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So Far in 2017

So far in 2017

During our first classes of 2017 we have enjoyed singing and acting with some old friends as well as new ‘students’ and teachers.

For our first evening class of 2017 we welcomed Matt Winkworth as a fabulous new singing teacher, and Paul Chesterton returned for the drama element of the session. We also welcomed many eager, if slightly wary, new participants, who were immediately made to feel at home. Returning ‘students’ have been joined by more people keen to find out what it’s all about, and been treated to the varied teaching techniques of familiar instructors Roxy, Tristan and Hannah.
The January/February sessions have been hilarious at times, with physical theatre, improv, and ‘intention’ making appearances in drama, and pop, jazz, musical theatre and even medieval and Indian songs being taught during the singing classes. We hope that even more new ‘students’ will be encouraged to join one
of our great groups on Wednesday mornings or Thursday evenings.



There are still more introductions to be made. Say ‘Hello!’ to two of our newest inspirational instructors.

Thea Oxbury

Thea has over 20 years of experience as a performer, writer and applied theatre practitioner. She has worked with youth and community theatres and on projects with Theatre North, the Ambassadors Theatre Group, Tricycle Theatre and Camden People’s Theatre. As a performer she has worked in TV, film and theatre, from the West End to children’s and street theatre.


Frankie Alexandra

Frankie has a BA in musical theatre from Blackpool School of Creative Arts, where she found her calling
as a professional singer, performer, director, musical
director and vocal coach. Frankie offers various skillsets including vocal technique, confidence building through music, acting through song, characterization technique and choreography for musicals and showcases.


‘School Trips’

So far in January and February we have seen Showstopper: The Improvised Musical! at the Oxford Playhouse and Dead Funny: The Improvised Funeral, put on by the wonderful Oxford Imps. This ‘homework’, revising the ‘rules of improv’ we have learnt about in class, is far more enjoyable than any we used to have in school. Look out for more trips being organized soon.


International Women’s Day

On Friday March 10th Rose Hill Community Centre is hosting an afternoon of free activities in celebration of International Women’s Day. From fitness to arts and crafts, massage and relaxation to basic car maintenance, there is something for ladies of all ages. We will be putting on a singing and a drama workshop, and you can contact Claire to find out more.



New Year, New You…

New Year, New You…

In our Oxford city location, we have now hosted our first four singing and drama classes of 2017, and what a happy, positive and sociable experience it has been.

New year, new you, and all that jazz. At Open Stage Arts we don’t need to reinvent ourselves, but new elements recently added to the mix undoubtedly improve the great concept, of a fun, pressure-free performing arts experience for adults, we have already established.

New location

First, there’s our new location. Rose Hill Community Centre is a great facility. The rooms we have our classes in are bright, clean and fresh, with big windows that help create an atmosphere conducive to creativity and expression. But it is not just the building that makes for a happy new home: the staff within the space complete the picture. As well as taking bookings and dealing with enquiries, getting rooms ready and generally ‘being there’ if we need them, everyone at the centre is friendly, helpful and supportive. Here it feels as though we are a part of a community, not just a group that rents a room.

New teachers

This year we have once again increased our pool of fabulous instructors, to give the ‘students’ the most varied experience we can. The teachers are professional actors, writers, directors and vocal coaches that have so much knowledge and experience to share with us. I want the sessions across the whole term to be interesting, diverse and enlightening. The individual teachers bring that diversity in spades, while at the same time complementing each other’s teaching methods and specialties.

Best of all, new ‘students’

We have also had the pleasure of welcoming many new ‘students’ to the sessions. It is good to know that I am not the only person who thinks that dabbling in singing and drama activities for fun is a good idea. Men and women of all ages have signed up for taster sessions and given us a go. Some come for the social aspect, some just to have fun; some have enjoyed drama at school or even had professional training, others have never done anything like this before; some people want to improve their voice – for speaking as well as singing – others want to boost their confidence; but all are keen to try something new.

On arrival, the majority of participants have not known another soul in the room, but after just a few minutes an outsider wouldn’t guess that to be the case. An instructor who is initially surrounded by a circle of nervous/excited/confident/terrified faces soon has the group knowing everybody’s names, joining in with all manner of activities and acting like they have known each for years. In the last two weeks we have been tied up in knots (literally), told each other ‘I love you’ and ‘Make the tea’, sung in Finnish and Ghanaian, and in three-part harmonies, written haikus and played ‘It’ in slow motion. It really has been the most amount of fun.