What do we do?
Altrincham Creative Theatre School (ACTS) is a drama school for 10-18 year olds. It is run on a volunteer basis by the Course Tutors and other helpers. ACTS teaches young people about many aspects of theatre, and helps them develop performance skills of all kinds. At our centre is an annual main production, and together with entering plays into regional drama festivals we are kept busy from September to July. But we also make time for plenty of fun on the way, with activities from improvisation and (stage) fighting to street theatre.
ACT I is for 10-14 year olds and meets 1030-1230 on a Saturday morning.
ACT II is for 14-18 year olds and meets 1030-1230 on a Sunday morning.
Our Head Tutor is Valerie Harris. With fellow Tutors John Banks and Peter Ning we have over 35 years of experience between us. We have produced dozens of productions which have won numerous awards. We are all CRB checked and offer a safe and fun environment.
Valerie Harris is an accomplished director, actress and composer in her own right. A retired teacher, she taught drama and music in schools for many years. She also taught GCSE Theatre Studies at a local theatre As well as being the Head Tutor of A.C.T.S she is still active in local theatre working with adults and last directed a brand new thriller by Brian Clemens. Valerie also has experience in costume and make up.
John Banks is A.C.T.S Artistic Director. He is an actor, director and writer and has worked with junior, youth and adults for many years. John taught GCSE Theatre Studies and has experience in lighting, sound, music, set design and props. Like Valerie he continues to be active in local theatre.
Peter Ning is the A.C.T.S. Secretary. He is a project manager with previous experience in marketing and sales. Peter is active in local theatre in stage set building and in public speaking. He also stage managers our productions.