Welcome to Class Act Theatre School

Once Upon a Musical

Once Upon a Musical

One Night Up the West End

One Night Up the West End

Whistle Down the Wind


“I love going to CATS because it has given me more confidence and has helped me to believe in myself more.
Plus Jill is really supportive!”

Catrin Bevan, Age 11, Pontardawe (Class 2)


Press

Living the dream
South Wales Evening Post, 28 March 2015

Cats review
Evening Post, 14 April 2014

Sleeping Beauty Review
Evening Post, 17 December 2012

Youngsters a real class act
South Wales Evening Post, 13 July 2012

Barricades up - now to bring down the house!
Evening Post, 20 June 2012

Audience to see double as twins keep it in the family
South Wales Evening Post, 22 May 2012

The Tempest - Review
Evening Post, 31 March 2012

Josh lands Role in Stella
Evening Post, 13 January 2012

Dwarfs dig out a little panto research at mine
South Wales Evening Post, 9 December 2010

White good fun!
South Wales Guardian, 8 December 2010

Snow White takes a bow at story-telling sessions
South Wales Evening Post, 12 November 2010

Actor wins role on tour with Welsh National Opera
South Wales Evening Post, 13 October 2010

Let’s get behind our Eisteddfod
South Wales Evening Post, 24 September 2010

Time to try for part in panto
South Wales Evening Post, 8 September 2010

Engaging show impressed me
South Wales Evening Post, 8 September 2010

Become a Class Act
South Wales Evening Post, 3 September 2010

Fresh new musical is one not to miss
South Wales Evening Post, 16 July 2010

Class Act living the teen dream in 13
Western Mail, 15 July 2010

Review: Injecting fresh fizz into an old classic
Review by Graham Williams - South Wales Evening Post, 12 July 2010

Geraint in spell as Jesus
South Wales Evening Post, 9 July 2010

Cast prepares for holy roles
South Wales Evening Post, 8 July 2010

Musical extended
South Wales Evening Post, 3 July 2010

Godspell – Swansea Grand Theatre (Saturday 10th July)
Buzz Magazine, 1 July 2010

Stage show aids Haiti fund
South Wales Evening Post, 28 May 2010

CATS cast set for musical magic
South Wales Evening Post, 25 May 2010

Helping Haiti
South Wales Evening Post, 20 May 2010

Musical evening for Haiti
South Wales Evening Post, 25 April 2010

Morgan makes his mark on stage
South Wales Evening Post, 25 March 2010

Theatre firms get together
South Wales Evening Post, 19 March 2010

Appeal boosted by CATS
South Wales Evening Post, 18 March 2010

A show honours tragedy
South Wales Evening Post, 15 March 2010

Students to get top class coaching
South Wales Evening Post, 20 February 2010

Cast’s panto plans
South Wales Evening Post, 15 February 2010

Young actor lands role in hit musical
South Wales Evening Post, 12 February 2010

Fluellen present Brecht at the De Valence
Tenby Observer, 10 February 2010

Classic choice for 10th anniversary
Western Mail, 9 February 2010

Mother’s instinct tested
South Wales Evening Post, 8 February 2010

They’re all class acts!
South Wales Evening Post, 25 January 2010

Young actors cut teeth in winning show
South Wales Evening Post, 20 January 2010

Plenty of fairy dust from energetic cast
Review by Evan Frank - South Wales Evening Post, 20 December 2009

The show’s going on as CATS enjoy panto run
South Wales Evening Post, 19 December 2009

A twist to a classic tale
South Wales Evening Post, 18 December 2009

Have a ball with panto
South Wales Evening Post, 17 December 2009

Star takes on role in panto
Herald of Wales, 17 December 2009

Teen musician drumming up panto support
Llanelli Star, 20 November 2009

Dylan beats the drum for big panto show
South Wales Evening Post, 19 November 2009

Young city stars in Christmas TV special
South Wales Evening Post, 18 November 2009

Review: High School Musical 2
8 July 2009

Review: Magnificent Myths of the Mabinogi
17 April 2009

Review: Sleeping Beauty
Graham Williams - South Wales Evening Post, 17 December 2008

Updated: 31 March 2015

Well done to everyone involved in'Once Upon a Musical' @ Pontardawe Arts Centre - March 26th-28th. You were all amazing!


