Welcome to Big Red Curtain Performing Arts Incorporating TheatreWorks. We are a specialist performing arts school based in Oulton, Leeds , Boston Spa near Wetherby and Shelley, Wakefield / Huddersfield. We provide high quality tuition of Music, Drama, Dance and other key performing arts skills. We are an established independent school  set up and ran by committed performing arts teachers with experience teaching professionally within schools, colleges, universities and privately. Big Red Curtain Ltd. is split into six specialist areas and a casting agency. More information below.

New Venue for TheatreWorks Oulton Creates New Spaces!

 TheatreWorks Oulton is now at Royds Language College, Rothwell

TheatreWorks Oulton has now succesfully moved to Royds Specialist Language College, Rothwell, just a few minutes from our old venue and halfway between Wakefield and Leeds TheatreWorks Oulton is within easy reach of both the M1/A1 and M62. Our larger venue within the performing arts block of Royds School has allowed us to take on a new specialist dance teacher to our team of 5 teachers and the additional space now allows us to accept new students for the New Year 2011 Term starting in January. For more information about joining See the TheatreWorks Section of our Website. Or Contact Us.

Wakefield TheatreWorks Opening Soon!

Coming Soon to Silcoates School

TheatreWorks will be opening at Silcoates in 2015!  


TheatreWorks Performing Arts

Specialist Group Music Drama and Dance Tuition

Our Part Time Sessions take place during the school year. There is a small entrance audition to determine your starting level should you choose to take any optional exams with LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts). These sessions offer advanced tuition and skills and are split into different  groups based on age and LAMDA level. TheatreWorks is specifically structured for Ages 6-18 (there is also a separate stage for 3-6s TheatreWorks Early Years). The sessions are three hours in length and are split into different classes specialising in music and drama, there are also a range of other classes varying from dance to stage skills and film media. Each term is planned towards a curriculum and no two terms are the same. At the end of each term we have a production which is open to all family and friends to watch. Once a year we have a large production at a professional theatre in full costume. We also put on an annual pantomime which is written and devised by our drama teacher with original ideas and script from our students.

For More Information go to our TheatreWorks Section.

Vivace Music School

Can You Hear The Music? We Can!

Vivace Music School offers both early and advanced training/tuition in Piano, Vocal Coaching, Singing Lessons Clarinet, Saxophone, Music Theory, Composition and GCSE / A Level Music. We offer optional ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) examinations in Piano, Voice, Clarinet and music theory. Specialising in individual lessons for ages 6-106!

For More Information go to our Music School Section.


Exposition Drama School

Eat, Sleep, Breathe and Live Drama!

Exposition is our new drama school providing advanced individual and group drama lessons for teenagers and adults. The main goal is to provide advanced intense training for drama students who have upcoming auditions or need additional tuition for exams to degree level.

We also provide LAMDA examinations for aspiring actors who wish to complete their training to licentate level LAMDA . MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!


Dance Leeds & Dance Wakefield

Every Movement is a Dance Form!

Dance Leeds and Dance Wakefield are new dance schools which will be based as the name suggests in Leeds, Wakefield and Boston Spa near Wetherby. An experienced qualified dance teacher is managing our new dance school and will commence after October Half term! MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!


Early Years Group

Early Advantage Music, Drama and Dance

The Early Years Group is a preparation stage for 3-6s and is ran separately to the main part-time sessions the sessions last an hour and when the student is 6 years old they are invited to spend an extra half hour with the main part-time sessions group. Our Early Years Group is ran by the same qualified teachers that run the part-time sessions with the addition of our qualified nursery school professional they can learn the basic skills for performing arts which will give them in every day skills and benefit them in their school life.

For More Information go to our Early Years Music Drama and Dance Section


Holiday Workshops

Something Fun for the Holidays!

