environment. Our sessions are relaxed and fun and our results are highly professional. The children give their best because they are enjoying what they are doing and building a love and respect for the theatre.


At Act One we strive for excellence in all we do. Our productions are always a vehicle for the talents of our students and showcase the dedication and drive of our staff and performers.


Founded in 2002, we now have 17 years experience of delivering the very best in Performing Arts training to children and young people. Our staff are warm and welcoming and our classes are fun places to be. 


We offer classes to children from age 2 up to age 18. Students can choose to just enjoy performing in our excellent shows or to undertake qualifications in their chosen field. 


We want to build confidence, well-being and social skills most of all, with the aim on creating a happy and well rounded young person with a passion for the arts. It is vital to us that  every student feels they have an important role in our productions and understands it takes a strong and sensitive team to make a successful show!


We are incredibly proud that we are the only Theatre School in Oldham that is recognised as meeting the requirements of PAT.  The PAT  is an industry regulator. The PAT gold mark is a guarantee of quality and safe performing arts practice. After 17 successful years we are delighted to have again been awarded validation, demonstrating to parents and guardians that we adhere to the standards demanded by the industry; standards designed to protect and safeguard young people whether performing for leisure or with an eye to a career in the profession.


Act One teachers are industry professionals who are qualified and CRB checked. A qualified first-aider is on hand at each class.


Further information on our classes is available in the column to the left

Please complete the 'Join Us' page to register your interest.


Musical Theatre students:

80 Days Around The World - 29th & 30th June at Shaw Playhouse 2


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