Updated: 9 March 2015

Class Act Theatre School teaches children and young people the performance skills involved in drama and theatre arts.

The CATS ethos is based on quality, fun, innovation, inclusiveness and strong ensemble performances.

Overseen by well respected founder and principal Jill Williams, it is one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in South Wales.

CATS performs regularly at theatres across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. Students aged from seven to their early 20s take part in shows of a reputably high standard.

Great productions have included Les Miserables, Oliver!, High School Musical 2 and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The South Wales Evening Post said of one recent production: “The large cast’s joie de vivre reflected a powerful team ethic.”

CATS has powerful links with professional theatre companies, agencies and venues.

Come and try us… we think you’ll love it!

Renewal Information 2015

Class Act Theatre School – Renewal Information
19 Pwll Du Lane, Bishopston, Swansea SA3 3HA
07967 133463
www.classacttheatre.co.uk jillwilliams.cats@yahoo.co.uk

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Classes for the new term will resume on Wednesday April 15th (Cockett), Thurs April 16th, (West X) and Sat April 18th (Pontardawe). You may return the post dated payment and renewal slip to me in class before the end of term in a clearly marked envelope, or alternatively post to my home address above to reach me by March 28th in order to guarantee the place. Could you also kindly advise me if your child does not wish to renew.

Fees remain at £75.00 per child.
Cheques to be dated April 10th, 2015 and made payable to Jill Williams.

Dates for your diary:
The last class of the Term for Cockett is 18th March and West Cross 19th March. (Pontardawe 2 and Youth Theatre do have their show on March 26th to 28th at Pontardawe Art Centre. Please support the company if you can).
Rehearsal weekends and Show Dates:
Pontardawe Youth Theatre ; Yerma by Lorca Saturday June 13th
Swansea Cats Rehearsal weekend @ Margam 24th-26th April. Dress Rehearsals and show dates start on July 13th and run all week including Saturday July 18th..
Summer School – Pontardawe Art Centre August 3rd -5th 2015

Please check our web site – www.classacttheatre.co.uk for all updated information.
Thank you and have a very Happy Easter,

Jill

Show Dates for 2015

Pontardawe School will perform during the week of March 21st -29th at Pontardawe Arts Centre. Show rehearsal weekend will take place at The Art Centre from 23rd-25th January.

West Cross and Cockett Schools will perform at the Taliesin Theatre from 13th-18th July. Margam rehearsal weekend for the older students will be over the 24th-26th April.

Please keep the two weekends before both these shows free for rehearsals.

For information on classes at The Gwyn Hall in Neath on Saturdays please call KAYTE on 07896554573

Child Protection Policy


Introduction
Class Act Theatre School have a moral and legal obligation to ensure that, when given responsibility for children all staff, chaperones, parents/legal guardians and volunteers accept their responsibilities to safeguard children from harm and abuse. This means to ensure that everyone follow procedures to protect children and report any concerns about their welfare to appropriate authorities.

There are three elements to our policy:-

• Prevention through awareness of each individual child’s needs.
• Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect
• Procedures for identifying and reporting cases or suspected cases, of abuse.

The aim of the policy is to promote good practice, providing children and young people with appropriate safety/protection whilst in the care of Class Act Theatre School and to allow staff and volunteers to make informed and confident responses to specific child protection issues.

Prevention
We recognise that the “entertainment industry” can be a very “adult” environment and we expect that all staff, chaperones, parents/legal guardians, volunteers and anyone else who comes into contact with children behave in an appropriate manner at all times, and remember that “The Welfare of the Child is Paramount”.

