Confidence Starts Here

An innovative academy

The Place To Learn Acting, Singing & Dancing



Academy of



helping youngsters develop confidence & life skills

through the experience of the performing arts

The Children's Academy of Stage Training is an independent theatre school where 4 to 18 year olds boost their self confidence and life skills through performing arts. Our sessions run along side regular school terms and outside schooling hours, and a week long Summer School. We offer confidence and skill building tuition in performing arts and stage craft, that culminates in a full, onstage performance in a professional  theatre.

We pride ourselves on our high standard of work, inspiring confidence in all our pupils and nurturing their talents. With the emphasis on enjoyment our training programme develops the whole person, helping youngsters to tune their communication skills and challenge their imagination while achieving an understanding and full appreciation of the performing arts.


Have fun looking around our web site and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Andrea Lewis Jarvis. Principal.

Our programme provides opportunities for youngsters to explore a vast range of stage techniques and genres - musical theatre, jazz and modern dance, improvisation, devising, melodrama, popular singing styles, characterisation, accents, comedy, physical theatre, stage combat and much more.

At the end of each term there is a Cast showcase performance for friends and family, bringing together the skills learnt each term and providing an opportunity for our pupils to gain not only performing experience but also a sense of achievement and self-assurance.

So whether you are destined for a career in the performing arts, want to learn new skills and techniques or just want to make new friends in a fun and friendly environment then The CAST is the place to start.

Andrea & Jamie


Andrea and Jamie have worked extensively within the world of the Performing arts. Together they have over 30 years experience of the industry. Andrea as lead singer of The Darling Buds indie band and Jamie as an actor in TV, Film & Theatre.

Andrea’s career launched with The Darling Buds when she was 18. The band signed to major label SONY releasing 3 albums. She toured internationally and appeared on numerous TV programmes most notably Top of The pops. Andrea also presented for Radio and TV, she later went on to study Drama and Education at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

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Jamie trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where he won an Olivier Award in 1997.

On leaving drama school he secured a leading part on the BBC’s Flagship Drama Eastenders as TROY HARVEY.  He has appeared in many TV, Theatre and Film projects including national and international television adverts over the last 17 years.

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  • Click for Andrea's CV

    B.A. Hons. Degree - Acting. CSSD London.

    Degree in Drama and Education.

    Lead Singer and Song Writer ‘The Darling Buds’ 5 top 40 singles, 3 albums, Pop Said. (Sony /Epic) Crawdaddy (Sony/Epic) Erotica (Sony/Epic) Extensive European & USA tours. Pop Said was re-released with Cherryred Records in 2006.

    Currently enjoying a resurgence of The Darling Buds, with 2015 gigs and festivals in New York, Spain and throughout the UK, with more gigs lined up in 2016.

    Live appearances and interviews-Top of the Pops, Going Live, American TV and radio.

    Filmed 11 music videos with The Darling Buds having extensive press interviews and photo shoots.

    Extensive recording studio and production experience.

    Film role include:-

    Life in the Bus Lane. Director Justin Kerrigan.

    Outlaw. Director Nick Love.

    Theatre roles include:-

    With Elan, Wales - Raw Women and Cooked Men.

    Sarajevo Steel. O et Nous. The Tidefields.

    Jason and the Argonauts. Minack Theatre, Cornwall.

    Is there anybody there? Camden Greek Theatre, London.


    The Slate. Presenter for BBC TV Wales.

    The Weekenders. Presenter for BBC Radio Wales.

    Teaching Experience:-

    Teaching drama to children in schools, theatre schools and  community drama clubs.

    Directed, coached and ran workshops in London

    Directed, coached and ran workshops in South Wales,

    Directed, coached and ran drama projects with refugee children in Azerbaijan.

  • Click for Jamie's CV

    B.A. Hons. Degree -Acting. CSSD London.

    Classically trained actor.

    Laurence Olivier Award.

    Theatre roles include ;-

    The Dark Tower. Soak. National Theatre, London.

    My Hearts a Suitcase. Pest Union Theatre, London.

    King Lear. Edmund. Embassy Theatre, London.

    Jungle of the Cities. G. Garga. Embassy Theatre, London.

    Don Juan. Don Juan. Embassy Theatre, London.

    Macbeth. Donalbain. Embassy Theatre, London.

    Winters Tale. Camillo. Embassy Theatre, London.

    Springs Awakening. Hanschen. Jack Theatre, London.

    Film roles include:-

    The Invitation. Director James Erskine.

    Sorted.Director Simon Cracknell.

    Outlaw.Director Nick Love.

    TV roles include:-

    Sherlock. Surgeon. BBC Drama.

    Child in the Forest. BBC Period Drama.

    Holby City. Craig Warner. BBC Drama.

    The Bill. Sam. ITV Drama.

    Doctors. P.C. Jarrett. BBC Drama.

    Eastenders. Troy Harvey. BBC Drama.

    Casualty. Laurie Cobbs. BBC Drama.

    National and International TV Commercials:-

    BMW (Spain), Wranglers (UK), Guardian Newspaper (UK),

    Marmite (UK), Tele 2’ (Europe), Jamba gaming station (UK), Playstation “Wild 9” (UK & Europe) Sultana (Holland), V05 Hair product (Holland), Samo Ident (Bravo)

    Yole Supermarket (Switzerland).

    Voice Overs include:-

    Territorial Army, Cadbury’s Crunch, Sky Sports World Cup, ASDA (All UK) Kiefer Sutherland’s “24” (UK & USA).


Recent Work

Andrea has been saving Pop....again. Demand for her and the Darling Buds to get back on the road and tour is strong, stopping off at festivals in New York, Spain, as well as gigs throughout the UK, with more appearances lined up for 2016, celebrating 30 years!!!! of bringing charm, music and flower to the people.

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Jamie meanwhile has been saving Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch). The most prestigious thinking persons' drama on TV, Jamie played the surgeon who saves his life in "His Last Vow", from the third series of the BBC Television series Sherlock, which follows the modern-day adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

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