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THeatretrain Harborne

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Our theatre classes take place at TBC, Harborne, where our students come together every TBC 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 Harborne

Theatretrain Harborne 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 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.

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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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