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Drama Classes for ages 7 and under


Ages 3-4 (Pre-school)


Little Rascals

Ages 4-7 (Curriculum years Reception - Year 2)

Drama Classes for ages 7-16


Ages 7-11 (Curriculum years 3-6)



Ages 11-16 (Curriculum years 7-11)

Holiday Workshops

For all ages

Workshops in half-terms and school holidays

Private Tuition

New Era Academy and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) Qualifications are now available for anybody who wants to develop their performance skills.


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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 classes run afterschool and on a Saturday and we have classes from pre-school through to secondary school.

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 engage in drama and improvisation games during classes as well as, for our older students (Junior School and up) rehearse to be part of full production which takes place in ta professional theatre space once a year.  Our younger Infant School age pupils present showcases in class at the end of at least 1 term per year.  These productions and showcases give student the opportunity to show what they have learnt and where family and friends can enjoy fun and exciting performances. 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 performance for family and friends to enjoy. 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.

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