Robinson Academy of Drama Annual Show ‘The Third Reel’, 2016
2022 AUTUMN TERM 5 NEWS
A huge well done to all our A-level and GCSE students. A period of change for many of our students is occuring and we wish them all the very best, especially those leaving us to go to university, drama and dance schools. We will miss you all very much. We are very pleased that Sacha and Samuel will be staying to help as staff but we sadly say goodbye to our helper Leon Robinson who is starting university. We all wish him the very best.Samuel will take over from Leon, Zephan will continue supporting the Robin Group and Teagan will be ready to be the supply support teacher to Lisa. Lisa will continue to team teach on Mondays and Fridays and teach solo LAMDA tuition. Sacha will be the artistic and musical director for ‘The Winters Tale’.
We plan to do the Brighton Fringe Festival with our senior students, a big 10 year celebration show at The Hippodrome in the summer for all our students and other plays and events throughout the year. The Robin Group will perform their annual Christmas Panto on the 10th or 11th December (date TBC). confirmed].
Our two senior groups ‘The Witches’ and ‘The Montagues’ and some of our senior solo students are collaborating to perform my re-worked version of ‘The Winters Tale’ on the 16th,17th,18th December at the EODs centre, with past student, Sacha Mansbridge’s band playing live music throughout the performance as our soundtrack. A very exciting project!
Next term, which will be starting back on September 2nd, we are very excited to be starting two new groups!! – The over 60’s – Fridays at 11.15am – 12.30pm and a Parent’s drama group – TBC.
2022 SPRING TERM 4 NEWS
Term 4 was finished off brilliantly with our wonderful Wednesday senior students performing their excellent adaptation of ‘Hamlet’ which was a huge success. This group of teenagers worked so beautifully as a team and created such a memorable, dynamic play. Thank you for the donations for Rainbow Wishes Ukraine Fund at the ‘Hamlet’ performance.
The Home Ed Group also performed their Spring Festival Show. What a wonderful performance and we are very proud of all of you!
Thanks also to the Home Ed Group for raising £20 for the local charity ‘Time For Children’ on the 4th March during their PJ and story time morning, which was also great fun and very heart warming.
2022 EASTBOURNE MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL & LAMDA EXAMS
We completed term 3 with 60 of our students aged 6-60 performing in the EASTBOURNE PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL at the Winter Garden Theatre.
Such heart-warming performances that made us both laugh and cry. Huge well done to all involved, we are so proud of you all.
Also 12 students took LAMDA exams this term and all did brilliantly.
The examiner praised the student’s characterisation, use of movement, professionalism, timing and behaviour.
2021 GREAT ROBIN SUMMER DRAMA FESTIVAL!
What a show we had! We are very proud of all our students who performed on Saturday 10th July, at the Hippodrome Theatre. Our students performed a variety of pieces over 4 shows throughout the day and were all amazing.
We also raised £127 for the charity ‘Jane’s Wish’, which has been passed onto the charity. Thank you to all who supported this charity.
2021 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We are thinking of you all and wishing you all a happy, healthy, safe and positive 2021.
We understand that the year has already started off very uncertainly for the children and young people with some students in school and others learning online. We will be keeping all our lessons online through Zoom for our students for this term and will start our Zoom lessons back on the 11th January. It will be a 5-week term from Monday 11th January until Saturday 13th February.
2020 RETURN TO DRAMA LESSONS!
We are so looking forward to seeing you all.
The first session back will include socially distanced fun drama games and finding out what ideas the students have for this term. We some ideas ourselves but we want the students to lead with their ideas too, we know many will return with worries and anxieties, so we are very aware that our lessons need to be fun, nurturing and a place where the students feel heard and accepted.
A few reminders, THANK YOU.
- Please let me know if your child is returning.
- Please return the new registration form sent via email.
- PLEASE READ THE KEEPING SAFE ATTACHMENT ‘DRAMA GROUP RISK ASSEMENT INFO’ sent via email.
- Please can all students bring in their own pencil case with pens in it and a book with their own pieces and scripts in it. I will email any that are needed. Please print off yourselves and put in your own book. Any families without a printer please contact me.
- PARENTS, please don’t come down the alleyway or in the building, a member of staff will meet all the students at the gate and safely take them to the hall.
- Please can young children go to the toilet before they arrive if possible.
- All students must sanitize their hands when entering and exiting the hall.
- If you are bringing a water bottle it MUST be labelled please. Thank you.
- Please wear comfortable loose clothing, shorts, leggings and jogging bottoms are preferred. Do not change in the toilets, come ready for the session.
Please can you ensure your child/young person wears a mask until they arrive at the doors of the EODS Centre. We will remind them to put it back on as they leave. They won’t be required to wear them during the drama lesson. This is to ensure safety between the different groups as although there is a gap between classes, there may be late arrivals.
Our Adult ROBIN group start the year off on the 19th January with their Snow White Pantomime. Tickets are £5 on the door at 7pm at the EODS Centre.
The Speech and Drama classes that our students were involved in at the Eastbourne Music and Arts Festival at CAUSEWAY SCHOOL, were extremely successful. Our students did exceptionally well and all shone brightly winning a huge range of medals and trophies which was wonderful. But more importantly what we all notice every year is the kindness and support the students give each other which matters the most and sums our group up. The adjudicator was particularly encouraging this year and very impressed by the work of our students, she said ‘I have been to many festivals over 30 years and this is the highest standard of technique I have ever seen!’ What an incredible compliment to all our teachers, helpers and students.
