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LIZZIE FRANCES: PRINCIPAL

Lizzie Frances, Principle o Pure Drama, Actor, Director and LAMDA teacher
Lizzie Frances, Principle of Pure Drama, Actor, Director and LAMDA teacher
Lizzie Frances, Principle of Pure Drama, Actor, Director, LAMDA teacher
 
 
 

LIZZIE FRANCES BA (HONS) MSTSD

  • PRINCIPAL
  • LAMDA TEACHER
  • ACTORS TEACHER SOUTHBOURNE
  • PERFORMERS TEACHER SOUTHBOURNE
  • BERTIE & BETSY TEACHER SOUTHBOURNE
  • BERTIE & BETSY TEACHER CHRISTCHURCH
 
Lizzie is a professional Actor, Director and Drama teacher. She trained with the prestigious National Youth Theatre and the Birmingham School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre Credits include: The Wicked Queen-Snow White (Octagon Theatre)The Spirit of the Ring-Aladdin (Octagon Theatre) Fairy Godmother- Cinderella (Octagon Theatre) Mrs Darling, Myrtle the Mermaid, Big Chief Squatting Cow- Peter Pan (Octagon Theatre)Fairy Tale-Beauty and the Beast (UK Tour) Fairy Moonbeam-Sleeping Beauty(Octagon Theatre) Melody- Pirates of the Pavilion and Pirates of the Pavilion the sequel (The Weymouth Pavilion) The Wicked Witch-The Children's Variety Adventure (UK Tour) The Spirit of the Ring-Aladdin (Octagon Theatre) Sharon-Girls Night (No 1 UK Tour) Aladdin- Aladdin (Winsford Theatre) The Wicked Witch-The Childrens Variety Performance (UK Tour) Kate-Girls Night (Durham Gala Theatre) Elf- The Night before Christmas (The Ambassadors Theatre, West End and Horsham Capitol Theatre) Kate-Girls Night (The New Vic Theatre and UK Tour) Sophie Ce Soir-HA HA Hitler! (Croydon Warehouse and UK Tour) Claire-Six Minute Theatre (Bridewell Theatre) Elf- Rolf Harris and Friends (Fairfield Halls, Croydon) The Monster in the Mine(Portsmouth Historic Dockyards) Puck-A Midsummers Night Dream (Portsmouth Theatre Royal) Louise-Martha, Josie and The Chinese Elvis (Bournemouth Pier Theatre) Fairy Bowbells-Dick Whittington (Doncaster Civic) Harry-Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs (UK No 1 Tour) Fairy Beansprout-Jack and the Beanstalk (Octagon Theatre) U/S Beth, Jo, Meg and Amy- Little Women(UK No 1 Tour) Claire-Morning Glory (Bridewell Theatre) The Rainbow Fish-The Rainbow Fish (UK Tour) Jo/Mum-Too Much Punch for Judy (TIE Tour) Gwen-Catchy! (Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh)​


TV and Film Credits include:  Patricia- Seconds from Disaster (National Geographic) Crazy Woman- Exorcism (SKY Advert) Lady Lucan-Murder Casebook Series 2 (Sky TV) Judy Garland-Pop Icon, Binary Lines, May Day, A bit of a Pickle, Science, Tea for Two, The Simple Truth and The Truth Hurts (Bournemouth Media School) plus various school teachers in commercials for Nokia and Telsis.

Writing and Directing Credits include: Beauty and the Beast (UK Tour) Scrumdiddlyumptious, And the Winner is, Lights Camera Action, Annie-the first night farce (The Octagon Theatre) Is this my Story? (The Shelley Theatre) Peter Pan (New Milton Memorial Hall) Legally Blonde  (Layard Theatre) The Tempest, Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Sutton Theatre) Macbeth (The Charles Cryer Theatre)

Lizzie has written the Pure Drama Theatre School Acting, Performing and Little Theatre Syllabus.

