A 'not for profit' theatre school based in Bournemouth, Christchurch & Ringwood.
Regarded as one of the UK's leading part-time schools.

enabling personal excellence through performance...


About us

Co-founded back in 1996 by Michelle Guy and Colin Billing, BIGLITTLE is highly regarded as a premier theatre school specialising in musical theatre, acting and dance.

With over 300 talented students aged from 4 through to 19 years, BIGLITTLE is very proud to offer tuition from a highly qualified team of professional staff and directors, many of whom bring their expertise directly from the West End.

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What we do...

Here at BIGLITTLE we're all passionate about providing children and young people with the very best theatrical experiences and training.  Whether you're the parent of a primary school aged child who's mad keen on singing & dancing, an early teen-age year child who's struggling with confidence and well-being, or a senior school pupil who's dead-set on a career in theatre - we can help...   

For beginners/improvers take a look at our TheatreMachine classes and our new Foundation Youth Company which is new for September 2019. For those with more experience who want a faster paced, professional experience then we recommend applying to audition for our three Youth Theatre companies. 

If you want to develop individual skills we run classes in actingperformance dance and also private singing lessons*

For those in sixth form or contemplating a gap-year, our renowned Professional Development Programme and GAP Theatre course offer exclusive professional training and has for many, many students been the route not only to further London drama school training, but also significant careers on stage and screen.

*due to demand priority for vocal coaching goes to students who are currently members of BIGLITTLE Youth Theatre



Children who've started school can begin their BIGLITTLE careers in our Mini Theatre Machine classes,
either in Bournemouth (Castle Lane), Boscombe or Ringwood.




Junior age children can continue in Theatre Machine and also start classes for individual disciplines of actingdancing and singing.
This is also the first stage where audition for
BIGLITTLE Youth Theatre is possible.




Intermediate age students who are wanting to develop skills and build confidence can join Theatre Machine or particpate in dance or acting classes.
Our intermediate Youth Theatre
"Limelights" is available by audition.



YEAR 10 and above

Senior students thrive at BIGLITTLE. The class structure helps them on their journey of gaining confidence and skills, and for those who are destined for a potential career in performing arts the
Professional Development Programme
GAP Theatre courses are available by application & audition.

Training for the Profession

BIGLITTLE Theatre School offer highly focussed, intensive and specialised training for those students in sixth form or gap year who are seriously considering a career in the performing arts.  The Professional Development and GAP Theatre programmes provide students who are disciplined and committed the opportunity to work with a wide range of creative practitioners from the world of first class theatre and we have an exceptional record of aiding students gain drama school entry at renowned establishments such as RADA, Arts Educational, Mountview, GSA, LAMDA, RCSSD and many others.



Big Little Theatre School’s Professional Development Programme is a training company which meets for a full day of training on Saturdays plus supplementary weekday classes and other rehearsals at Big Little Studios.

PDP enables committed, focused and talented young performers (from academic year 12) to develop their skills in a fully professional environment, working with a wide range of top professionals in all aspects of theatre and production. 

 The professional development aspect enables the students to “step up” to a faster paced work rate where there is a higher expectation on them to take responsibility for their own development & work ethic. 


Trinity ATCL Diploma NQA Level 4

The GAP THEATRE course is carefully designed to cater for students aged 18-20. It is specifically for students wishing to commit to a shorter but intensive training programme to prepare for entry into top drama schools or universities. Students should have a genuine ambition to work in the performing arts industry.

The programme will provide advanced training in Musical Theatre and Acting. Students will join for core elements and then further specialise by opting for certain modules. The timetable is deliberately structured so that it is also possible to take on employment, enabling students to fund themselves throughout the course.

For students studying the Trinity Diploma Course, you will receive a recognised Trinity ATCL Diploma NQA Level 4 qualification, equivalent to the first year of a Degree course and a nationally recognised qualification.


 JULY 2018

"I don’t think there is a stage school across the country producing such a high standard as this. They sounded fantastic especially the talent that is coming up through the ranks.. it made me emotional to think of all those wonderful boys and what incredible role models they are for each other, artistically and personally, and how that talent will grow as they  move up the school."

Emma Woods / West End Performer, Dance Captain & Choreographer
BIGLITTLE Theatre School Associate Choreographer

Get Involved

There are a number of ways that you, your child or other family members can get involved in the BIGLITTLE experience.

  • Why not book a free trial in a class that your interested in for your little ones? 
  • Or if you've always been interested in volunteering in the world of theatre then why not get in touch? 
  • And of course, if you'd like to support us as a patron or sponsor we'd love to hear from you!


We offer a free trial session for prospective new students in all our regular weekly classes (subject to places being available).

(Admission to our Youth Theatre companies is by audition only at certain times)


We are grateful to the large numbers of parents and associates who volunteer to help as chaperones, seamstresses, carpenters and a host of other ways. 

The Friends Of BIGLITTLE organise a number of events throughout the year, and support us  so vitally.


As a non-profit making organisation our relationship with patrons , sponsors and benefactors makes a huge difference to us.

Find out ways you can help us in our work with talented young people.