What we offer
Who we are
Welcome to Bristol Academy of Drama (B.A.D.).
We are a 5* rated affordable drama school offering children of all ages the opportunity to engage in theatre
and performance in its many forms.
Our weekend classes run on Saturdays in term time for various age groups up to 11 years and weekday after school
classes for older children which run on a Tuesday and Thursday.
The Academy’s team of facilitators work with students to build their team work and confidence skills through drama games and, through improvisation and role play, they learn about the many different theatre styles from mask work to physical theatre and mime to shadow theatre.
We cater to all levels of ability, from the confident performer to those children who may not yet have the self-assurance to take centre stage. Through engagement with drama, children increase their social skills by working as a team, they learn to speak clearly and express themselves with confidence and expand creative thinking skills which benefits all areas of learning.
BAD’s focus is not on the musical theatre genre although there is plenty of movement and voice work in classes. Our public performances involve classic stories which are specially written for the Academy by our own Writer in Residence.
Students rehearse to be part of full production which takes place in the wonderful Mackinnon Theatre of 1532 Performing Arts Centre where they can show what they have learnt and where family and friends can enjoy fun and exciting productions. The chance for the students to perform in such a professional arts space is a real inspiration and an unforgettable experience.
Our holiday workshops run during Easter, Summer and half terms throughout the year. They run over a day, 3 days and 1 week and the focus ranges from puppetry to stage combat, play in a day to a week rehearsing and preparing for a full production. These are announced throughout the year so do like their Facebook page to be kept up to date.
If you want to know what others think of us then please do look at our testimonials page where parents share their thoughts on what we do.
If you need more info then don’t hesitate to get in touch.
We would love to hear from you.
My daughter started in Little Rascals last year and absolutely loves it. We wanted a drama class that wasn't focused on getting children into TV ads, and was focused on nurturing a love of drama. My daughter has grown in self confidence and after sitting out a huge amount of shool performances because she was too scared she has been able to get on stage for her end of year play as a narrator and speak with confidence and power. The teachers are so fantastic and the setting is inclusive and fun. I would recommend BAD to anyone!