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As a Drama teacher, I would thoroughly recommend a workshop led by Mike. We have been lucky enough to have Mike in twice, once to lead a workshop with our Year 9s (who had opted for GCSE Drama) and more recently, to work specifically with our More Able GCSE pupils. Both times, pupils have filled out a questionnaire, with 100% agreeing that it was ‘Excellent’, ‘Thoroughly Enjoyable’ and that they would be able to apply the skills learnt to their practical assessments. Mike has an ability to get the best out of the pupils with his high energy approach whilst also maintaining an inclusive atmosphere, so pupils feel confident working together. It’s also a great way to learn new improvisation techniques which can be built into units of work. A great way to enthuse pupils about the possibilities of Drama.

Head of Drama, Great Baddow, High School, Chelmsford, Essex

Mike from Stage-ed recently visited Hillpark Secondary school and worked with a range of pupils from S1-S6. He led pupils through an inter-active and physical workshop, introducing them to the rehearsal process experienced by professional actors. The Blood-Brothers work-shop was well structured and fun! Pupils enjoyed experimenting with accents and bringing the characters to life. They were invigorated by the unique experience and requested more work-shop days in the future. Mike’s enthusiasm and energy kept everyone engaged throughout. He covered a lot of ground in the workshop including career pathways, his personal experiences of acting in major productions was informative and inspiring. Mike took time to answer questions at the end of the workshop and offered much appreciated support to the cast members of our school show. We highly recommend this specialist, high-energy work-shop! Pupil Comments “Wish we could have more workshop days like that!” “It was an amazing workshop and I learned so much.” “I enjoyed working with the senior pupils. Some of them were very good actors.” “Mike was great actor! He helped me learn how to do a Liverpool accent.”

Hillpark Secondary School Glasgow

Amanda from the Lion King was energetic, enthusiastic, professional, and hugely engaging. What she did with these students in a day was amazing. This has really helped and inspired them in preperation for their Lion King performance. Other staff noted there was a buzz around the hall. We look forward to working with you again”. David Killick, Broughton Fields Primary School.

Broughton Fields Primary School

My son thoroughly enjoyed the week long workshop, came home every night excited to tell us what he had learned, performed a very slick looking show on the Saturday followed by a pizza party. Already waiting to sign up for next time along with his little sister and cousin who were very impressed with the show and really wanted to be a part of it. Fully inclusive and made our son feel very confident, learned a massive amount in a week. Highly recommended.

Ballakermeen High School Studio Theatre

It was fabulous last time and you should know that a group of year 11 students used the work they did with you for one of the scenes in their final moderation. I had 9 students- 7 gained a maximum 45/45 for their performance, one got 44 and another got 42! Not bad, eh? Must have been one of the highest scoring moderations in the country. They were an exceptional bunch and I won’t get another cohort like them but thank you for your contribution as I’m sure it gave them the edge.

Erica Squires – Scarisbrick Hall School

Just wanted to say thank you again for Friday’s workshop – it was absolutely brilliant and the students are still raving about it.

I must also let you know that Jake, who I said was not doing drama next year, went home and spoke to his mum and has since enquired about enrolling on a drama course at Strodes! I am over the moon! Thank you!

Look forward to booking you again soon

Debbie Lockhart – Mathew Arnold School

Wow. I just wanted to say thank you to all involved today, unfortunately I didn’t get chance to say goodbye. It was fantastic and the students, and staff, loved every minute. It really was a ‘wow’ moment seeing some of our most challenging students working in that way. Wonderful. I can’t wait for Macbeth now!
Thanks again.

Jo Hesketh – West Grantham Academy

The workshop was absolutely brilliant, Alex was engaging and energetic throughout and the pupils went right along with him- even those who can be not so self confident joined in and went for it.

