About Us

louiseTake Part… in the Art is a creative, inclusive, quality educational theatre resource and registered charity; contributing to the personal and social development of people in New Mills and surrounding areas.Take Part provide a wide range of drama and theatre related workshops (acting, improvisation, singing, dancing, character building and well-being) for young people, and opportunities to perform in theatre productions, take qualifications and work towards awards.Take Part support local schools by delivering teacher training and drama activities to promote social skills and well-being both in and out of school time, and undertake partnership projects with community groups and other agencies who wish to use drama as a medium for learning.

Take Part is committed to safeguarding children. All Take Part staff hold an enhanced DBS certificate. (Criminal Records Bureau ‘CRB’ checks are now called Disclosure and Barring Service ‘DBS’ checks). All activities will be delivered in a safe and welcoming environment by fully trained staff. Everyone is treated with respect and fairness and we aim to ensure that our services are accessible to all.

For generations LAMDA was renowned for it’s individual Acting examinations however the group exams have a multitude of benefits that cannot and should not be overlooked. They allow every child to shine, every child to play to their strengths and use their individual vocal and dramatic talents within the group piece. They are marked as a group. This is fundamental……..the success of any project is always a team effort and not individual performances. The Olympic cyclists and rowers and athletes pull together as a team and medals are won for Great Britain as a whole. Yes individual performances stand out but it is how the team works together that counts. It is the same on the West End stage. A review is written about the entire cast, the group together, this is theatre! TRUE theatre. There will be individual star performances but it is a group, team, effort that attracts success. That involves not just the performers but the entire technical team and production teams too!

If you are going to follow a career on the stage you very rarely work ALONE – infact you don’t. Even as a one man/woman show you work with others in the theatre; the director, the stage manager, the crew! Sometimes things go wrong and it is how the team works together that enables the show to go on.

At Take Part we are committed to building fundamental life skills in children and young people. Techniques and behaviours that will set children up for life; of course this is inbuilt into singing, dancing and drama lessons in the most fun and highly structured way possible! However, all of these skills are easily transferred into life in general and a career path into the arts!

We all have to work as part of a team within our job roles in later life and learning to work as part of a cast in a piece of Musical Theatre for a group examination really does teach the fundamental life skills of teamwork and playing to your strengths, being reliable and supporting each other.