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Welcome to Phoenix Theatre Company
Phoenix Theatre Company was launched in 2018 to offer a unique and innovative theatre training for young people across Sussex, at the highest level.
Run by a family with an extensive history in professional performing and directing, Phoenix is excited to offer all students the chance to work with current professionals from every area of the industry.
Our students regularly work with West End stars, casting directors, theatre directors and producers, and a whole range of professional technical experts.
At the Shark Park Cafe, Portslade, Phoenix offers an exciting all-day Saturday school, open to students aged 4 to 19.
Separate to the weekend theatre school in Brighton, Phoenix offers a chance to take part in professionally run full-scale musicals performed around Brighton and Hove, and open to any performers aged 5 – 99 years!
If you are looking for a theatre group for your children, Phoenix Theatre Company is the one to join. We have been working with this company for almost 4 years now; all three of my daughters have been in shows with them. My eldest daughter and youngest daughter go to their Saturday workshops in Hove, they are given so many opportunities, not only from the company, but with the outside West End stars they bring in to do workshops with them as well. Phoenix Theatre Company are a fully inclusive group as well, as long as you can meet their very flexible boundaries you would be welcomed.
During all the uncertainty of the past year, Phoenix theatre company have offered a full three hour session every week on the zoom platform which has included a lot of workshops from West End Stars as well.
Tracy, mum to three students
My daughter Gracie joined the Phoenix Chicks group about 3 months ago and she absolutely loves it!! Everyday she asks if it's Saturday yet!! Amanda and Clare are fantastic, everyone is so friendly and welcoming, I am so happy that Gracie is part of a really wonderful group of people even through lockdown, they worked so hard to make sure everyone still had fun every Saturday on zoom! I couldn't recommend enough!!
Lottie, mum to our youngest Phoenix Chick
Phoenix has really brought my son out of his shell and he is missing seeing everyone during lockdown, so the online sessions have been great! Looking forward to the workshops in a couple of weeks and can’t wait to be back with the Phoenix family.
Sam, mum to a Phoenix Chick and chaperone for the company
My son looks forward to this class every week and we love the fact that despite his additional needs he is welcomed as an equal. Amanda and team have a wealth of talent and theatre contacts and sure know how to put on a show.
Kate, mum to a Phoenix student
My son started at Phoenix a couple of months ago as his previous theatre company felt he was no longer suited to their mainstream class. As soon as he stepped through the door, he was made to feel very welcome by both Amanda and the other students. My son has additional needs and is treated the same as the other students and is respected for who he is. It is a breath of fresh air to find a theatre school who are fully inclusive. Ben has settled well which is a real testament to all Phoenix do and is extremely excited to be taking part in productions and festivals with Phoenix. Amanda is truly dedicated to all the students and spends hours going that extra mile for the children. A truly lovely theatre company.
Anna, mum to a Phoenix student
My daughter loves everything about Phoenix. The whole team are passionate about musical theatre and use their expertise to bring out the very best in each of the children attending. I have seen her confidence improve and she happily jumps out of bed on a Saturday morning. I would highly recommend Phoenix to anyone who wants their child to develop their skills in a caring, supportive environment.
Jo, mum to Phoenix student
I have a 12 and 14 year old who are part of Phoenix. This musical theatre group treats them both the same, but acknowledges their differences. As a result, both my kids have gained from attending the workshops (and other activities) offered by Phoenix , but in different ways to each other. Phoenix has been fantastic for improving their acting singing and dancing skills, but also for their individual personal development and growth. And they have so much fun while all this “learning” takes place!!!! .
I personally recommend Phoenix above all other Musical theatre groups. Especially the larger, national, well known groups. Phoenix members aren’t treated as a number with a pound sign. The wonderful staff get to know each member really well, and use this knowledge to bring out the best of each and everyone of them, rather than attempting to make them fit a mould.
Estelle, mum to two Phoenix performers
I’ve been a student at Phoenix for over two years now and having attended a few different groups, I can honestly say it is zany! I have cerebral palsy so use a wheelchair to get around. “Inclusive.” can be misinterpreted as “Just for those with additional needs.” Running two groups, one for people with additional needs and one without is segregation. Keeping cast members in a separate backstage space because they have a disability is segregation. Well, I can confidently state-None of that goes on here. The choreographer and director don’t dumb down, they even do impressions of a stereotypical patronising person (which is hilarious.) The group gives you opportunities to sharpen your acting skills and creativity through games and dance but specialises in musical theatre. They frequently invite West End performers to do workshops and annually participate in Springboard , one of the UK’s largest drama festivals, with both solo and group entry.
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