Jo

I was a very shy child with a small voice but a huge imagination. When I was nine my Mum took me to see Swan Lake and I was instantly hooked on the magic of theatre and creative storytelling. It was suggested that drama might help me find my feet and after my first class I never looked back. I attended every Saturday, joined a youth theatre company and at eighteen left home to train as an actor.

After graduating with a BA Hons in Theatre Arts I knew I wanted to teach. Over eighteen years and three children later, I have acted with, directed and taught children and young people of all ages, with different backgrounds and experiences. I have directed many times for the Norfolk’s Schools Opera Project, was Artistic Director of the professional Actors Company and am currently Deputy Director at the Norwich Theatre Royal Arts Course.

I started Little People’s Drama Company because I believe passionately in the benefits of creative education and the life long skills good drama teaching can provide. I love watching our little people explore and grow through drama and creative play and always look forward to the new and exciting things they discover in every session.

Suzy

After Kermit the Frog, drama was my first love. I went to both drama and speech classes twice a week for 10 years and during that time I met Jo.

Since then I have developed and managed several businesses both locally and internationally, including those in the talent sector, I’ve embraced the wonder of becoming a mother and step-mother too. I am now using my 20year business experience to expand and promote Little People’s Drama Company and love what I do.

I organise the day to day business management, admin and promotion, leaving class planning, syllabus and teaching to the professionals. You’ll see me dashing in and out of classes taking photos, saying ‘hi’ and seeking the joy of watching our students faces light up and their imaginations spark with all the thrill that drama brings.

We have high aspirations for Little People’s Drama Company and passionately believe that what we do and the quality of how we deliver it would be embraced not only in many other areas of the UK but internationally too. Most important though is that every child loves each class. It’s all about the moment.

 

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Hannah

Most of my early childhood was spent dressing up and putting on shows with my siblings in the garden. Visitors to our house were, of course, forced into watching hours of performances I had created and noisily directed between naps and mouthfuls of digestive biscuits!

Keen to channel this enthusiasm, and have a minute’s peace, my parents enrolled me on the Theatre Royal Arts Course in Norwich at the age of nine. Drama soon became something I loved and I felt my confidence growing. At 16 I joined the Theatre Royal’s resident Youth Company where I auditioned and participated in a wide range of shows for several years. This fed my love of performance and enabled me to pursue drama at a higher educational level, achieving a diploma in the Performing Arts.

For the last two years I travelled Australia and it was here I discovered a love for working with young children. I worked as a nanny on a farm in the middle of the outback, looking after three wonderful children. We spent countless hours putting on shows, singing and dancing, just as I did as a child.

Now back in my hometown of Norwich, and with a keen interest in exploring and producing children’s theatre, I am delighted to be working with Little People’s Drama Company and look forward to creating adventures with your little people!

 

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Laura

I’ve always loved making up stories since I can remember. Being brought up in the Lake District, I was often out and about, building forts or climbing trees pretending to be Tarzan.

Since I was young, I can remember being the entertainer for the kids at parties. I would invent games or make up dances to teach and for some reason they listened to 8yr old me.

Fast forward 10 years and I was lucky to get a place at The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts to study Acting. Upon graduating, I performed in A LOT of Shakespeare, so much so I would add “Ye Olde” and “thou” to pretty much any sentence.

I am passionate about creating new work and in 2017 I wrote, produced and performed in my first play at the N16 Theatre to outstanding reviews.

 

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Poppy

I discovered my love for performing when I was given the role of Mary in my year 1 school nativity, despite this being the main role I insisted I was going to be a musician as well and would leave baby Jesus with Joseph to run off and play various instruments during the songs.

I was an anxious child, I struggled with confidence and independence. I will never forget my year 4 drama teacher. She helped me discover whole worlds, took me away from my anxious tendencies and built my confidence through acting. Tackling script work and poetry, even Shakespeare.

I fell in love with Acting because of her teaching. I attended amateur dramatic clubs and trained at my local dance school throughout my teenage years. I made the decision to go to City College to study Musical Theatre and from there I began auditioning for drama schools. I’ve trained at East 15 Acting School for 4 years. Graduating with a Cert He in Theatre Arts and a First Class BA Hons in Acting and Community Theatre.

I’ve worked with a variety of people in the community, I am passionate about bringing drama to those who perhaps do not have access to it. I also strongly believe that drama is for everyone and is a tool that can be used to develop a person in many ways. I have worked a lot with children, running my own youth theatre I discovered the importance of drama in a child’s development.

 

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Sharon

As a child, I was quiet, shy and retiring- unless I was playing with my teddies and dressing up things. I discovered Drama quite accidentally, at the age of 16, when I had a gap to fill on my A level timetable! I went on to train as a teacher with Drama as one of my mains. Working with Nursery and Infant age children, I loved the fact that play and learning could go hand in hand. Learning through discovery and particularly through the Arts was always something I worked hard to promote, particularly as a Headteacher.

In a different career direction I worked, for over 10 years, as a tutor on the Theatre Royal Arts Course and have now been a Foster Carer for 16 years. I also perform with a local physical theatre company and love nothing more than working and playing with others to lose and discover ourselves all at the same time!

I am so impressed with what The Little People’s Drama Company offers and am really excited to be working with them. I can’t wait to meet and work with you and your little people. Dressing up and adventures are calling to me once again!

 

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Gabby

I grew up in Norwich and always enjoyed theatre and music at school, but it was a bit later that I decided I was going to try and make it my profession. I trained at drama school and worked for several years as an actor, touring the UK and abroad in plays from classical Shakespeare to contemporary comedy.

I then became the Programme Manager for the arts charity Poet in the City, a fantastic role which combined my love of literature with performing for live audiences.

I oversaw an annual programme of literary events in venues across London, often hosting on stage and performing poetry, and working with some wonderful poets and actors.

I returned to Norwich almost two years ago, coming home to rediscover a city brimming with arts and culture. I’m really excited to be working with Little People’s Drama, particularly as I now have a little person of my own who loves going on amazing adventures!