How the training programme works…

Fierce trains young people in S1 to S6 in acting, singing and dancing, preparing them for full-time training in the performing arts and subsequently a professional career as an actor, dancer or musical theatre performer.

The Fierce Theatre Schools timetable reflects our belief that students need to get a balanced exposure to acting, singing and dance and are therefore encouraged to nurture their talents in each whilst being able to identify and work on their strengths, weaknesses and main areas of interest. Fierce students do get the opportunity to specialise in an individual skill set during optional workshops and courses but are encouraged during regular weekly classes to study all three disciplines, ensuring they have the widest sphere of opportunities when choosing a career path in the future.

Our Schools deliver a minimum of 7 hours of training each week during term time, through an after-school session of 3 hours during the week and 4 hours on Saturday or Sunday.

Students are divided into groups by ability, with age and experience being a secondary consideration for certain aspects of the training, and into age groups for other aspects. This ensures that training is delivered at exactly the right level for each student throughout their time with us.

Technique over Performance

The main aim of Fierce Theatre Schools is the delivery of exceptional technique-based teaching – and so emphasis is always on training rather than public performance.

However, we do encourage public performance and our students are welcome to not only partake in productions produced by Fierce Theatre Schools teams but also in youth theatre projects around the UK – our students do not belong to us alone and we welcome any performance opportunities they can get their hands on!

Our in-house productions give students another perspective on the professional environment, and give them opportunity to experience industry etiquette within a performance context. Rehearsal time for such productions may be incorporated into weekly hours, or as additional rehearsal time but we try and give as much notice as possible of any extra commitment required.

We also run holiday workshops that are open to Fierce students and also to outside students who do not attend our regular classes. These are usually specialist classes such as ‘Acting for TV’ or ‘Stage Makeup’ and are led by visiting industry professionals.

Fierce Theatre Schools is recognised by CDMT (Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre).

CDMT’s mission is to promote excellence in dance, drama and musical theatre education, training and assessment. They achieve this through being the quality assurance body of the sector. Many of CDMT’s member institutions are amongst the most prestigious in the UK. Current members include professional training schools, awarding organisations, industry bodies and individuals with a range of expertise in dance, musical theatre, education, assessment and training.