Holiday Workshops which run during most school holidays excluding Christmas. Our Workshops are open to everyone aged between 6 and 18 and there is no audition required. Workshops run for five days (usually Monday to Friday) and are generally 6 hours per day which can vary from (9am-3pm to 10am-4pm). In the weeks workshop we select well known musicals and films and perform alternative versions and extracts from them, information on our workshops and the chosen theme is published on our website a month before the school holiday. At the end of the week there is a small production where family and friends are welcome to attend.

For More Information go to our Holiday Workshop Section.


Big Red Curtain Casting Agency

To Perform is to Live as to Live is to Perform!

Our Casting Agency is a new addition to the school. There is an increasing number of new talent searches and a broadening requirement for dramatic and musical artists we have started to build an association with various directors, production companies and other industry related open cast auditions and theatre auditions and we also hope to build further links with local Television companies. Big Red Curtain is currently communicating with major UK production companies BBC North and Granada Studios Manchester (famous for Coronation Street and other leading drama productions) to build links within the industry. As we continue building links we hope to build good connections within casting for TV, Theatre and even Film, as well as Advertising and Radio.

Casting doesn't stop at looking for existing productions and programmes that need actors and actresses we aim to create new scripts and commercial ideas through our own writers and students own ideas with a view to independently market show reels to production companies. The show reels we will create will include a cast made up of TheatreWorks and our Drama School, Exposition.

All of the Big Red Curtain Performing Arts students are eligible to be entered into our casting agency providing we have trained them for at least two terms (6months).  PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT accept outside requests to be featured in our casting agency as we aim to assure the quality of our students and this lets us easily identify the exact needs of any Casting Directors Quickly.

For More Information go to our Casting Agency Section.


Mission Statement

Our Mission Statement, to provide high quality tuition of music, drama and performance. These skills will be taught to an examination standard with an option to take a formal exam. The skills gained will be both an advantage to everyday life and a career within the performing arts.


Our Aims

We aim to provide high quality tuition to all students interested in the performing arts.

By limiting our class sizes to a good student to teacher ratio and not focus on large class numbers unlike the majority of franchised schools

We aim to improve self confidence and performance skills whilst making the experience enjoyable and fun.

By encouraging everybody to interact with each other we create an exciting varied community cast. By making sure the group is happy it ensures our students can work easily together and learn more as a team.

We aim to prepare our students for a career within the performing arts or as a head start to Degree and Masters Courses.

By providing cross school and college curriculum courses alongside our program towards recognised qualifications in performing arts many of our students are trained to equivalent GCSE and A-Level standards before they reach 16years old, giving them an advantageous start to degree level courses.

We aim to showcase all new skills that students have learned openly for everybody to see their development.

We actively encourage performances showing visible improvements in performance and stage skills and a showcase or performance take place at the end of each term.

Wherever possible we aim to promote (when requested) any of our students to appropriate auditions and or jobs.

We offer a free casting agency directory listing to all of our students providing we have trained them for at least two consecutive terms unlike many other agencies we have no fee for joining and only take a small commission upon the student receiving any work. We are actively working towards building links with advertising agencies, screen and stage casting directors.

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Recent News

  • Summer Workshops News
  • 07/03/2015
  • Our Summer 2015 Workshops have now been released, The performance based workshop for South Leeds / Wakefield is based on the popular film and musical Into The Woods! and our workshop for North Leeds / Wetherby is Matilda based on the popular book, film and musical . Read more >>
  • New Wakefield School Open Day
  • 05/03/2015
  • New School Open Day and information afternoon for our Wakefield school which will be opening at Silcoates School 2015 book your free place at our first open evening on Wednesday 11th March 2015 6:30pm and 7:30pm by contacting us. Read more >>

Overview of Performing Arts Leeds

Our Location

Big Red Curtain Performing Arts is based in Oulton (South Leeds), Wakefield and Boston Spa near Wetherby and within easy reach of Harrogate and North Leeds. Where to Find Us.

Associated Exams:

  • TheatreWorks Trinity Guildhall Speech, Drama and Performance Exams
  • Vivace Music ABRSM Exams
  • Exposition Drama Exams
  • Dance Leeds IDTA Exams
  • Dance Wakefield IDTA Exams

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