PUKKA Petites was formed in January 2005 and regularly performed its own shows, the first being “Annie and Friends”. The Petites were also involved in all the adult productions, and had a major role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Memorial Hall in November 2006.
In 2008 a more challenging environment was created for the older children with the formation of the PUKKA Potential Theatre School. Their debut was in November 2008 when they performed as part of the “Mistletoe and Wine” show.
An even more advanced class was soon needed, and in 2009 PUKKA Plus was formed, producing brilliant performances in the summer show, ‘Annie’ including the major title role.
All three sections were involved with the 2009 ‘Christmas Cracker’ production, including some brilliant solo and feature performances, and some magic ensemble pieces. During 2010 the three younger sections were busy in “FIVE”, and had major roles in “The Little Matchgirl”. In the Spring of 2011 a major showcase of the children’s talents took place at the Paget Rooms, Penarth, with “Truly Scrumptious”. This was the most extravagant youth show yet, fully costumed, with brilliant performances from all youth sections, plus some assistance from the PUKKA Adult cast in “Les Mis”.
In 2012 our most advanced group, PUKKA Perfection was formed, and their debut performance as a seven piece group at the 2012 Black Tie Ball showed just how outstanding they are.
What are the PUKKA Theatre Schools?
Since 2005 we have had the privilege of working with some very talented young people. They all had great fun at PUKKA petites, but we felt there was a need to develop and nurture their talents in a more focused learning environment, and the various advanced sections of the PUKKA Theatre Schools have been created to meet this need. Here, the children work in small groups rotating throughout a Saturday morning to develop the three main areas of performance:
Dance | Drama | Music
They work with people who are trained professionals in their field.
Children’s Workshops are held at Crossways Methodist Church. Workshops are organised into three “terms” of 12 weeks each year. No audition is necessary for PUKKA Petites or PUKKA Potential, but a strict ‘first come first served’ policy is adhered to.
PUKKA Plus and PUKKA Perfection membership is subject to both audition and invitation.
Members of the PUKKA Theatre Schools are encouraged and expected to perform in the major adult productions – often in major roles!
The only requirement we have is that the children wear casual sports clothing to rehearsals and appropriate dance shoes. We will tell you at the beginning of term what they are but jazz shoes are the basic necessity. These can be purchased from A&A dancewear in Park Crescent or any reputable dance / sports shop.
The ethos of PUKKA Potential is not to directly prepare children for the harsh world of auditions, but if we feel a suitable opportunity arises, we may approach individual parents / guardians.
If you need more information or have any queries, please call Sarah on 01446 400674 or 07917881220, or
PUKKA Theatre School meets at Crossways Road Methodist Church
PUKKA Perfection is for young people age 14+
Dance, Monday 6-8pm at £25 pcm
Ballet AND Tap Primary
Singing Lessons, per ½ h session
Note that Singing Lessons are open to anybody – any age, any level.
For more information, Call Sarah on 07917 881220 or 01446 400674
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet The Teachers
Sarah has been interested in theatre since performing with Barry Arts as a young whipper-snapper back in the early 80’s. Since then, she’s performed with other local drama companies before going on to study drama in education and graduated from Bangor University in 1996 with a B.Ed. Hons. Degree. She is a founder member of PUKKA Productions, starting it back in 2004 with a handful of children and a heart full of dreams!!! It has grown into an exciting company. Apart from PUKKA Plays ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (in which she played Hippolyta), Sarah has directed all the PUKKA shows, the first being ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and the most recent being, ‘A Christmas Carol’. She has also spent the last four years directing or co-directing the PUKKA Petites. Sarah is a primary school teacher for the Vale of Glamorgan, currently teaching at Gladstone Primary school.
Sarah teaches drama, stage presence, stage navigation, voice projection, theatrical styles and auditioning techniques.
Nicola is our choreographer and has twenty-five years of dance experience. She trained at the Lori Guppy School of Dance where she achieved her major examinations in ISTD Tap and Modern Dance. In 1998 she passed her RSA Exercise to Music examination and then went on to work on various cruise ships and teach throughout the Vale of Glamorgan. For the last 3 years she has taught young children ballet and tap at Anita’s Theatre school and has just started her own dance troupe for age group 16 plus. Nicola is also choreographer for PUKKA Productions and previous shows include “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “The Buddy Holly Story” and “A Christmas Carol”.
Nicola is currently studying her FDI ISTD qualification.
Details on other teachers to follow… PLEASE!