I joined Saturday Stage School when I was 11, and I know none of the staff or students will believe me now but I was shy, quiet and had no confidence. Performing was just a hobby and I never ever imagined that 9 years later I would be at university studying performing arts. The staff at SSS are so talented and are always supportive towards all the students. Their enthusiasm and experience in the industry is what made my experience at the school so positive and so much fun and what encouraged me to continue studying performing arts. If it wasn’t for SSS and all the staff I wouldn’t be doing what I do now.
I joined Saturday Stage Schools in January 1999. I remember crying and telling my Dad I didn’t want to be there. After five minutes doing drama games with Jeff, I loved it and they’ve had to put up with me ever since. The staff have helped me so much in all aspects of the theatre. Everything I’ve learned from the theatre industry I’ve learned at SaturdayStage School, and not only have I gained knowledge and experience, but I’ve had the best time along the way. Saturday Stage School is always a lively and fun place to be with an equally positive and enthusiastic atmosphere and without it I would not have been encouraged to pursue acting professionally. In the past few years I, have been lucky enough to appear in Tracy Beaker, Vera and most proudly, as Dennis Viollet in the BBC Film United alongside David Tennant. I can’t thank the staff at Saturday Stage Schools enough for everything they’ve taught me and every success must therefore be attributed to them. It doesn’t get better than this!
Once upon a time, not far from here, a keen young lad badgered his parents to allow him to go to stage school. Sick of his moaning, the long suffering parents relented and at the age of 11, Andrew entered Saturday Stage School in the “Mids”, causing general havoc for staff and students alike. 5 years, many performances and a great deal of close friendships later he left the school to pursue his dramatic studies further. He attended Whitley Bay High School 6th Form College and eventually gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Performance at Northumbria University.
While there he was lucky enough to have been noticed by his current agent who helped him secure an Understudy role in Lee Hall’s hit play “The Pitmen Painters” which toured the UK before a successful run in London’s West End. An unfortunate side effect of this good luck was the need to change his name to Lawrence (thanks Equity) which has made trying to remember how to introduce himself an adventure!
Andrew’s time at the school was a wonderful, enjoyable experience during which he worked with and was instructed by some of the kindest, most hard working and dedicated people he has ever had the pleasure of meeting. The opportunities he was afforded while at the school to display and nurture his love of the stage have affected him greatly, most notably in his mind are the various visits to Ryton Drama festival where the school has won several awards. He would very much like to thank all at Saturday Stage School, past and present for making his time there a memorable one and he wishes them all the very best to come. Long live SSS!!
I was with Saturday stage school for eight years and I loved every second of it! Stage was like a second home to me and I felt like part of one big family. I remember on the first day when I was really nervous but after about 2 minutes I soon fitted in and knew that this was where I wanted to be. All the staff were so polite and friendly to me. Stage school has made me such a better performer and given me confidence and helped me through a lot. Without it I wouldn’t be half as good as I am now. Working towards the summer shows gave me such a buzz and I loved it when everything came together. Thanks to Saturday stage school, I have gone on to be in many performances in stage like my favourites, Billy Elliott and Seussical the musical. Outside of stage I have been in shows including Les Miserables, Oliver and a professional show; Matthew Bourne’s Lord of the Flies at the Theatre Royal. I couldn’t have been in any of these things without Saturday Stage School and thank god my mum took me down to St Andrews church on that saturday afternoon.
I went to Saturday Stage School for 12 years right from the age of 4 and I can honestly say I loved every minute. I made life long friends and the amazing staff definitely helped me grow as an individual; I wouldn’t be as loud as I am today without them! The skills I learnt helped and inspired me to achieve a distinction in BTEC Performing Arts too. I thoroughly enjoyed the electrifying atmosphere when performing the summer musicals, but most all of all, my Saturdays never had a dull moment.