TP Academy (3-16 yrs)

New Academic year 2024 – 2025

Inspiring Creativity and Ambition

Winners of the Music & Drama Education Awards for EXCELLENCE IN MUSICAL THEATRE 2024

Theatre Peckham provides the best in performing arts training, striving to cultivate and instil in children a passion for the performing arts through self-exploration, teamwork, creativity, and play, providing a talent pipeline into the creative industries.

Our timetable of classes for ages 3 – 16 encompasses Musical Theatre, Ballet, Acro, Young Music Producers, Acting, Glee Club Pop, Junior Acting Company, Tap Dance, Acting for Screen, Backstage Academy, Street Dance and Young & Talented Theatre Creators. Many children experience their first engagement with the arts with us at Theatre Peckham. Our commitment to long term activity means that children can participate in classes all the way through to the age of 25 in our Young Peckham Programme.

Learning and making theatre have an equal priority in everything we do. Every member has the opportunity for live performance on our stage. Casts of young people are brought together to perform alongside seasoned professionals in our annual festive productions that draw family audiences, schools and theatre goers who travel from afar to experience the authentic joy that resonates from our stage.  

Theatre Peckham is a charity, we are here for our community and are passionate about making a real difference. We lead based on our A.C.C.E.S.S  principles – 

Achieve ~ ChampionChallenge ~ Engage ~ Social ~ Success 

Academy classes are for children and young people aged 3 – 16 years old.

If you are aged 16+ head on over to our Young Peckham for our creative programme.

Theatre Peckham is proud to have been awarded the Music and Drama Education Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre. The award recognises our commitment to artistic excellence, social change and the empowerment of young creatives that we offer through our Academy training.

Read more about the award here:

Theatre Peckham receives award - Voice Online (voice-online.co.uk)

We are proud to announce that we are keeping our membership fee at the same price as last year. We aim to support our amazing families during the cost of living crisis.

 

Our Academy members are at the very heart of Theatre Peckham.

You will get:

  • exclusive access to the Academy classes
  • be part of professional productions
  • have exciting benefits such as casting announcements
  • specialist free workshops and training opportunities
  • access to external free tickets, priority booking, early bird, and exclusive insights into our projects

Get involved!

Our Membership costs £25 / academic year* (£2.08 a month). Plus, you help support the vital charitable work we are doing in our community – thank you!

*Please note: our Academic year is from September to July.

This year’s theme is CULTURE.

We want to celebrate cultural diversity with our students and emphasise the importance of our world’s cultures. Culture occupies a significant place in shaping identities, enriching lives and fostering mutual understanding. The World Culture Day takes place on 21st May of each year. The establishment of World Culture Day is not only about preserving cultural material, but also about the ongoing process of interaction and dialogue between different cultures. Interactions between different populations are what make the world a more accepting place, where discrimination and stereotypes are challenged.

Through these celebrations, we aim to draw attention to the importance of preserving cultural heritage as well as promoting cultural understanding. Theatre Peckham Academy welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and origins, fostering a sense of global citizenship and mutual respect among students. As we honour the diversity of the world, we want our students to celebrate the beauty of our interconnected academy.

We strive to promote a programme of excellence that will enrich the lives of our children and young people. The skills children will learn at the Academy are not only used in the classroom. We allow children and young people to grow and develop into amazing adults that will contribute positively to our communities and in society. Everyone is unique. We allow people to learn at their own pace, and to apply the same learning in other aspects of their lives.

Theatre Peckham:

  • facilitates growth in children and young people
  • motivates their progression
  • provides tools and opportunities
  • addresses the societal imbalance

Our students have the opportunity to opt-in for our very own Theatre Peckham Internal Exams. If they choose to do so, the young person will receive a mark, personalised feedback, and a certificate based on their overall performance at the end of the year. They will be assessed against 4 criteria:

1) Progress, 2) Research, 3) Technique and 4) Creativity.

If interested, please contact our Academy Coordinator, Saffron Dey on membership@theatrepeckham.co.uk.

Theatre Peckham is part of the Jack Petchey Achievement Award under the Gold scheme. Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners are young people who have gone above and beyond to achieve. Each year young people select their peers to be nominated for the award because of their dedication and exceptional work done within the group.

