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Drama classes in Bristol for ages 4 and up

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Drama Classes for Children 



We offer classes from age 4 to age 18  

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All levels of ability welcome

2 hour weekly classes 

Holiday Workshops



Workshops for children in half-terms and school holidays


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.


Who we are

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Welcome to Bristol Academy of Drama (B.A.D.).

We are a 5* rated affordable drama school offering adults and children the opportunity to engage in theatre

and performance in its many forms.

We cater to all levels of ability, from the confident performer to those who may not yet have the self-assurance to take centre stage.  Through engagement with drama, you can increase social skills by working as a team, learn to speak clearly and express yourself with confidence and it expands creative thinking skills which benefits all areas in school or work life.

The Academy’s team of facilitators work with our students to build their 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. 

Students engage in drama and improvisation games during classes as well as, for some of our classes they 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 classes run afterschool, evenings and on Saturdays in term time and our classes start from age 4 (Reception).

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 but we also offer opportunities to devise shows from scratch.

We also offer holiday workshops for children 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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Drama classes in Bristol for ages 4 and up

Drama classes in Bristol for ages 4 and up


Drama classes in Bristol for ages 4 and up


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