Providing training and professional development in the performing arts to dedicated children and young people. BIGLITTLE Theatre School is a non-profit-making organisation enabling personal excellence through performance in a professional and nurturing environment for students aged from reception through to 19 years.
Permission To Shine
Co-founded back in 1996 by Michelle Guy and Colin Billing, BIGLITTLE Theatre School is highly regarded as a premier theatre school specialising in musical theatre, singing, 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. An excellent reputation has been earned in the local and professional theatre world and good associations are maintained with London stage schools, celebrities and children’s charities for which the school has helped raise considerable sums of money. Higher levels of excellence are achieved year-on-year with numbers limited to maintain the high standard of teaching.
BIGLITTLE runs three youth theatre companies: Footlights (year 4-6), Limelights (year 7-9), Starlights (year 10+), with the Professional Development Programme for students in year 12 and above aspiring to train at top theatre schools with a view to a career in the industry.
In addition to the youth theatre, we also offer a wide range of weekday classes and holiday courses/workshops in musical theatre, acting, singing techniques and dance, catering for syllabus and non-syllabus study. Classes are available in Bournemouth and Ringwood for children from reception age upwards.
"I cannot even begin to describe how much Big Little has done for me in the time I’ve been there, I’m just so grateful for it all. Just has been the best 4 years with the most incredible people"
— Connor Jones,
PDP & GAP Theatre Graduate 2018
awarded a place at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Celebrating 21 Years of BIGLITTLE...
In October 2017 we celebrated our 21st Birthday with a show stopping concert at the Bournemouth Pavilion – the concert received amazing support from past alumni students who returned from afar to support the celebration along with current PDP and Youth Theatre students.
In recent years, numerous graduates have secured places at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, The Arts Educational Schools London, Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, Guildford School of Acting (GSA), Rose Bruford College, East 15 Acting School, London School of Musical Theatre (LSMT), The Urdang Academy, Bodywork Company, LIPA, Millennium, Laine Theatre Arts, Drama Centre, Trinity Laban and others. Many are currently performing, directing and choreographing in the West End and on national and international tours.
Time To Move …
Following a recent announcement from Michelle Guy, the team at BIGLITTLE are very excited about their forthcoming move to a new premises in Christchurch. The move will take place during the summer holidays and, whilst they will be keeping most of their regular weekly venues in Bournemouth and Ringwood, the new premises will incorporate a purpose-built dance studio and drama room. This will allow the school to introduce lots of exciting new classes and courses which will be especially beneficial for their senior and GAP theatre programmes. The new premises will allow the school to have all of the resources, costumes and management team under one roof. and we look forward to opening the doors of the new venue in September 2018.