The activities were exciting and got the pupils to think about the text in a different way, so much so that I have actually stolen something they made with Alex to start of a scene they are doing in class! His knowledge of both texts was thorough and he added a personal touch due to his own involvement in the productions. He also answered any questions well and articulated his own path to acting very clearly, giving pupils an idea of how they too could get into a career like his.

The resources were used brilliantly, and every task was laid out clearly and Alex made sure everyone knew what to do before they started and then moved amongst them, helping give ideas or keep them on track.

Overall 2 hours was not enough for all of Alex’s great ideas but he condensed the tasks to fit our tight timescale.

Jo Conway Portlethean

A really good day with some great positive feedback from our pupils and staff. Larner and Tom (cast members from An Inspector Calls) were fab and really brought things to life for classes. A really enjoyable day. Thank you.

Nicholas Phillips – RGS Worcester

Nearly 50 Y11 students from St. Joseph’s College, Reading travelled up to see one of the final performances of Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End before it closed. The students were thrilled and amazed at the quality of acting; also reduced to tears before the final curtain came down. The following Monday we were very excited to welcome Lou and Mike, members of the cast we had seen to our College to conduct a workshop. The pupils were treated to a professional insight into what it is like to be a performer at the very highest level. The students were very active and completed a range of exercises ranging from theatre games to scripted scenes. To say the students were inspired is an understatement and we would definitely recommend this experience to any Drama Department in the country. The workshop leaders were happy to tailor the experience on the day as a Y11 GCSE Group benefitted from help in developing a devised piece they were working on. The students were buzzing from the visit and it was refreshing for them to ask questions about the profession that were answered fully by working professionals. More than a workshop, more like a real experience of ‘Theatre’ in every sense of the word.

Rich Robson, Deputy Head – SJC

WOW! We were utterly blown away last week – thank you for our wonderful workshop! The children had a ball and learnt so much, the teachers learnt a great deal too. I will definitely be calling Stage-ed again. Thank you for inspiring our children! You are amazing.

Knightsbridge School

Gareth was amazing with the students and we had a wonderful session with him. I particularly thought the way he put them at ease and made them feel it was ok to be themselves thoroughly helped. I would recommend him to anyone. We are booking you again next year for The Crucible.

Jennie Miles – Winchcombe School

Stage Ed have delivered 2 outstanding workshops for our pupils. Both creative, engaging and packed with the transferable Drama skills we aim to provide for our pupils. The workshop gives the pupils a special professional experience and an insight into the industry. Our pupils absolutely loved it. We highly recommend this company.

St Marys

We would like to say a huge thank you Stage-Ed and Mike for a fantastic day working on An Inspector Calls! Mike delivered an engaging and entertaining revision workshop for almost a whole year group throughout the course of just one day. Mike’s enthusiasm and knowledge of the play really encouraged the students to come out of their shells and dig deeper into the plot, characters and context of the play. Some of our most unlikely students were jumping around the hall and creating thoughtful freeze frames (a hand full of students even attempted to partake in the workshop twice). I know that the students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and it was invaluable to their revision for their WJEC GCSE English exam. We look forward to working with Mike and the team again soon. – Laura Cope, Cardiff high School

Cardiff High School

Fantastic ‘bespoke’ workshop delivered by Michael Southern It engaged my students, challenged them and they thoroughly enjoyed it and loved working with him. This is just the start of our work with this company! Get involved and your students will be thrilled!

Kimberley Carden – Orminston Bollingbroke Academy

The 39 Steps workshop was really great. Stage-ed covered everything that I asked for and the students had a fab time.

Megan Hitchings – The Nailsea School

The best masterclass we have had in..” Pauline Quirke Academy, Bradley Stoke.

Pauline Quirk Academy

We had Stage-ed in to work with our GCSE English students on An Inspector Calls and they really brought the texts to life. Mike sharing his experience as a performer really helped to give the pupils a clear perspective on the impact of stagecraft. Stage Ed were really accommodating and the pupils learned a lot from the sessions, it was a great experience.