As a teacher Lizzie trained under LAMDA examiner and adjudicator John Hester and has since taught LAMDA to private pupils with a 100% pass rate at Merit and Distinction.

Lizzie has successfully prepared pupils for drama festivals and has secured places for many of her students at top London drama schools. Lizzie has written and directed numerous youth theatre productions, films and summer schools.

 

Lizzie lives in Bournemouth with her husband Paul ,their children Tilly, Teddy, Bertie and their Cockapoo Paddington and Romanian Recuse Dotty.

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VICTORIA ELDON BA (HONS)

  • ACTORS TEACHER CHRISTCHURCH
  • LAMDA TEACHER

Victoria is a professional actress from Bournemouth.

Victoria's theatre training began in Stratford Upon Avon where she spent a year on an intensive course in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company and then went on to complete her BA (Hons) in Acting at the Arts University Bournemouth graduating in 2011.

Since then Victoria has worked extensively in both film and theatre and has appeared in several feature films including "Stalled" and "Territory" as well as numerous TV adverts and many short films.

As a teacher and workshop leader for children of all ages Victoria has taught for various drama schools across Dorset and Hampshire for over 10 years and is extremely proud to be joining the Pure Drama team!

Chloe Louisa-Hughes Pure Drama teacher

CHLOE LOUISA-HUGHES

  • PERFORMERS TEACHER SOUTHBOURNE
  • PERFORMERS TEACHER CHRISTCHURCH
  • ACTORS TEACHERS SOUTHBOURNE

Training: Urdang Academy

Chloe is a professional Actor and Choreographer from Bournemouth. She has had years of training in dance and musical theatre under Jass Studios, Stagewise and Leaf Studio School, and then after receiving a scholarship, moved to London to further her training at the Urdang Academy.

Professional credits include: Elsa in the premier of ‘Once upon a Princess’ for OCD Productions, Improv squad for ‘A night at the Improv’ for Black Cherry Productions, The Queen of Hearts and Mr rabbit for Adventure Wonderland, Wicked Queen in Snow White and The Wicked Stepmother In Cinderella (She promises she is nice though really!)

Chloe is also a talented Choreographer. Last Christmas she was choreographer for Earl Carpenters ‘Scrooge’ for Ginger Boy Productions. Since then she is now choreographer for a number of companies, and theatre schools. Chloe currently teaches at Prompt Corner Academy of dance where  she works alongside Katie Chaldecott-Gill coaching her festival team.


 

LOUISE MCFADDEN

  • ACTORS ASSISTANT SOUTHBOURNE
  • PERFORMERS ASSISTANT SOUTHBOURNE
  • STAGE MANAGER/CHILD LICENSE ADMIN

Louise and Lizzie are sisters. Louise is our parent helper in some of our Junior and Inters classes. She is tremendous fun and is so encouraging to all our students. Louise is also in charge of stage managing our shows and organising all our licensing admin.

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MELANIE RIDING

  • BERTIE & BETSY TEACHER SOUTHBOURNE
  • BERTIE & BETSY TEACHER CHRISTCHURCH
  • BERTIE & BETSY TEACHER POKESDOWN
  • BERTIE & BETSY TEACHER FERNDOWN

Melanie began her career in music some 17 years ago by running classes for the Poole franchise of Jo Jingles.  She ran her classes in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Ferndown areas, together with providing birthday parties across Dorset.

 

Melanie also planned, organised and ran Summer sessions during the holidays.

 

During this time, she developed many long-lasting friendships and a strong interest in how music played an important part of children’s development.

 

In 2018, Melanie moved on and joined a private nursery in Bournemouth. After studying for 2 years, she became a qualified Nursery Practitioner gaining a CACHE level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator). Alongside this Melanie holds a Level 2 certificate in Child Protection, together with various other qualifications in relation to child development and protection in the early years.

 

PAUL HOLTON-FRANCES

  • OFFICE MANAGER

Paul manages Pure Drama with his wife Lizzie. He runs the office and oversees the finances. 

All our staff are regularly DBS checked and First aid trained