Frequently Asked Questions

This is where you will find most answers. If there should still be any questions unanswered, don't hesitate to contact us.


Where do the lessons take place?

Group and solo lessons are currently being taught in Sale Centre at Hiya, Waterside Arts and Everlast Gym.

Our current Timetable is available via this link.

Solo sessions are held at our teaching studio inside Everlast Fitness, Sale, M33 7NT or in the offices or our clients, mainly in Manchester and Cheshire.

How much do the lessons cost?

Group lesson prices start at £10 per session, paid in a block at the start of every term. There is a one off £10 joining fee.

Youth Theatre memberships start at £30 per month for 10-12 year olds and £45 per month for ages 12+.

Solo lessons for children start at £20 for 30 minutes.

Solo lessons for adults are priced individually, please get in touch for more details.

How is Youth Theatre different to weekly lessons

We meet on Monday evenings at Waterside Arts and spend our time working on theatre exercises, play rehearsals, script building, improvisation, voice over work, film production and other projects that present themselves along the way.

Our members group has a relaxed feel between projects and our hard work during performance months is balanced with lighter style periods of short term work.

We aim to produce one or two main performances per year and enjoy opportunities at local events such as Sale Festival, Lord Mayor's Concert and other public gatherings.

What are LAMDA Exams and do you offer them?

LAMDA is the name of a drama school that provides assessments in speech, drama and communication. We can prepare students for LAMDA exams at the Manchester Centre.

There are many other exam boards offering assessment in the same subjects with the same qualification level.

Spotlight offers exams with University of West London / London College of Music (also referred to as LCM) in the same subjects as LAMDA. Our group class students work towards LCM exams in the summer term of each academic year.

We also support students taking LAMDA exams and ask families to place their exam entry at the local public centre in Manchester.

If you are currently working towards LAMDA exams and would like to join one of our groups and continue on the LAMDA pathway we can help support you with this.

What is the difference between a Drama Class and a Speech and Drama or LAMDA Lesson

Drama classes cover acting technique using scripts, improvisation, character work and devising our own scenes and monologues

Speech and Drama classes feature poetry speaking, story telling, clear communication and acting. We mostly work on scripts written by others and occasionally work on our own creations. Students attending a class of this kind can take acting as an option or can focus more on spoken word and the art of being a good communicator and story teller.

LAMDA classes are speech and drama lessons, please refer to the paragraph above. LAMDA is the name of the examination board that some of our students work with, other speech and drama students work with a syllabus from University of West London, others prefer not to follow an exam path.

Does everyone attending classes have to take an exam?

Children in group classes are taught the same syllabus regardless of whether they sit a test at the end of term. No one is forced to take an exam and all children are encouraged to reach their potential regardless of whether they will be assessed by a professional body.

Can I join part way through a term?

Yes, we offer pay as you go taster places most weeks of the term. The only exception is when we get closer to exams and performances where we may be rehearsing and unable to welcome a new student.

What age brackets do you teach?

Solo lessons from age 4+

Group lessons from age 6, taught in age appropriate national curriculum groups.

Do you put on plays?

Our Youth Theatre is our main performance group and we aim to perform twice per year. Our weekly speech, drama and communication lessons work towards an exam syllabus and have the opportunity to enter competitions and festivals during the academic year. We encourage show backs of work to families and across different teaching groups so that our young performers develop skills needed when performing live for an audience.

My child is interested in a career in acting, can you help?

We are always keen to support students who have a dream to become an actor. Previous students have gone on to succeed in professional careers and have secured places on university drama courses and at drama schools.

Do you run holiday and weekend courses?

Our school holiday and weekend courses are paused currently.

Youth Theatre

How do I arrange a place for my child?

Places are offered following a successful audition, details of which can be found on our audition page.

How much does the youth theatre cost?

We are a not for profit group and ask for a £30 or £45 per month (12 payments per year, cost is age dependent) contribution to rehearsal space, theatre hire, director costs and general running expenses.


Where does the youth theatre meet?

We meet at Waterside Arts every Monday evening during term time. Our age 10-12 performers meet from 5-6pm, our 12 years+ performers meet from 6-8pm.

Do you have different groups for different age brackets?

Yes, our 10-12 year olds meet from 5-6pm and our members age 12+ meet from 6-8pm each Monday during term time.

Adult communication coaching

What kind of sessions do you offer?

We create bespoke courses to meet the needs of our clients. Please get in touch to discuss your objectives.

How much are your sessions?

Acting, communication and business sessions are individually priced, please get in touch to discuss your needs and to find out about our hourly or course rates