Do you enjoy the arts, like to be creative and have a strong passion for taking leadership?

Theatre Peckham is proudly an arts award Centre. The arts award qualification is designed to inspire young people up to the age of 25 to grow their art skills and leadership talents. We offer support to young people so they can complete their discover award all the way to achieving their gold (which accumulates UCAS points). You can be the creator or performer of your own work or develop your skills in essential roles like marketing or stage management.

Find out more here.

If you have any questions about the Theatre Peckham Academy please contact
Saffron Dey membership@theatrepeckham.co.uk
or register your interest here.

OUR 2024/25 ACADEMY TIMETABLE

MONDAY: THEATRICAL PERFORMERS

TIMESTUDIO 1STUDIO 2
4pm – 5pmBallet (3-5)Musical Theatre (3-5)
5pm – 6pmAcro (6-9)Musical Theatre (6-8)
6pm – 7pmBallet (10-16)

TUESDAY: EXPRESS YOURSELF

TIMESTUDIO 1STUDIO 2
4pm – 5pmMusical Theatre (3-5)
5pm – 6pmMusical Theatre (6-8)
5pm – 7pmYoung Music Producers (12-16)
6pm – 7pmActing (9-11)

WEDNESDAY: BALLET & GLEE ACADEMY

TIMESTUDIO 1STUDIO 2
4pm – 5pmBallet (5-7)Glee Club Pop (8-11)
5pm – 6pmBallet (8-11)

THURSDAY: ARTISTIC SKILLS

TIMESTUDIO 1STUDIO 2
4pm – 5pmTap Dance (3-5)Acting for Screen (8-11)
5pm – 6pmTap Dance (6-10)Acting for Screen (12-16)

FRIDAY: MOVERS

TIMESTUDIO 1STUDIO 2
4pm – 5pm Street Dance (8-11)Acting (5-7)
5pm – 6pm Street Dance (5-7)Acting (8-11)
6pm – 7pmAcro (10-16)Junior Acting Company (12-16)

SATURDAY: TRIPLE TALENT

TIMESTUDIO 1STUDIO 2THEATRE/
MEETING ROOM
9am – 10amBallet (3-5)
10am – 1pmY&T Theatre Creators Mini’s
(6-8)  
Y&T Theatre Creators Midi’s
(9-11)
Y&T Theatre Creators Teens (12-16)
1:30pm – 3pmBackstage Academy (12-16)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

These are the fees per term (each academic year is comprised of 3 terms). Payment will be made at the start of each term. Parents will complete 3 payments per year.

We are proud to announce that we will not be increasing the prices of our classes. This is to support our amazing families who bring their children every week despite the hard times we live in. As a charity our aim is to break barriers to participation in the arts.

  • 1 hour class £80 / term
  • 1 hour 30 minutes £100 / term
  • 2 hours class £120 / term
  • 3 hours class (Y&T Theatre Creators) £160 / term
  • Membership fee £25 / academic year
  • Taster session fee £10 / class

All fees are non-refundable once booked.

We are proud to announce that we will not be increasing the prices of our uniforms. This is to support our amazing families who bring their children every week despite the hard times we live in. As a charity our aim is to break barriers to participation in the arts.

Red TP T-shirts –  £15 (Free with membership)*

*One free t-shirt per child/year*. If you want to purchase another t-shirt once you’ve received one for the year, this will be at the price of £15/t-shirt.

BALLET

  •  Ballet Shoes, Black Leather, full suede sole (Essential) – £12
    • 6(s) – 12(L)
  • Black Cotton Lycra Chas Unitard (Essential) – £18
    • 00 (4-5Yrs) – 3A (12-13Yrs old)
  • Red Nylon Lycra Circular Skirt (Not Essential) – £15
    • Small - Medium Adult
  • Red Crossover Cardigan (Not essential) – £15
    • Sizes: 16, 22, 24, 25, 28, 30, 32, 34

TAP

  • Black PV Low Heel Tap Shoe – £25
    • 7(s) – 9(L)

Yes, those who are in receipt of benefits (we accept the following: housing benefits, job seekers allowance, disability benefits and universal credit) can apply for fee support, please complete this form here

The proof can be a letter from the council, a bill, a letter from the school, etc. The proof must clearly have the name of the parent on it as well as the date must be visible. This must be not earlier than 6 months.

