One Step Beyond

One Step Beyond

Equal People Performing Arts have been commissioned to run four ‘One Step Beyond’ Workshops during the Spring of 2017. These workshops are aimed at helping the unemployed get into work, training or volunteering.

Using Drama exercises and techniques, the workshops look at the first impression that candidates give when attending an interview. Using confidence-building Drama games and role play, the candidates look at the positive ways to overcome nerves and insecurities.

We also give advice on CV and letter writing and following up applications.

The afternoon is spent in mock interviews with local employers, who give constructive feedback to the participants in a non-threatening environment.

The workshop days have been delivered by our preferred provider, Mushroom Theatre Company, and have received positive feedback from participants and local businesses alike.

“I found the day very interesting and it gave me some interesting tips and tricks” (participant)
“The day was excellent. I found it very informative and inspiring. It gave me a massive boost to my confidence” (participant)
“An absolute pleasure and privilege to be involved in this project. The first ‘candidate’ was so positive and outgoing that I actually stopped to ask if she was serious when she mentioned being nervous and having anxiety issues! The morning session had certainly made an impact! So much more that could be achieved with the project if more time and money were available to help these young people.” (local business owner)

A private Facebook group has been setup to provide an opportunity for ongoing peer support. Participants can contact us for more details.


Update to Term Dates

MTC will be closed on Saturday 18 February… the previously published Term Dates said otherwise, but Invoices are still correct.

Apologies for any confusion! We’ve also updated the online Calendar for you 😉

End of Term Arrangements

As we come to the end of a busy term, we would like to invite you to come and watch your child’s class next Saturday, 10 December. Although you may have already seen them recently in the show, we are sure you would also enjoy seeing the work that goes on in class each week. We would appreciate a £1 donation to Equal People Performing Arts.

The following Saturday, 17 December, is the last week before Christmas.

Ballet, Modern and Tap students that usually attend on a Saturday morning should come 9.00am – 10.30am (even f they usually come for part of this time) so that they can have  bit of a party altogether.

SEN Musical Theatre will have a party at their usual class time: 11.00am-12.00pm.

Students attending Saturday afternoon will take part in free work instead of their usual syllabus work.

Classes resume from Monday 9 January(so the first Saturday back would be 14 January). There will be a revised timetable from January. Invoices for Jan-Feb classes will be sent out ready for the start of term, and all those parents currently paying weekly will receive a half-termly invoice.

Christmas 2016

Christmas 2016

Well done to our Singers, performing at the Rayleigh Lights switch-on this week, and to all those involved in making the various items we were selling there – raising almost £90 for Equal People Performing Arts.

We now have TWO wonderful Christmas Hampers to raffle, with tickets available from Reception.

The winning tickets will be drawn on the last Saturday of term – 17 December.

Speaking of Term Dates, 17 December is the last day of normal classes this term, and we’ll be back on Monday 9 January (so the first Saturday back would be 14 January). There will be a revised timetable from January.

Penni and the Staff ask that rather than buying gifts for Christmas, you consider a donation to the Charity instead… the completion of the building means far more than even wine and chocolates!


Letter from Penni – September 2016

Welcome back!
This term is going to be a very busy one with preparations for our next show so here are the details that you will need:

Show – ‘Sunshine in my Pocket’
This year we are holding our show at the Towngate Theatre Basildon. We are all very excited about using this venue, as it will be a great opportunity for all the students. The opportunity to perform in a fully professional environment will enable us to show off the hard work of the students and staff to its best. The shows will be on 20th November 2016, and we will be holding a dress rehearsal in the morning, and then a matinee and evening performance on the same day. This is slightly different from the shows that usually take place at SEEVIC, as we only have the theatre for one day. We hope that this will encourage some of the younger students to take part, as we realise that a show stretching over several days can be very tiring for the younger students.

Show registration days are:

  • Saturday 17th September 10am – 2pm
  • Tuesday 20th September 5pm – 7pm

To take part in the show you must attend one registration session. Students will be measured for costumes, and you will be able to order uniform and good luck boxes. ALL students taking part in the shows MUST have a Mushroom Theatre Company T-shirt. As usual, we will be looking for adult backstage support and parents/carers will be able to register their availability for this at registration.

Tickets will need to be purchased directly from Towngate Theatre and will be priced at £16 each with concessions for children and OAP’s.
The class teachers will be emphasising the importance of attending as many classes as possible during the next term, as there is a huge amount of work required to prepare for the show. We would appreciate your help in stressing the importance of excellent behaviour in classes so that we can ensure that every student has the opportunity to perform to the best of their ability.

Students will be required to attend rehearsals on the Tuesday & Weds of October half term times TBC.

T-shirt/Hoodie Orders

We will be collecting orders for uniform from now onwards, but please bear in mind that we cannot order individual items, so please do not leave it until the last minute to order uniform for the show.

Costume Help Needed

All our costumes are handmade by Nanny Pat, this is how we keep the cost so low, as we are sure you will understand this is a very time consuming process. So, if you are able to use a sewing machine or are able to help out with hand sewing please let us know as soon as possible.

There will be further information to come, but I think that’s all for the moment!!

Many thanks, Penni


As we are working towards the show on Saturdays and the grades are working together on the same routines (different levels) it makes sense for the classes to be at the same time.  We have increased the length of the lessons as well (at no extra charge).

Remember it makes no difference if your child is not taking part in the show, they can learn the dances along with everyone else, as learning routines is a very important part of their dance education.

So classes on Saturday will be as follows:

12 till 1pm – Grade 3,4 &5 Modern

1pm till 2pm –Grade 2,3,4 & 5 Tap

2pm till 3pm – Grade 2,3 & 4 Ballet