Graduate Shows

The Diary of Anne Frank

Dramatised by Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett

Directed by Chris Dunham

23rd November - 3rd December

Shows start at 7.30

No performances on Mondays or Tuesdays

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The Cherry Orchard

By Anton Chekhov

Directed by Trudi Rees

14th - 23rd December

Shows start at 7.30

No performance on Mondays

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Lady Windemere's Fan

By Oscar Wilde

Directed by Clare Davidson

18th - 28th January

Shows start at 7.30

No performances on Mondays or Tuesdays

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Super User

Super User

Sunday, 25 May 2014 00:00

Adam Luzon

Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00


If you have applied for a short course at the school you will have been asked to learn a speech from Shakespeare. For some people only this represents a problem in that their exposure to Shakespeare has been limited.


Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00


The Poor School is designed to enable students without grants or parental support to pay for themselves by holding a daytime job. Most get through the training in that way. Parental support is, of course, a great advantage.

Local authority grants are very rare. More common are contributions from charitable trusts. It is necessary to do your own research, since your eligibility for a particular charity may depend on your region, your background and your ethnic origin. In addition, there is a publication: The Guide to Grants for Individuals in Need, available at most Citizens' Advice Bureaux.


Fees are £2190 per term. They must be paid termly, one month in advance of the term starting. The final two terms' fees must be paid together (less deposit, see below) at the end of the fourth term.


A deposit of £600 is required from each new student soon after they accept a place at the school. This is then credited to the student at Christmas in the second year (i.e. it is deducted from the amount they have to pay).

The deposit, and all money paid to the school, is returnable at our discretion. The payment of a deposit we take as an indication of your honest intent to attend, subject to any conditions you may attach. We will accept the deposit on your terms, perhaps after negotiation, but, once paid, it is not returnable on demand.


For those who leave before the scheduled end of the training refunds are often due. Fees paid in advance, including the deposit, will be refunded except fees paid for a term which is in progress, and provided that the circumstances of the leaving and the behaviour of the student have been reasonable and not disruptive. A term is deemed to be in progress once the due date for payment has passed. All refunds are made in the autumn.

Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00


At The Poor School there are as few rules as possible. They have to be kept to. We can and will explain in detail why they exist and why they serve the greater good.


A class or rehearsal cannot begin successfully until there is 100% attendance. If one person is late the entire company is distracted. The school requires all students to be on time for their calls and to leave sufficient time - for example, for a journey by public transport - so that the inevitable delays are allowed for.


Students at the school are obliged, without exception, to attend 100% of classes and rehearsals, even when feeling ill or off colour. Exceptions are serious contagious illness or a physically incapacitating injury. When you are not well you are allowed home or excused attending if it is possible to do this without adversely affecting your colleagues.

Outside Work

Students at the school may not act, take classes, model, stage manage or otherwise involve themselves in dramatic or related activities outside the school without permission being given.


Attention seeking clothing, hair styles or body piercings are not appropriate for actors; hats, scarfs or any head covering can't be worn on the premises.

Clothing and Books

Practice clothes are necessary for most classes: tights, t-shirts, track suits. Men need jock straps, women long full skirts. Jeans and trainers are suitable for rehearsals, but not for movement and dance.

Scripts must be bought as and when required.

Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00

Christian Fellner



Christian trained initially as a classical singer at Trinity College of Music, London and privately in Moscow. He subsequently trained as a voice teacher at the Central School of Speech and Drama and has been coaching and teaching voice for over fifteen years, working with both singers and speakers. As a performer, he has worked in opera and concert and continues to perform regularly as a recitalist. His has sung in Russia, Israel, Austria and Greece and given several recitals at Oxford University.

Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00

Jenni Malarkey



Jenni trained at The BRIT School, Dartington College of Arts and Central School of Speech and Drama, where she gained a 1st Class MA in the teaching of movement for actors. Movement teaching includes Middlesex University, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, London Bubble Theatre Company, University of East London, and The Poor School. Movement Direction includes Richard III (Love And Madness Productions) and The Ghost Train (Lost Theatre). Performances include ʻAmphibiansʼ (NT Studio, Offstage Theatre), nominated for six Off West End Awards, and Movement Director Lucy Cullingford's ʻRenaissance Body Projectʼ (RSC/Warwick University).

Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00

Alison de Burgh

Stage Combat


Alison was Britain's first female Fight Director. She has worked extensively in the West End for the main subsidised companies, in regional repertory, on the London Fringe, in film and for the major opera companies. She was Fight Master at Webber Douglas for ten years. She is a fencing coach and an ex-national longbow champion.

Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00

Grantley Buck



Grantley was Head of Musical Theatre at the Urdang Academy in Covent Garden for seven years. He has worked for Arts Educational, The Roundhouse, the Globe Centre and spent two years as a principal in the West End production of GREASE. He obtained a BA (Hons) in Music from Leeds University and began teaching at The Poor School in May, 2004.

Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00

Christopher Dunham


Chris Dunham was the Artistic Director of the Palace Theatre, Westcliffe for 24 years until 1999. He trained at The Bristol Old Vic and worked extensively as an actor for 10 years. He joined The Poor School in 2002.

Saturday, 24 May 2014 00:00

Clare Davidson

Voice, Acting

Clare trained as an actress at LAMDA, where she also received a certificate in Voice and Speech. She taught at LAMDA (Head of Voice 1965-72), as well as at NYU, BADA (Dean 1988-89), and the College of Santa Fe (Professor, Head of Acting and Directing 1999-2008). Clare has coached many actors including Pierce Brosnan, Sting, Dudley Moore and Orlando Bloom. She has directed for the last 40 years and her credits include LITTLE EYOLF and MISS JULIE in London's West End, WAITING FOR GODOT and CANDIDA off-Broadway in New York, A DOLL'S HOUSE in Holland and HEDDA GABLER in Norway.