Stage school opens for aspiring Brent youngsters


A female business duo is expanding their business to open a new performing arts school for children in Brent.

Having already found massive success with Sunday classes at their Barnet branch, 360 Arts, run by Carol Brophy and actress Simone Lahbib, are opening a new branch in St Robert Southwell Primary School for Saturday classes.

They are launching it with a free open day this Saturday, March 21st, and Kellie Bright, who plays Queen Vic landlady Linda Carter in Eastenders, will officially open the school.

Carter_family_(EastEnders)_2014Carol Brophy told the Irish World: “I’m from Cricklewood myself, and we thought it would be great to give Brent children the opportunity to get into performing arts.

“Our Barnet school has castings at the moment for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Billy Elliott in the West End, and my son was actually the youngest boy ever to be cast in the Billy Elliott title role.

“We are meeting a need for creative children to express themselves and for the shy children to blossom and for all the children to make friends in a fun, nurturing, environment with high caliber teachers with lots of opportunities to learn, grow and perform.”

The school is open for children in Key Stages 1 and 2 (aged 6-11) and interested parties should contact as booking is essential.

Simone Lahbib
Simone Lahbib

Full classes will commence on Saturday April 18, with one hour of singing, one hour of dancing and one hour of acting at the special introductory price of £8.75 per class.

Those who sign up for the summer term on the open day will benefit from a further reduction of £25.00 for all three classes.

St Robert Southwell Primary School is on Slough Lane, NW9 8YD.

360 Arts School’s Barnet’s branch, at the Bull Theatre, is also offering free street dancing classes to children aged between 11 and 15, as they seek to set up a new competitive dance troup.

No experience is necessary and the free hour workshops will take place at 10am on Sunday mornings. Email to apply.




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