In September 2020, Platform Perform officially opens its stage doors, and to celebrate it will have a week of virtual workshops covering West End and Television shows beginning on Monday 10 August.

The workshops will see Philip Hill Pearson, Jonny Dixon, Ryan Jenkins, Jonny Labey, Ben Harris, Jodie Steele, Danni Dee and Shanaya Atkinson Jones offer a variety of classes to anyone interested in the performing arts.

Fronted by Fiona Scott (Miss Fiona, Head of Dance) and Jade Byrne (Miss Jade, Head of Drama), the pair have known each other since their time at the SLP College 15 years ago.

The academy is aimed at all ages from three-years-old upwards (ages three-five years covers Platform Poppets) and will run numerous classes, activities and even performances.

Platform Perform’s Head of Dance, Miss Fiona said: “It’s taken us a few years to do this, but we’re finally here.

“The current situation (COVID-19 pandemic) gave us the chance to sit down and talk through this all properly. With so much uncertainty at the moment we wanted to show that there’s something good coming out of all of this, for all of us.”

An experienced duo, Miss Fiona has danced across the globe, travelling to Tenerife in Spain, Goa in India, and spent time in both choreography and cabaret during a couple of years in France. Miss Jade is a well-known actress with a number of credits to her name and she has spent the past couple of years touring and performing her own stage production ‘Pricks’.

Miss Jade, Head of Drama, added: “I do feel that now is the right time to do this. We’re able to offer something amazing, especially considering the experience Miss Fiona and I have ourselves.”

With a permanent home at The Northern Echo Arena, Darlington, Platform Perform can now focus on realising not only their dreams but the dreams of other performers across the region.

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