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THeatretrain Bromsgrove

Get to know us

Our theatre classes take place at St John’s Middle Academy, Bromsgrove, where our students come together every Saturday 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 Bromsgrove

Theatretrain Bromsgrove is run by Centre Director Melanie Dykes.  We are part of a large network of Theatretrain Centre’s across the UK, which means we can tap into the network and connect with industry leading experts in the performing arts industry. 

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Meet the Theatretrain Bromsgrove team

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Meet Melanie Dykes, your Centre Director

Having taught for Theatretrain Bromsgrove since its launch in 2006, Melanie was thrilled to take over as Centre director in January 2013. Melanie graduated from The Birmingham Theatre School with a Higher National Diploma in Theatre Acting /Performing Arts (Distinction). Since leaving drama school with the coveted award ‘Best Actor’, Melanie has been working professionally for 20 years performing and teaching for a variety of high profile Theatre companies throughout the UK and overseas.

Melanie’s theatre credits include G in The Mess Around (The Midlands Arts Centre), Puck in A Midsummer Nights Dream (Unity Theatre Liverpool), Multiple roles in Jim Cartwright’s Two, Multiple roles in Grimm Tales National Tour, and Anne Frank in the Diary of Anne Frank (Rheindahlen Theatre, Germany) to name but a few.

Melanie began her directing career for The Birmingham Theatre School youth classes. The work was always child-centred, encouraging ownership of the project. Facilitating workshops and supporting the curriculum through provision of dance and drama, is a role Melanie undertook for Groundbreaking Theatre. Melanie was the Youth Theatre director for Telford Stage School, directing musical theatre, devising, and scripting plays for gifted and talented children.

For 14 years Melanie was the proud Director of Artrix Youth Theatre and has run her own production company Illumination Theatre for the past 11 years a company that works to the highest of standards to produce theatre that goes above and beyond what you would expect. Melanie endeavours to offer an array of techniques and genres of work to her students making each term a new and different challenge.

Incredibly dedicated and passionate about theatre, she strives to impassion the same enthusiasm and determination in all her students. She can readily achieve this by utilising her wealth of experience, discipline, and natural physical theatre flare, whilst imparting fun and humour into her teachings. Melanie is beyond proud to be the Centre director at Theatretrain Harborne and can’t wait to continue to give performance opportunities and inspire young people to be the best they can be.


Sarah Benfield

Centre Manager

Sarah is an experienced Centre Manager having worked in a number of theatres, including Artrix. She has worked with a wide range of performers including, musicians, comedians, actors, performing arts and dance schools.

A qualified first aider, Sarah also holds a Level 2 Certificate in Autism and Mental Health first aid.

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Skye Hadley

Singing Teacher

Skye has been the singing teacher at Theatretrain Bromsgrove since 2018, and she gained her teacher training certification from New York Vocal Coaching in New York City, under well established vocal coach Justin Stoney. She has experience teaching ages 4 up to 70, and loves the challenge and journey of helping people discover how to properly use their voice to the best of their abilities. Skye has also been a professional events vocalist since 2016, performing at weddings, parties, pubs, restaurants, and just about everything in between. She loves to bring this real life performance aspect into her teaching to support the technical aspect, in the hope to create well rounded, confident performers who can carry these skills into their everyday life.

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Jess Buttery

Mini’s Teacher

Jess has a First Class degree in Drama and Perfomance, and has trained under several industry professionals including freelance director Simon Pittman and The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Lyn Darnley. Jess is a classically trained vocalist and during her degree enjoyed managing the Univerisity classical choir.

Jess brings with her a wealth of experience both on stage and off, having performed in countless shows and even directed an all-female production of Godspell. Jess enjoys all types of theatre, but her true love is for musical theatre and exploring how emotion can be portrayed through song.

Jess has incredibly fond memories of her own time in youth theatre when she was younger, and understands what Theatretrain can mean and bring to each child.

After several years teaching at Theatretrain, Jess continues to enjoy having the chance to inspire a love for theatre in her students.  After all theatre is challenging, eye opening and therefore undoubtedly rewarding.


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Jenny Coldicott


I’m Jenny and have been volunteering at tt for 10 years after a career as a travel consultant which took me all over the world . Helping with prop making for the commonwealth games 2022 is a new learning curve . Theatre is my passion and it is a privilege to make costumes and help with the children on Saturdays . Watching them grow in confidence as they perform and become respectful adults is truly a joy.

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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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