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Our theatre classes take place at the Everest Community Academy, Basingstoke, where our students come together to connect, learn and create in a safe and inspiring environment. Through the performing arts, we give children and young adults the tools they need, not just to reach their potential on stage, but also to thrive at school and lay the foundations for their future. 

About Theatretrain Basingstoke

Theatretrain Basingstoke is a leading theatre school offering specialist training in performing arts to children aged 4 – 18 years.

We offer a unique approach to training all disciplines, explored through our range of weekly classes.  Our talented teachers who are currently working within the business, have a wealth of knowledge and expertise and with a positive approach to learning, we promise to give your child the foundation they need to take their new skills into all aspects of life.

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Meet the Theatretrain Basingstoke team

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Meet Pip Evans, your Centre Director

Pip trained at Vocal-tech and at The London School of Musical Theatre. Having performed professionally internationally and in London’s West End, Pip decided to focus on sharing her passion and experience with young performers who have the desire and dedication to pursue a career in the performing arts.

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Joe Evans

Creative Director

Joe has been a professional actor for over 13 years and has worked on both stage and screen. Joe is currently playing Phil Spector in London’s Westend smash hit musical, Tina! The Tina Turner Musical. Other professional credits include Rutherford and Son (The National Theatre), Three Winters (The National Theatre), Les Miserable (West End) Dirty Dancing (UK tour), Beauty and The Beast (International tour). Coronation Street (ITV), Emmerdale (ITV), Deep State (Fox TV). Voice overs for BBC, ITV, Ch4 . Joe is also an extremely experienced acting coach facilitating at ArtsEd (London), Mountview (London), Central College of Speech and Drama (London), The Watermill Theatre (Newbury), The Corn Exchange (Newbury) and many other institutions. Joe has a real passion for working with young people and strives to give each child a professional standard of training.

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Calley Meredith

Singing Teacher

Calley is currently in her final year at Guildford School of Acting (GSA) on the BA (Hons) Actor-Musician course. Credits while training include; Simone in ‘The Baker’s Wife’, Florence in Tipping the Velvet’ and The Baker’s Wife in ‘Into The Woods’. Calley is an established musician; she plays the piano, flute, alto saxophone and clarinet. Previous to GSA, Cally taught piano for 4 years and loved every minute of teaching others something she is incredibly passionate about, she has also assisted in the musical direction for smash-hit musical ‘Grease’. Calley exudes total passion and drive when it comes to teaching the art of performance through music. As a performer who plays four musical instruments and with years of musical and acting experience behind her she goes above and beyond in her classes and can’t wait to work and train the students at Theatretrain.

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Freyja Bates

Dance Teacher

Freyja attended dance classes throughout her childhood and went on to train at Kingsclere Performing Arts at the age of 16. Freyja exudes expert knowledge in all genres of dance. Not only does Freyja concentrate on technique throughout her classes but she teaches the art of performance and any young performer can learn so much from her. Freyja has a real passion for teaching and has loved watching students grow with confidence and professionalism so far throughout her time at Theatretrain.

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Jamie S Glynn

Drama Teacher

Jamie graduated from the Guildford School of Acting in 2021, with a BA Hons degree in Actor-Musicianship. He then went on to be Assistant Musical Director for National Youth Music Theatre’s production of ‘Henrietta’. Jamie discovered early on that he had a passion for multiple roles within the theatre, and now works as an Actor, Musical Director, Lyricist and Composer across multiple projects and he is currently writing three musicals. Credits while training include Spend Spend Spend (Bruce Forsyth) a show for which he was also MD, Richard III (Murderer), The Cherry Orchid (Yermolay Lopakhin) and Henry V (Ancient Pistol). Having taught piano for 5 years, and directed multiple shows featuring young actors, Jamie is thrilled to be offering his expertise to Theatretrain, and hopes to provide holistic, technical training to help young people to evolve into confident young actors.

Blog and Events

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International Summer School: Staying the Course

Our Founder and Artistic Director, Kevin Dowsett, recently went to the beautiful Royal Hospital School in Holbrook, Ipswich to see the end of week performance by the annual Theatretrain International Summer School. Here's his take on the experience.
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