The Brockley Central Interview: Take Flight Theatre School

Take Flight is a new theatre school, launching this Wednesday, September 14th. Run by Stevie and Ahmet, two experienced West End performers, it will operate from St Hilda's Church, Crofton Park.

Stevie and Ahmet, Take Flight Theatre School

When BC was at primary school, we would have been pretty pleased with ourselves if we'd recited two lines accurately in the school play and got off stage without our trousers falling down. We recently saw our son's primary school performance of We Will Rock You, an insanely ambitious two-hour production, where 10 year olds were asked to perform Freddy Mercury solos, complex dance routines and harder still, make the audience laugh with page after page of Ben Elton dialogue. Unbelievably, they pulled it off. X Factor cops a lot of flack for breeding a generation that wants instant fame without putting in the hard work - in fact, it's encouraged kids to raise their game. Still reeling from that production, we asked Stevie and Ahmet about the new school:

"We're both from Honor Oak and we've noticed how many more young children there are than when we moved here six years ago. We both have a background in musical theatre and we looked around and felt there was room for at theatre school like this.

"We believe we offer the true West End experience. All our teachers will be active with in current productions and will offer the latest techniques being implemented within musical theatre. The children will also be excited and inspired to meet and be taught by current stars of stage and TV. As well as this, we are promoting and encouraging children to be creative, confident and active.

"Shows like I'd Do Anything, Glee, High School Musical, X Factor and So You Think You Can Dance have really encouraged a whole new generation of kids to give it a try.

"Believe it or not, Brockley is the best place in London to find actors, singers, dancers and musicians in the musical theatre industry. In fact the train line from London Bridge down to Brockley and onwards is often referred to as the “West End Express”. You’ll always bump into a performer on there! We will never have a shortage of teachers and already have a list of people interested.

"Lee Mead is one of our supporters. Stevie worked with him when she was covering the part of Elphaba, the green witch in Wicked. As well as being a collegue and friend, he is very keen to support Brockley, given his connection with the area.

"We plan to do an end of year summer show where parents and friends will be invited to come and witness what the children have achieved! And yes we do plan to talk to the Brockley Jack. It’s such a great venue with a great reputation. To link with them would be fabulous!"

Take Flight begins taster sessions on Wednesday - you can find all the details on their website.

18 comments:

mb said...

Blimey sounds like "legs Akimbo", more like Royston Vasey every day...in a good way.

(I played 3rd shepherd in the nativity play, threw the stuffed lamb at Mary. That was my carrer over before it started, the nuns would make Simon Cowell blanche)

Anonymous said...

There used to be the Montage theatre for children around here. Good heritage of this kind of thing around here.

Brockley Nick said...

Montage is still going http://www.montagetheatre.com/

Matt-Z said...

Good luck to them. Local drama is to be celebrated, and the Brockley Jack theatre draws crowds from far and wide.

Never heard anyone call the trains the West End Express. Similarly never hear anyone call the Overground the Ginger Line, but people claim it is so.

ot said...

"Ginger line" and "broccoli" are used by people that are new to the area, they think it's funny.

Anonymous said...

The 'Ginger Line' is funny...I've been hear for 10years. Shall i leave?

ot said...

As predictable as clockwork. Yes do leave for being a cliched twerp.

Anonymous said...

No, not a twerp. A diffference of opinion perhaps. I like the silly 'Ginger Line' monica, I like the poster for Brockley Market, I like the cmill on a childs face, I like seeing kittens play.

Cheer up...it's free you know.

ot said...

yes you are a twerp an argumentative one at that and I'll not be taking life lessons from someone who thinks 'ginger line' is funny. You probably laugh at a toilet flushing or My Family!

Anonymous said...

No, WE'RE arguing. Whether or not 'Ginger Line is funny is not a substative fact. It's an opinion, I think it is, you think it isn't. Now it's not Eddie Izzard funny but it makes me smirk. Don't get in such a huff.

Move along, nothing to see here.

(for the record I don't think toilets flushing are funny or indeed My Family. You an I are closer than you think)

ot said...

No we're not!

Anonymous said...

Oh yes we are.

Tressilliana said...

He's behind you!

ot said...

The ugly sisters?

Anonymous said...

Is the chuch named after Hilda Baker?

Anonymous said...

FreddIE Mercury!

Anonymous said...

Know this is an old link but my girls have spent a year at take flight theatre school now. It is brilliant, the shows have been excellent and my girls have gained in confidence, singing and acting techniques. We haven't had to fork out for expensive costumes for classes or shows unlike other local drama groups. All kids get a chance to have a go whatever their ability. Great fun, excellent teachers

Anonymous said...

That's brilliant. There's also Centre Stage Theatre School on Saturdays in Telegraph Hill. It operates on a pay-as-you-go basis which has opened the door to the performing arts for lots of children over the last 11 years. www.centrestage-arts.co.uk

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