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Every Wednesday 4.30pm- 6pm

(Bring water and wear clothes you can move in)

Juniors 7 to 11 yrs
Seniors 11 to 19 yrs

Drama




For more info or to book a place please phone: Julie on 05 53 64 24 97 or email info@oldschoolfrance.com

Drama is a fantastic fun and physical way to develop social skills whilst supplementing the Old School’s broad academic curriculum. Students learn skills in improvisation, working from scripts, vocal projection, speech development and most importantly building confidence with themselves and with others.

There are roles for everybody with Stage's Cool. We incorporate stage management, lighting and sound, costumes and theatre makeup as well as formal acting skills in the workshops.

This academic year we are working towards an informal sharing of our work so far just before half term, a more formal production around summer, and a Christmas show.

Paola Bottomley

Photograpgh of Paola Bottomley
Paola has a broad base of experience and works in a variety of situations as a performer and educator. Her initial training was at Trinity and Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in London, where she graduated with First Class Hons, specializing in Voice and Jazz Music. 

In 2007 Paola was awarded a Yamaha Jazz Award for outstanding young Jazz musicians. She has since gone on to receive several awards including a prize for best improvisation and gained 2nd place in Lithuania at the International Jazz Vocalist Competition held in Klaipeda.  She has been described as a ‘truly gifted improviser’ (Pete Churchill). She then went on to complete her Masters Degree winning the Elton John Scholarship Award at The Royal Academy of Music in London, graduating with Distinction.

Paola is an experienced teacher and vocal coach, currently working with a number of institutions in France and the UK. Recently she recorded a set of educational videos for the Trinity Rock and Pop Grade syllabus.  She currently holds the position of Professor for Jazz and Pop voice at the Conservatoire of Bordeaux and is also Head of Music and Performing Arts at The Old School in Lauzun.  She is also the vocal coach for the Dordogne Jazz International Summer School where she teaches alongside many respected UK Jazz tutors.
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