'I used to do Play On when I was 5-7. I owe you so much. Theatre has been the constant in my life, and that is because my passion was sparked in Play On Theatre. It has done so much for me. Theatre has brought light to my life: its given me a future, a passion and hope. Thank you so much.'
Raye, aged 16
'Play On has helped me to develop & flourish as a young performer. I first came to Yve when I was 6 years old where my passion for acting was ignited during an after-school club run by Play On. Yve created an environment where we were able to explore our creativity and build our confidence through different Drama related games along with being involved in annual performances of productions such as Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, and even a Harry Potter themed short film.
Through my time at Play On I always felt like my voice was heard & valued.
Yve has always supported me to experiment with my own ideas and has given guidance and advice focused on the technical as well as creative aspects of performance.
Yve Supported & Tutored me through LAMDA Exam Grades 5- 8 in Performance which I gained with Distinction. Through Play On I have developed the skills and confidence to go on to do other types of performance e.g. 2 Short IMDB credited films; & a recent 6 show, "off west-end", performance in a local theatre'
Hine, aged 17, (Grade 8 LAMDA, Distinction.)
'During my time at PLAY ON! I have achieved a range of LAMDA grades in addition to a constantly expanding skillset to prepare me for roles in the present and future. With being at PLAY ON! for quite some time, I have enjoyed an array of productions that I have performed in but one of my favourites is when I played Tweedledee in Alice in Wonderland – it was exhilarating for me to perform as an actor and required many technical skills that were achieved by precise teachings of the director Yve Harford – Brown.'
Courtney, aged 16, (Grade 7 LAMDA, Distinction.)
'I first came across Play On theatre when I was in year 4. Yve tutored me through all but one of my exams and clearly by my results has been an exceptional teacher. When learning with her she always makes sure I get a say in what I am performing and makes sure I understand the scripts and contexts of them. As a young actor I really appreciate that- sometimes the language is hard to understand. I never feel afraid to ask questions and tell her that I don’t understand how to do something, as I know that she will always demonstrate how to do it and we will keep working on it with a positive outlook. After knowing her, learning from this theatre group and taking part in group and one to one sessions over 6 years, I can confidently say that this is an atmosphere where I have learnt how to be professional with my acting and have improved so much from where I was years ago.'
Jess, aged 15, (Grade 7 LAMDA, Distinction.)
'We have had a weekly after school theatre club led by 'PLAY ON!' for over 6 years. The club has always been popular and is very well led and managed. At the end of each term the children put on a performance. This gives them the chance to put into practice many of the skills they have developed during the term, and it is really nice for parents to be able to see what they have achieved. The feedback from pupils and parents has been consistently excellent, and a number of pupils have attended the club during their time at the school.'
Dunchurch Junior School, Warwickshire
'Everyone very much enjoyed the presentation by Drama Club. They were very attentive and many were enthusiastic about wanting to join in the future. It was lovely to see what the children have been doing. They have learnt a lot in a short time. I was amazed at the confidence which these children had gained.
Children watching behaved well. They really enjoyed the performance. Drama Club day clashes with other after school activities and so I don't think as many children who would like to are able to attend. It is excellent!'
Kilsby Primary School, Northamptonshire