Richard Worsely – Carnforth High School

Gareth was absolutely amazing in the National Theatre Connections workshop. His whole persona was incredible. He was extremely inspiration, approachable, professional and very friendly. He was such a lovely man. He gave the students time at the end to answer any questions, which went down really well. He was superb and I’m so grateful you sent him!

BEMAT (Bedfors East Multi Academy Trust)

Thank you so much to Lou and Jo for providing such a fantastic workshop yesterday! The students loved every second and the yr11’s feel really excited about their performance exam on Tuesday! I would also like to share my appreciation as the ladies stayed a little longer so the year 11 students could perform some of their scenes from the Blood Brothers exam piece while Lou and Jo provided feedback and advice. This was above and beyond what they came to do and we were all so appreciative of it. I would absolutely love to stay in contact for future sessions. Thank you again for such a fun and purposeful end to the week.

Lisa Harms, Farnham Heath End School

All I can say is, thank you!!!!! Craig was bloody fantastic in the We Will Rock You workshop and brilliant with teaching the students and also giving staff techniques for us to use in the future. Craig was amazing to work with. Thank you for organising this for us

Joe Wyatt – St James Exeter

The workshop was very interesting for all of the students. The warm up put all the students at ease and the manner of the leaders was excellent. The Q&A; was very useful especially to students wishing to take drama further

QE11 High School, Isle Of Man

Stage-ed are brilliant. No hesitation in recommending them at all. We have booked them more than once because of the highly energetic pace and superb levels of engagement that they create with students. They are always professional and really give students a deeper insight into a play. As a teacher, they leave me feeling inspired (and with plenty of ideas that I can pinch for warm ups etc) plus, our students genuinely like them and always ask if we can book them again. So if anyone’s thinking about booking, I’d say their workshops are some of the best I’ve seen and you won’t regret it!

Helena Anderson – Sirius Academy, Hull

Thank you so much for coming to school today and for being so wonderful with all the girls and our staff. It was such a privilege to have you with us and I have had so many people telling me how much they enjoyed the assembly and the workshop with a cast member from 42nd street.
Michael thank you to you as well for all your help in booking Clare and putting us in touch. I am sure you are not surprised to hear what a star she was!

Lorraine Razzell – Head of Dance / Head of Upper School

Stage-ed provided a series of excellent workshops which built very successfully on our pupils’ study of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Catheram School

What a fantastic day we had! Our west-end star, Jono from Matilda was absolutely brilliant and a very good teacher. The girls were inspired by the routines they learnt and left on such a high! We will definitely be working with stage-ed again. – Katy Johnston, Carshalton school for girls.

Carshalton School for Girls

After researching the new spec for Edexcel our school felt a workshop by STAGED would be a great foundation for the pupils and give myself new ideas for exploring the text. Mike was an enthusiastic practitioner and helped put students at ease straight away. He enabled pupils of all abilities to examine many of the key themes and characters of the text and it was a great and exciting morning.

St James Catholic High School – Stockport

I thought the workshop was brilliant and the students where eagerly taking part. It was obvious that they were enjoying themselves and they were proud of what they had achieved by the end (a scene from blood brothers).
Mike, who led, cast the scene very expertly and accurately (I thought) It seemed like he had chosen the perfect people in the roles even though he had only just met the group. There was time at the end for the students to ask him about the industry.

Louise Stirling – Glenthorne School

I cannot even begin to say how much the pupils enjoyed today. A couple found me after you had gone and asked did I know exactly when you were coming back! Bless them! I also think that you have inspired Joe even more to become a professional actor!
It was lovely to see students like Oli, Henry and especially Ralph focus (mostly) for the workshop. Just brilliant.
I love your energy!

Heather Blackmore – Head of Performing Arts, Rockwood School.

A fantastic workshop today at Kenilworth School and Sixth Form. Thank you Mike. The students were inspired by you and the workshop! You brought Blood Brothers to life in a new way for them….

Kenilworth School