Class Act Theatre School will therefore:-

• Act within the Children’s Act 1989 & 2004

• Act within The Children’s (Performance) Regulations 1968 (and amendments)

• Establish and maintain an ethos where children feel welcome and familiar with their environment and are informed of personal (toilets, dressing rooms etc) and emergency arrangements (fire exits, meeting points etc) and any Health and Safety Procedures (Dangerous equipment, First aid etc)

• Inform each child who the appropriate person or people are to speak to if they have any questions, problems or concerns.

• Ensure that all children are treated with respect and dignity and are treated as individuals and offered equality of opportunities.

• Always work in an open environment (e.g. avoiding private or unobserved situations and unnecessary physical contact with children) and involve/allow parents/chaperones wherever possible, to take responsibility for the child/children they are responsible for. (parents must only have responsibility for their own child)

• Recognising the individual needs of the child. eg recognising when a child may be tired and may need a break.

• Ensure that children are supervised appropriately.

• Ensure that all Chaperones are registered with the local authority in which they reside and have an enhanced CRB check.

• Ensure all crew and staff coming into close contact with a child are CRB checked.

• Ensure that all staff and crew who don’t necessarily have close contact with children but who are assisting in the production are aware of their conduct around children.
Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect
A child is abused or neglected when somebody inflicts harm, or fails to act to prevent harm. A child or young person up to the age of 18 years can suffer abuse or neglect and require protection.

• Physical Abuse - May involve hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding, drowning or suffocating or otherwise causing physical harm to a child.

Physical harm may also be caused when a parent or carer fabricates or induces illness in a child whom they are looking after.

• Sexual Abuse - Forcing or enticing a child/young person to take part in sexual activities, whether or not they are aware of what is happening, may involve: physical contact, including penetrative or non-penetrative acts;
non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of pornographic material or watching sexual activities; or
encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways.

• Neglect - Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s basic physical and/or psychological needs, likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. It may involve a parent or carer failing to provide adequate food, shelter and clothing, failing to protect a child from physical harm or danger, or the failure to ensure access to appropriate care or treatment. It may also include neglect of, or unresponsiveness to, a child’s basic emotional needs.

• Emotional Abuse - The persistent emotional ill-treatment of a child such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on the child’s emotional and behavioural development. It may involve conveying to the child that they are worthless or unloved, inadequate, or valued only in so far as they meet the needs of another person. It may feature age and developmentally inappropriate expectations being imposed on children. It may involve causing children to feel frightened or in danger, for example witnessing domestic abuse within the home or being bullied, or the exploitation or corruption of children.

Some level of emotional abuse is involved in all types of ill treatment of a child, though it may occur alone

Legislation, Policy and Guidance

Class Act Theatre School will adhere to the relevant legislation when working with
children and young people under the age of 18 years as outlined in the following:

• Children Act 1989
• Children Act 2004
• Safeguarding Children: Working Together under the Children Act 2004 (WAG, 2006)
• All Wales Child Protection Procedures (2008)

Suspicion of Abuse
• If you see or suspect abuse of a child, immediately make this known to the designated individual/manager responsible for child protection.

Disclosure of Abuse
If a child tells you that they or another child or young person is being abused:-

• Always stop and listen straight away, show that you take their allegations seriously.
• Encourage the child to talk, but do not ask leading questions, interrupt or ask the child to repeat itself.
• Never promise that you will keep what is said confidential or secret – explain that if you are told something of concern that you will need to let someone know but that you will only tell the people who need to know and can help.
• Record what you have been told accurately and as soon as possible. Use the child‘s own words. Make a note of the time, location, whether any one else present and of the Child’s demeanour.
• Ensure that your concerns are reported immediately to the designated individual/manager
• Do not confront the alleged abuser.

Handling Allegations

• If a child makes an allegation against a member of staff it must be reported as a matter of urgency to the designated manager/individual for child protection who will refer to Social Services department for Children’s Services. If the allegation is against the designated person then the information should be reported to another senior manager or directly to Social Services department for Children’s Services. (This would generally be referred to the authority in which the alleged incident took place).
• The alleged perpetrator should not be made aware of the allegation at this point.

