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THeatretrain Hagley

Get to know us

Our theatre classes take place at Hagley Roman Catholic School, Hagley, where our students come together every Saturday to connect, learn and create in a safe and inspiring environment. Through 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 Hagley

We were established in 2003 and have created a range of exciting theatre events and productions.  Some highlights have included: Annie Jr The Crescent Theatre 2022, High School Musical 2019, Special Measures 2018 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, 20@02 2013 O2 Arena, and Songs Of the Century 2004 Royal Albert Hall to name a few.

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Meet the Theatretrain Hagley team

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Laura Chesworth, your Centre Director

Laura attended the opening of Hagley Theatretrain as a student back in 2003. From the age of 12-18 she caught the Theatretrain bug and found that her confidence and love for the Performing Arts grew during her 6 years at the school. She then went on to complete a Foundation Degree in Creative Music Production and went on to graduate from the University of Gloucestershire with a BA HONS in Music. She returned to Hagley as an assistant and later progressed from singing teacher to centre director. Now as a qualified primary school teacher, she loves to help children develop in confidence and provide many opportunities at Hagley Theatretrain.


Francesca De Gregorio

Drama Teacher

Francesca graduated with a BA HONS in Musical Theatre at Arden School of Theatre. She has a passion and flair for music, dance and drama and has taught and assisted children and young adults in a variety of Performing Arts capacities. Francesca is a great asset to the team and brings energy and creativity to her weekly classes.


Hayley Brookes

Singing Teacher

Hayley studied musical theatre at Leeds Metropolitan University. Theatre has been her life for as long as she can remember. Hayley has worked professionally in the industry alongside some famous names, performing on the West End and at the Edinburgh festival just to name a few. She has experience working on Thomson and CMV cruises performing all over the world in full scale productions. She is fresh out of the current industry with a passion for the Arts and holds a lot of experience to pass onto our students.


Emilie Walters

Dance/ Minis Teacher

Emilie has studied Dance all her life. Training at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks and then going on to becoming a professional dancer, specialising in showgirl and other forms of dance events, this takes her around the UK on a weekly basis. Emilie has been teaching dance for 10 years from all ages ranging from 3 years to 81 years. Styles include Ballet, Contemporary, Street, Themed and Musical theatre.

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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