The unique mix of theatre, dynamic coaching and performance is used to build confidence, raise self esteem, and encourage the individual to create a personal philosophy which can be taken forward as they stand on life’s stage.
We are delighted to announce that we have been and are now fully up and running our face to face classes. We are also delighted to have been able to welcome our pupils back to Cordes Hall theatre and at the end of our Summer 2022 term we performed 3 shows!
Below is just one of the things we did during lockdown during 2021. For more information of what else we got up to, take a look at our facebook page.
"A Zoomfull of Talent" was our latest project for the January - March lockdown and online sessions. The classes were given scenes to rehearse and perform. This ended with a recorded performance of the scenes and the edited project sent to parents for them to enjoy. It was extremely hard for the pupils to act on their own but also act together online - we were very proud of what every year group acheived.
Alice - our dance diector - choeographed a TikTok favourite for all the classes to join in with and edited them all together to make one piece. All the pupils had a huge amount of fun with this.
FASBAT's "Drama Drop In" was a 5 week drop in online programme to have fun and learn new and different techniques of online drama. The more we used the onlune platform, the more creative we were able to become. We also hope that it gave our pupils some time to socialize and have fun with the other pupils in their class.
Project Over The Rainbow is our 6 week online performance project. We started this on Monday 1st June and it ended on Wednesday 8th July with an online performance and a recording of the whole project for families to watch and keep as a momento of this unusual time in our lives. There has been a fee charged for this project but we are delighted to be able to donate a percentage of the fee to our local NHS charity trust.
We are so proud of all our pupils who have joined us for the online sessions. They have adapted well to this once unknown medium. We are also extremely proud and grateful to our FASBAT team who have worked voluntarily, at first, to keep in touch with our pupils. They have also had to adapt to teaching online and have worked so hard to make the online sessions fun and productive.
LEE COOPER - PRINCIPAL AND FOUNDER
Trained in all aspects of dance and theatre, Lee made her professional debut in pantomime at the age of 8 and later travelled the world performing in cabaret. Back in England she joined Thames Television working with Benny Hill, Jim Davidson and Spike Milligan. High profile choreographic work was followed by regular work at the BBC.
Nicky Ridley is an experienced drama practitioner, who has worked with children in The Arts for over 25 years. she began her career acting for Young Peopl'es theatre comp-anies touring nationally with educational plays. Since working as a freelancer she has taught drama to children for after-school clubs, helping boost children's self-esteem, allowing sessons to be fun and full of creativity whilst keeping them focused on the task. Nicky also works with a local charity who provide multi-sensory theatrical experiences for people with learning disabilities. She loves the theatre and wold go every night of the week if she could! She can't wait to start teaching with FASBAT at Ascot Heath Infant School on a Monday.
Alice started professional training at Laine Theatre Arts and graduated from Performers College in 2018 after studying dance and musical theatre for four years. Alongisde training Alice completed dance teaching qualifications and taught all the while at various dance and musical theatre groups. At college Alice danced at the opening of the NFL at Wembley and has enjoyed two Christmas seasons at LaplandUK. Since graduating she has performed at the Windsor Fringe with 4motion Dance theatre and has been passing on the skills she learned in training by teaching private classes and in local schools. FASBAT has always had a special place in her heart and she is excited to become part of the team.