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7-17 years (Key Stage 2-5).  No prior experience necessary – it’s all about creating together and having fun!


Free trial session (Click button above to book your 1st session). 

Please note that following the trial you will be required to pay for the term in full, however please get in contact if that is not possible and we are happy to discuss alternative payment schedules. 




WEEKLY CLASSES: Thursday afternoon/evenings


Classes will be split into 2 age groups:


7-12 years4.30pm-5.30pm


12-17 years: 5.35pm-7.05pm

Fun inclusive weekly workshops to develop skills in acting, performing & making theatre. Introducing Shakespeare and performing early, building confidence and understanding, enhancing the curriculum at school. 

Perform in full Shakespeare productions & end-of term sharings! 

We will also be offering: LAMDA coaching and exam prep for those keen to gain an acting qualification, working up to grade 8 (equivalent to 30 UCAS points). 



  • Fun inclusive weekly workshops to develop skills in acting, performing & making theatre.


  • Opportunities to perform in professionally supported end-of term sharings and productions.


  • A literacy and confidence boost via our interactive introduction to Shakespeare.


  • More ‘fun factor’ to banish the fear factor!


  • Development of young people as creative artists.


  • The chance to make friends and become part of an ensemble. 

  • Access to the wider industry and ELSF’s professional company, through: the ELSF apprentice actor scheme, theatre trips, the community cast, invites to professional company’s rehearsals and more.


If you have any questions feel free to email the Ursula & Catherine here: 


The CentrE17, 1 Church Hill, Walthamstow E17 3AB: CLICK HERE FOR ADDRESS

We are launching a YOUNG COMPANY!


Ursula Early

Catherine Skinner

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Alongside the Young Company Ursula is co-artistic director of ELSF professional company, Producing all their professional Shakespeare tours and co-directing their Community Casts. 


Ursula has been a professional actress for 15 years and has an extensive TV & theatre acting CV and trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.


TV credits include: Eastenders, Doctors, The Bill, Life Begins. Theatre credits include: Please Right Back (1927), A Midsummer Nights Dream & Twelfth Night (ELSF), The Endings (Soho Theatre & Nottingham Playhouse), Powerhouse, Last Manor Standing and The Power Of Love (Pleasance Theatre), Wives As They Were Maids As They Are (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmund),, Guests (Hall For Cornwall), Master Of Mayhem (Eastern Angles), Diamond (Kings Head), The Glimmer (Bristol Old Vic Studio) and more.



Ursula is an experienced facilitator & has designed/delivered an extensive range of acting & drama workshops for theatre companies & acting courses and schools, including City Academy. She is currently on the professional development faculty of Dance Research Studio & teaches on their Professional Development Programme.

Catherine is an actor and producer. After studying Drama at Manchester University, she began her career at Birmingham Rep and since then has worked consistently in theatre, television and radio.  


Theatre credits include:  The Crucible (RSC) Forward, The Witches (Birmingham Rep, Wyndams/ATG), Switzerland 

(Hihtide), Margaret Thatcher in Little Madam by James Graham, Mirror Teeth (Finborough), Twelfth Night (Sprite). 

Television credits include:  Stonehouse (ITV), The Nevers (HBO), Trauma ((ITV), Close to the Enemy (Stephen Poliakoff), Casualty (BBC), Housewife 49 (by Victoria Wood, ITV), Henry 8.0 (with Brian Blessed), Catastrophe(Channel 4) 


As a producer: A Bite of the Big Apple, Vintage Humans (Southwark Playhouse/Equilibrium).  She has run intergenerational projects for WFBC and in Southwark.


As a facilitator/educator: She has led workshops for key stage 2-5 in schools across Birmingham and in London, including at Westminster School. 

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Feedback from some amazing young performers who have been part of ELSF's previous projects including: Apprentice Actors

& Community Cast members (Twelfth Night, Rome & Juliet & Midsummer Night's Dream)

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Apprentice Actor Feedback Caitlin Stevenson 2023
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ELSF 2022 Community Ensemble Feedback
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“Massive thank you for letting me and Bash (her baby) be a part of your production. This opportunity came at such an amazing when I’m trying to redefine who I am post baby, so to make a come back and build my confidence meant the world! Being involved in your play gave me a glimpse of who I used to be and I loved it.

I’d love to be involved next year.”


“Thank you for having me as part of the Community Cast, It was a real privilege to watch and be a part of the show. It was truly brilliant! I look forward to potentially working with you and maybe the cast again in the future.”

Our Apprentice Actors have gone on to achieve places at top London drama schools & secure agents 

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Matt Kasham

Apprentice Actor 2021

Final recalls at multiple drama schools

Foundation course offer Rose Bruford 

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Frank Alemitu Bertoletti

Apprentice Actor 2022


Signed with Nina Lee Management

Now working professionally

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Caitlin Stevenson

Apprentice Actor 2023


Now studying BA Acting at LAMDA

If you are interested in getting involved with the Young Company and any of our other young Person Schemes (community Cast, Apprentice Actor) or would like to discuss other ways we can work together, please get in touch: INFO@ELSF.UK

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