In order to receive the fee support you must submit your request by no later than:

  • Registration for Term 1: at least 2 weeks ahead of the start date
  • Registration for Term 2: at least 2 weeks ahead of the start date

 

Applications received after these dates might not be considered. Please contact membership@theatrepeckham.co.uk for more information.

TERM 1 (SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER)

  • Start: Week commencing Monday 16th September 2024
  • Half-term (no session): Week commencing Monday 28th October 2024
  • Re-start: Week commencing: Monday 4th November 2024

TERM 2 (JANUARY – MARCH)

  • Start: Week commencing Monday 13th January 2025
  • Half-term (no session): Week commencing Monday 17th February 2025
  • Re-start: Week commencing Monday 24th February 2025
  • End (last session): Week commencing Monday 30th June 2025

Note for Term 2: *Monday classes only will end on Monday 31st March 2025 (this is to recover the Monday 21st April when Easter falls on our first week back for term 3)

TERM 3 (APRIL – JULY)

  • Start: Week commencing Monday 21st April 2025 (FIRST DAY Tuesday 22nd April 2025)
  • Half-term (no session): Week commencing Monday 26th May 2025
  • Re-start: Week commencing Monday 2nd June 2025
  • End (last session): Week commencing Monday 30th June 2024

Note for term 3: Monday 21st April Easter Spring Bank Holiday and Monday 5th May 2025 Spring Bank Holiday , no classes are taking place on these dates.

END OF YEAR SHOWCASES

STARS OF PECKHAM – A festival celebrating young talent

Please see below all the information parents need to know about the Dress Run week and the Show week.

Dress Run definition: A rehearsal in costume where the full production is performed. In the theatre, a dress rehearsal gives the actors / dancers a chance to say their lines / practice their routines and hit their marks one last time before opening night or show week. It's called a dress rehearsal because performers wear their full costume and makeup, dressed just as they will be during the performance.

Show week / Opening: This is the period when a show opens for the audiences. The company is performing in front of a live audience.

SHOW 1

Monday 30th June 2025

Show time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Students attending the classes below will need to arrive at 4pm. Parents to pick up students at 7pm. We ask parents to email us at membership@theatrepeckham.co.uk if their child will be arriving later than 4pm. We will make a note and ensure the team is informed.

Monday: Musical Theatre (3 – 5)

Monday: Musical Theatre (6 – 8)

Tuesday: Musical Theatre (3 – 5)

Tuesday: Musical Theatre (6 – 8)

Glee Club Pop (8 - 11)

Glee Club Pan Performance (10 - 16)

Young Music Producers (12 - 16)

No classes on Tuesday 1st July 2025 and Wednesday 2nd July 2025.

SHOW 2

Wednesday 2 July 2025

Show time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Students attending the classes below will need to arrive at 4pm. Parents to pick up students at 7pm. We ask parents to email us at membership@theatrepeckham.co.uk if their child will be arriving later than 4pm. We will make note and ensure the team is informed.

Monday: Ballet (3 – 5)

Monday: Ballet (10 – 16)

Monday: Acro (6 – 9)

Wednesday: Ballet (5 - 7)

Wednesday: Ballet (8 - 11)

Thursday: Tap Dance (3 - 5)

Thursday: Tap Dance (6 - 10)

Friday: Street Dance (8 - 11)

Friday: Street Dance (5 - 7)

Friday: Acro (10 – 16)

Saturday: Ballet (3 - 5)

No classes on Monday 30th June 2025

No classes on Thursday 3rd July 2025

No classes on Friday 4th July 2025

No classes on Saturday 5th July 2025

SHOW 3

Friday 4th July 2025

Show time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm

Students attending the classes below will need to arrive at 4pm. Parents to pick up students at 7pm. We ask parents to email us at membership@theatrepeckham.co.uk if their child will be arriving later than 4pm. We will make note and ensure the team is informed.