Recording
• In all situations the details of allegation or reported incident must be recorded. Make accurate notes of time, dates, incident or disclosure, people involved, what was said and done and by whom, action taken to investigate, further action taken e.g. suspension of individual and if relevant: reasons why the matter was not referred to a statutory agency, name of person reporting and to whom it was reported

The record must be stored securely and shared only with those who need to know.

• DO NOT worry that you might be mistaken; you have a responsibility to pass on your concerns following a disclosure. Never think abuse is impossible, or that an accusation about a person you know well and trust is bound to be wrong.


IT IS YOUR DUTY TO REFER CONCERNS ON, NOT TO INVESTIGATE



The Designated Individuals/Managers for child protection and safeguarding


Name Jill Williams


Position in company Principal



Contact details ___19 Pwll Du Lane Bishopston SA3 3HA
Jillwilliams.cats@yahoo.co.uk

01792 863767/07967133463






The Designated Individuals/Managers for child protection and safeguarding


Name Kayte Walsh


Position in company _Assistant Teacher



Contact details 31, Giants Grave Rd, Briton Ferry, Neath

01639 681465/07896554573



Our Next Show:


Upcoming Productions

Spring Showcase

One Night Up the West End
15 - 19 July 2015 at Taliesin Theatre

Recent Productions

Spring Showcase

Once Upon a Musical
26 - 29 March 2015 at Pontardawe Arts Centre

Spring Showcase

Cats
11 - 14 April 2014 at Pontardawe Arts Centre


Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsal Schedule for our July Review/Celebration show: One Night Up the West End
Rehearsals for the Company will take place during our regular class times so 100% attendance each week is vital please. Those of you sitting external exams, however, know that if you have an exam that week, you focus on revision!
The company will be told which Cast they are in very soon. Cockett 3 and those in West Cross who are in Year 10 and above, will be in both casts.

Cast 1 will perform on Wed 15th and Friday 17th July and Cast 2 on Thurs 16th and Sat 18th July.

Margam Residential Weekend for Cockett 2, 3 and West Cross 2 is on April Friday 24th -26th 2015

On April 29th Cockett and April 30th West Cross - Costumes brought to each class on these dates. Costume information will follow shortly.

Additional Rehearsal Times
Sunday June 21st Cockett Community Centre 9.45-1pm Cast 1 / 1.30-5pm Cast 2
Sunday July 5th Cockett Community Centre 9.45-1pm Cast 1 / 1.30-5pm Cast 2
Wednesday July 8th @ Cockett 2, 3 and West Cross 2 (only) 5-9pm
Thursday July 9th @ St Davids School 4-6pm All Cast 1/ 6-8pm All Cast 2
Sunday July 12th Cockett Community Centre 9.45-1pm All Cast 1 / 1.30-5pm All Cast 2

All the following dates are at the Taliesin Theatre (where our Show takes place)
Mon July 13th 4pm-9.30pm Cast 1 Tec/Dress Rehearsal
Tues July 14th 4-9.30pm Cast 2 Tec/Dress Rehearsal
Wed July 15th 4-6.30 – Cast 1 Tec Rehearsal and 7.15pm Opening Performance Cast 1
Thurs July 16th 4-6.30 – Cast 2 Tec Rehearsal and 7.15pm Opening Performance Cast 2
Friday July 17th Arrive 5.30pm – Cast 1 Performance @ 7.15pm
Sat July 18th Arrive 12pm – Cast 2 Performance @ 2pm and 7.15pm

We kindly request that all mums make themselves available to help at the Taliesin on 2 occasions please. This can be at the rehearsals or during the shows. Please bare this in mind when booking tickets. Tickets will be available from Georgina on our new ticket number Hot line!!! 07565544533 from May 1st or you can also request tickets on our web site www.classacttheatre.co.uk or through Georgina’s email: georgina.a.scannell@hotmail.co.uk – also from May 1st.
If you have ANY questions please do not hesitate to contact me via email jillwilliams.cats@yahoo.co.uk or on 07967133463. Thank you, Jill