What is PDP?

Big Little Theatre School’s Professional Development Programme is a training company which meets for a full day of training on Saturdays (10am-5pm) term time at Bournemouth School for Girls Performing Arts Block 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.

Students train in a wide variety of musical theatre and acting styles, to expand their experience and individual repertoire. 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 ensure that they are on top of all their material and where they are expected to begin to take responsibility for their own development & work ethic. It fully prepares students for audition and entry into top theatre schools for full time professional training. PDP does not replace individual skills training, and indeed it is strongly encouraged that students receive private singing tuition and participate in syllabus dance & acting classes.


What standard do i need to be to audition?

PDP is designed for senior BIGLITTLE students and external students entering year 12 and above who have a serious desire and belief in a career in theatre.

Because the work-rate and commitment required is so high - it is not designed for those who merely wish to pursue acting/singing/dancing purely as a hobby as inevitably these students will have different priorities in their lives.

For successful entry into PDP you will probably already have significant musical theatre training/performing experience with a strong skill set in at least two of the three disciplines of Acting, Singing and Dancing.

We welcome suitable applications from students who are new to BIGLITTLE who would like to train at this level.



The PDP programme now includes compulsory acting & dance classes for all PDP students as part of the training programme. All PDP students are required to attend one of our new focused acting technique groups held at various times throughout the week and also a performance dance class on a Monday evening.  The PDP programme is designed to integrate training with rehearsals & performance opportunities throughout the year. It is divided into three broad sections:-


Audition preparation, Guest Workshops
Initial Rehearsals

The first part of the year is devoted to establishing guidelines for personal study, research and repertoire.

Performance class workshops - sessions cover classical and contemporary acting, acting through song, song & dance and presentation and critique of audition material. There will also be initial rehearsals for PDP concert commitments.

The Musical


During the later half of term one and the first part of term two the PDP Company goes into rehearsals for a fully staged musical production with a Guest Director.

To enable the students to benefit fully from the professional theatre process, this project will be performed during the week of the February half term 2019.

Broadway Showtunes


The final part of the year is devoted to further training and rehearsals for our flagship annual production at the Pavilion Theatre.

Working with a variety of Directors & Choreographers and a wide range of material gives students the chance to play a number of different roles in different musical and physical styles.


How to apply

Entrance to PDP is by application and audition.

After receipt of a completed application form students will be invited to an audition which will be in two parts. Part one will include a compulsory group dance/movement audition and a group performance workshop. Part two will be a compulsory private interview/audition where students will be asked to present the following:-

• Two contrasting Musical Theatre Songs
• A short contemporary monologue

Further information can be obtained by downloading the current prospectus and application form.