Tuesday: Acting (9 – 11)

Thursday: Acting for Screen (8 - 11)

Thursday: Acting for Screen (12 - 16)

Friday: Acting (5 - 7)

Friday: Acting (8 - 11)

Friday: Junior Acting Company (12 - 16)

No classes on Tuesday 1st July 2025

No classes on Thursday 3rd July 2025

SHOW 4

Saturday 5 July 2025

Show time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Students attending the classes below will need to arrive at 9.45am. Parents to pick up students at 1pm. We ask parents to email us at membership@theatrepeckham.co.uk if their child will be arriving later than 9.45am. We will make note and ensure the team is informed.

Saturday Young & Talented Theatre Creators

Mini’s (6 – 8)

Midi’s (9 – 11)

Teens (12 – 16)

No Backstage class from 1.30PM – 3PM.

PARENTS' INFORMATION: It is compulsory for parents to read our Terms and Conditions and Uniform Guidelines.

To register your child with the Academy, parents must follow these steps:

1. Become a member or renew your yearly membership of Theatre Peckham by filling out the registration form and paying the membership fee of only £25 per academic year per child on our platform Class4Kids.

2. If you have more than 1 child, you must complete one Class4Kids registration form for each child. If parents fail to do so, they will be unable to book the Academy classes.

3. Once you have completed the online Membership form and paid the £25 fee, you can book your class for your child onto the Academy.

4. If a child signs up for a class they will stay in that class/age group until the end of the academic year (similar to school). They are not allowed to move up classes between terms (unless instructed by an Academy staff member).

Notice: if Theatre Peckham is required to close due to government advice (such as lockdowns), we will try to continue to deliver the sessions on Zoom; the schedule will be the same.

TIPS FOR ATTENDING ACADEMY CLASSES

  • All students should arrive 10-15 minutes before classes begin, this is to ensure they allow themselves an appropriate amount of time to get ready and warm-up. Students who don’t engage in the warm-up risk themselves getting injured.
  • All students who arrive 10 minutes late (or more) from the start of the class may not be allowed to join in. They may instead be asked to watch the class at the tutor’s discretion, or be told to wait in the foyer until they are collected by a parent/guardian.
  • All students are expected to commit to and regularly attend their classes and any related rehearsals/events. If your child does not attend their class for three consecutive weeks, without notification, they will lose their place in the Academy.

  • All students, whilst training in the academy, are required to wear the uniform and footwear necessary for their chosen class (please read the uniform guidelines to see what is needed). A uniform is required for all classes, rehearsals, open days or other performances/events. This is to ensure that they are always wearing appropriate clothing for their activities and to ensure that they are comfortable and safe.
  • We advise that members do not wear jewellery for safety reasons. For all classes: we recommend for students with long hair to have it tied back. Especially for the Ballet and Acro classes they must wear their hair tied back to ensure safety and ballet standards.
  • If the students attend classes without the correct uniform, they may not be permitted to participate. If students continually attend without the correct uniform, this may be considered a disciplinary matter.
  • Available to purchase at Theatre Peckham: Ballet shoes, tap shoes, black unitards, red skirts and red cardigans.

Expert Advice for parents on how Theatre Peckham can help their child/ren be more confident and sociable.  

At TP we understand the importance of the development of children. Below we gathered useful information on how our activities will support your child’s learning and growth.  

Self-Esteem Development  

As children grow, self-esteem can grow too. Any time children try things, do things, and learn things that can be a chance for self-esteem to grow. Students participating in our classes will benefit by: 

  • Making progress toward a goal by participating in our yearly curriculum.  
  • Making new friends by socialising during our activities.  
  • Learning new skills, such as teamwork, spatial awareness, artistic skills.  
  • Learning how to be inclusive and accepting of others. 
  • Feeling understood and accepted.  

 At TP we offer to: 

Support students to find their passion by exploring their own interests. As we celebrate their effort by providing internal exams, the chance to perform on our stage, casting opportunities, routes into the industry, and certification of participation at the end of the academic year.  

How out-of-school activities such as TP Academy impact positively the lives of children and young people by:  

  • Enhancing cardiometabolic health
  • Enhancing mental well-being including, positive self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety and stress
  • Improving concentration and attention 
  • Improving confidence and peer acceptance

 Sources from:Nemours Kids Health organisation. Medically reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD, Date reviewed: July 2018 and London public Health England (United Kingdom Government) in March 2022.