Class Act Theatre School (CATS) teaches children and young people the performance skills involved in drama, singing, movement and theatre arts. Being a CATS member, however, is more far reaching than that as ‘life skills’ including confidence building, team work and mutual respect between staff and students provides an excellent basis for our young people grow. We encourage every child in our care to achieve their very best and in doing so, develop a lasting love of Theatre.
The CATS ethos is based on quality, fun, innovation, inclusiveness, loyalty, discipline and strong ensemble performances.
Overseen by well-respected Founder Principal Jill Williams, CATS is one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in South Wales. Kayte Walsh is the Principal of Neath and Baglan CATS and Gareth Mitchell the Principal of Cockett and West Cross CATS. Jill directs the Pontardawe CATS students – but you will very often see this strong, dynamic team of three supporting each other in classes and during Production preparations. All part of the CATS team work ethic!
I feel very humbled to have been nominated for Best Male Performance at this year’s Wales Theatre Awards – and I have no doubt that without your help, guidance, support, teaching and friendship it wouldn’t have happened. From BVS to CATS ….NYTW…Uni…life! You’ve always been there and I owe you a huge debt of gratitude!’James Scannell
From the moment I stepped in to CATS I was petrified, stepping in to something new, I was shy. But then it all started, thanks to you, over the 7 years … you have taught me so so much from acting, to dancing, to near enough singing!!! You have been such an amazing friend and drama teacher.. you have helped me to make all the right choices…. Thank You!Ross Dymond
‘I will always remember my CATS roots and take the memories with me; and I’m sure I’ll be back next year – you never truly leave CATS after all’Brenna Simpson
‘Your work ethic and positive attitude has taught me so much and inspired so much confidence in me. Thank you for always believing in me even when I didn’t believe in myself’.Fiona Mclean
' I love going to CATS Neath because it's fun, we experience great opportunities and get to meet new people. I love it!'Poppy Morgan
'' CATS Neath is like a family, we laugh, learn and make life-long friends.'Maisie Lewis
' I love being part of our CATS family. We support one another on and off stage.'Josie Belle-Loyns