On March 29th, 10 of our eldest students are performing in Rhys Clarke’s hilarious farcical play ‘The Genius’ at Printers Playhouse at 3pm and 6pm. The MAGLER BAND will be opening this event at 2pm also at Printers Playhouse. Tickets will be limited and will be on sale soon from Printers Playhouse.
Robinson Academy of Drama’s 7th Summer Show will take place on the 11th and 12th July at The Hippodrome Theatre. The younger groups and our solo/duo lesson students will perform on Saturday 11th July in a variety style show. On Sunday 12th July, our eldest groups performing extracts from ‘Whale Song’ and ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’, and another very funny play written by Rhys Clarke ‘Love and Chalk’. The charities/groups we will support next year are ‘The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’ and ‘The Eastbourne Fibro/ME Support group’.
SUMMER HOLIDAYS 2019 NEWS
We sadly said goodbye to 6 of our students who are moving onto University, Drama School or Ballet School and it was a very emotional last week. We wish them all the very best for their next exciting stage in their lives.
Our weekend of Drama Showcases at the EODS Centre were a huge success and we have had wonderful feedback about all of them and the open mic night. The children were superbly behaved both on and off the stage and are a huge credit to you all. We raised £118 for MS and £177 for Alzheimers.
EASTBOURNE MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL 2019
Our students shone very brightly at the Eastbourne Music and Arts Festival last week. 97 of our students aged 6-60 brought the stage to life with such a variety of theatrical skills from acting, mime, poetry recital, devising drama, performance for entertainment, choral speaking, physical theatre, sign language and movement. Our students gained 1st, 2nd and 3rd in most categories, but most importantly they were supportive of each other and the other competitors and all performed to the best of their abilities and came away smiling. This year we gained the highest amount of trophies so far for us in a Festival for overall winning results, this means that students gained the highest marks in their category over all age groups, in some cases some of our younger children won these over much older students, which is an excellent achievement.
Duo Mime: Elliot Winterton and Lili Cassidy
Duo Acting: Samuel Kavakli and Leon Robinson
Solo Mime: Zephan Robinson
Solo Acting: Zephan Robinson
Group Mime: Izzy Lynch, Carys Askew, Amelie Askew, Amelie Morley, Saffron Prentice, Antoni Smolej, Charlie Wood, Daisy Stevens, Bree Anna Bowles, Sophia Terry, Juliet Stanley, Mollie Dilley and Tegan Mayhew
Group Improvisation: Mackenzie Newbury, Natalie Wood, Rosa Terry, Gemma Cullington, Eleanor Huxley, Lara Andrade and Isabel Porter
Group Acting: Alenya Sharp, Sian Clarke, Carys Clarke, Emma Walker and Emily Bull
Original Verse: Leon Robinson
Group Devising Drama (original Script): Mackenzie Newbury, Natalie Wood, Rosa Terry, Gemma Cullington, Eleanor Huxley, Lara Andrade and Isabel Porter. These students were awarded the highest mark for Speech and Drama with 91 marks.
As the shows at the EODS Centre were successful this year, we have booked the 6/7th July for our summer performances again at the EODS centre in 2019.
AT ANDREW’S CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL, SUNDAY 9TH DECEMBER
Our younger students led by a few older students took part in the wonderful St. Andrews Christmas Tree Festival (on Seaside Road, near the big Tesco). We created a ‘Nutcracker’ themed performance, as the theme of the festival was ‘Toys’. Thank you to all of the children that were involved and to the parents and friends for supporting this lovely Christmas event.
JUNE LAMDA EXAMS
A huge well done to every student who took a LAMDA exam on June 29/30th. The certificates and reports will be given to students the first week back. All results were very high, the students achieved exceptionally, so proud of you all.
EASTBOURNE MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL 2018, SUCCESS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Our students achieved extremely well this year as always.
All were winners and all behaved respectfully and supportively to all around them, full of good spirit and fun.
The adjudicator said it was the warmest, most inclusive festival she had been to and was very taken with the performance for enjoyment non competitive classes which was the idea that we put forward to the committee 2 years ago along with Christine Stanley the teacher from Seaford Youth Theatre group.
Our students were placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd (and received very high marks across the board regardless if they were placed) in the following classes:
Poetry Recital age 7-9 years and 10-12 years and received 2nd joint place in the under 7’s.
Our students were placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Acting age under 12 years (in a very large class) and 13-15 years (in a large class), and 1st and 3rd in the Acting over 16 years.
Our over 12 Tuesday girls won a trophy for highest mark in Play Acting with 88 marks.
Our Friday group 3 students won their Mime section with 88 marks, and our Friday group 4 received a trophy and 90 marks for their extremely moving Devised Play written by themselves based on theme of Kinderstransport.
Both Duo Improvisation classes aged 13-15 years and under 12 years were won by our students.
The Duo Mime students came 2nd in both age groups 13-15 years and under 12 years.
Our Solo Mime students were placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in a large class.
Story Telling came in 2nd place.
Our students solo trophy achievements included Original verse 88 marks, highest Solo Acting mark 90 marks, highest Shakespeare mark 90 marks and highest Improvisation mark 88 marks.
A HUGE WELL DONE TO EVERY STUDENT WHO TOOK A LAMDA EXAM THIS SPRING. ALL OUR STUDENTS EITHER RECEIVED A MERIT OR A DISTINCTION, WHICH IS GREAT NEWS. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU ALL. ALSO A HUGE THANK YOU AND WELL DONE TO ALL THE STUDENTS WHO PERFORMED IN THE HEARING RESOURCE PERFORMANCE ‘SIGN OF THE TIMES’.