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.


Quiz Night – Sat 25 Feb

Quiz Night – Sat 25 Feb

It’s back! By popular demand, for one night only (until the next one) – our legendary QUIZ NIGHT!

Saturday 25th February, 7.30pm, right here in our glorious studios.

Tickets are just £7 per adult, with proceeds going towards the next phase of building work. Bring a whole team, or just yourself – we’ll create teams on the night as necessary. Bring your own drinks and nibbles, and come prepared for a fun night with friends!

Contact the office for more details or to book in: 01268 906470

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!


When will we learn – ambitious about autism

When will we learn – ambitious about autism

Did you know…

  • over 1000 parents are forced to take legal action every year to get the right support for their child;
  • 42% of classroom teachers say their training doesn’t prepare them to meet the needs of children with autism;
  • 45% of children with autism have been sent home illegally, or denied a full education;
  • 80% of children with autism experience anxiety every day about attending school;

And did you know that some of our students are featured in the Ambitious about Autism campaign – they did a grand job as always!

You can find out more about the Ambitious about Autism campaign, and get more involved at

See the campaign trailer here:


Additional Show Rehearsals

Additional Show Rehearsals

Students are doing a fantastic job preparing for the show, with 86 registering on the show registration days!

As usual though, we’ll need a few additional rehearsals to help bring it all together. Dates and times below, but if you have any questions or concerns, let us know.

Please bear in mind that pre-show can be a stressful time for Penni, so questions may be best being directed to someone else on the team – thank you 🙂

Tuesday 25 October

1.00pm – 4.00pm Senior & Junior dancers, inc
Grade 2+ Tap
Grade 3+ Ballet & Modern

Wednesday 26 October

10.00am – 12.00pm Full Company (Opening & Finale)
12.00pm – 1.00pm Junior & Senior Dancers (Into the Disco)
1.00pm – 2.30pm Senior Dancers (Sound of Silence)

Saturday 29 October

  9.30am – 11.00am Babies, Primary, Grade 1&2 (not grade 2 tap)
 11.00am – 12.00pm SEN Musical Theatre
 12.00pm – 4.00pm Senior & Junior dancers, inc
Grade 2+ Tap
Grade 3+ Ballet & Modern

Sunday 6 November

11.00am – 2.00pm Full Company (Opening & Finale)
 2.00pm – 3.00pm Junior & Senior Dancers (Into the Disco)
 3.00pm – 4.30pm Senior Dancers (Sound of Silence)

 Sunday 13 November

 9.30am – 12.30pm Senior & Junior dancers, inc
Grade 2+ Tap; Grade 3+ Ballet & Modern
Junior & Senior Drama
 12.30pm – 4.30pm Full Company (full run through)

Saturday 19 November

3.00pm – 6.00pm Full Company (full run through)

Sunday 20 November

9.00am Dress & Technical Rehearsal
2.30pm Matinee Performance
6.30pm Evening Performance

There will be a £5 rehearsal fee for each session.