ROS StageWorks Summer School

A performing experience for ages 7 to 17…

Looking for affordable performing arts tuition in the Ruislip area? Get in touch…

Want to join us? Spaces available in the junior group; get in touch…

Check the News Page – in the About Us menu – for 2018’s term dates…

StageWorks runs at Douay Martyrs School, Ickenham…


The theatre workshop for young people


An introduction – for anyone aged 7 to 17 – to the performing arts.

Learn to act, sing and dance, regardless of previous experience, in a safe, supportive environment.

Meeting every Saturday morning, including half-term dates, the new term starts on April 28th.
Contact Malcolm Unwin on 020 8866 3110 or
click ‘Join Us’ below. Download some background information or our Safeguarding Policy.

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StageWorks is the theatre workshop that helps you develop your performing skills, whether you’re into acting, singing, dancing or all three. Our Saturday morning sessions are great fun and you’ll make loads of new friends along the way. And if you’re new to the wonderful world of theatre – you’re in for a treat. The bug will bite and you’ll never be the same again. What are you waiting for?

For ages 7-10 and 11 plus, whatever your ability or experience.

As part of the StageWorks family you’ll have a lot of fun working with everyone to create something special. You’ll learn about singing, dancing and acting (in groups, usually, but you can have one-to-one help too, if you like) as well as trying your hand at backstage crafts sometimes.

You don’t need to know anything about stage or performance work before you join. However, to get the most out of every session you will need lots of energy, stamina, enthusiasm and the ability to concentrate.

StageWorks was set up in 2003, to introduce young people just like you to the delights of musical theatre. We are happy to welcome students from across the London Borough of Hillingdon and further afield, for our regular Saturday sessions and for our annual Summer School too. At StageWorks, we want you to feel confident enough to try new things, develop new skills and have a lot of fun, supported by your friends and helped by experienced instructors and ROS volunteers who love being on or around the stage.

Important info for those who pay the bills and get you to the sessions; ROS StageWorks meets on Saturday mornings during term time, including half term dates, at Haydon School, Wiltshire Lane, Pinner. The junior group meets from 9.15 am to 10.45 am; the senior group from 11.15am to 12.45pm. Each term runs for a period of 11 weeks at a cost of £75, payable per term in advance.

We operate an equal opportunity policy and consider all applications, dependent on availability of places; previous experience or known skills are not essential. ROS StageWorks is a registered activity of Ruislip Operatic Society.

NEWS 2018

  • 06 Sep         2018 Term Dates
  • 09 Mar         Little Princess Trust
  • 21 Dec         2017 Term Dates
  • 20 Dec         New venue
  • 15 Nov         Next 3 Saturdays…
  • 26 Oct         New meeting place


06 September 2018 Term Dates

Term dates for 2018 are;


13th January to 24th March

28th April to 7th July

15th September to 24th November


Remember, we don’t break for half-term.

09 March Little Princess Trust

We’re very happy to spread the word about the marvellous work done by the Little Princess Trust, a charity that provides real hair wigs for children suffering with hair loss. To learn more about the trust, visit their website.

21 December 2017 Term Dates

Make some notes in your diary; the term dates for 2017 are…


Spring Term: 14 January to 25 March


Summer Term: 22 April to 1 July


Autumn Term: 16 Sept to 25 Nov

20 December New venue

When term starts on Saturday, January 14th 2017, we’ll be meeting at our new venue;


Douay Martyrs School, Edinburgh Drive, Ickenham, UB10 8QY


Look out for the ROS StageWorks banners and flags!

15 November Next 3 Saturdays…

Just to remind everyone that we’ll be meeting at the Winston Churchill Theatre for the next two Saturdays – November 19th & 26th – but our final session this term, on Saturday December 3rd, will take place at Eastcote Methodist Church, Pamela Gardens, Eastcote HA5 2QU.

26 October New meeting place

Saturday 29th October sees our final sessions at Haydon School. After that we will be meeting at the Winston Churchill Theatre, Pinn Way, Ruislip for a few weeks. Plenty of parking, lots of space and many of our students (and parents) will know the venue very well from Summer Schools and ROS shows.

Join Us

The workshops are divided into 2 groups, Juniors (7-11) and Seniors (12-17).

Juniors meet from 9.15 am to 10.45 am;
Seniors from 11.15am to 12.45pm.

Regular end-of-term performances give the students a chance to show what they can do.

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2016 / 2017 Requirements

For workshops, all students will need:

  • StageWorks T-shirt (£10)
  • Suitable dance footwear (discounted shoes available)
  • A folder for scripts and music
  • Bottle of water

Membership of ROS StageWorks costs £75 per term. Download a copy of our Terms & Conditions here Terms&Conds_OCT_2014

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ROS StageWorks Committee

This group looks after StageWorks’ affairs and meets regularly through the year.

Malcolm Unwin – Chairman
Les Dearlove – Artistic Director
Heather Darby – Members’ Secretary
Oliver Spinks – Treasurer
Ali Coe – Registrar
Jackie Quaif – Coaching Team Representative
Ali Summerfield – Staff Manager
Angela Evans – Tuck Shop/Merchandise
TBA – Student Member
Sarah Stanton – CPO

Our trained chaperones
All students must be chaperoned during their activities with ROS including StageWorks meetings and events. Chaperoning is a rewarding activity for anyone who can give up a little of their time to watch over the students. Other helpers man the tuck shop and make tea for the volunteers.

Have they been checked?
All chaperones are required to have an up to date DBS disclosure. The society will make all necessary arrangements if a volunteer does not have the required disclosure.

Would you like to help?
If  you would like to volunteer your services or learn more please click below.



The National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) was founded in 1899 ‘to protect and advance the interests of Operatic and Dramatic Art, and of Societies engaged therein’. ROS is an active and enthusiastic member, one of 2,500 amateur societies and 3,000 individual members throughout the UK.

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The aims are…

• To give a shared voice to the amateur theatre sector

• To help amateur societies and individuals achieve the highest standards of best practice and performance

• To provide leadership and advice to enable the amateur theatre sector to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century

ROS StageWorks thanks the following sponsors, for their support…

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  • Acting
  • Singing
  • Dancing
  • Performing
  • Craft


Students are introduced to the art of acting through a variety of fun activities, including improvisation and the rehearsal of short scenes from well-loved shows.

Senior students often work on putting together dramatic scenes they’ve written themselves.

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Students learn to sing out confidently – in large and small groups – and have the opportunity to sing solo if they wish.

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Dancing is a key element of performance, encouraging movement, building strength and helping to boost confidence.

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Performance is about singing, acting and dancing with confidence, a vital attribute in all aspects of life, not just on stage.

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It takes a lot of work to stage any production – a huge team effort. We run occasional craft sessions, where students make props or items of scenery for the end of term showcase production. It’s a chance to see some of the things that happen behind the scenes to support the performers on stage.

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ROS / ROS StageWorks Summer School

Bringing you all the excitement of musical theatre

Enjoy all the social and performing aspects of a really friendly society that is based in Ruislip but attracts interest from all over London.

We meet every Thursday at St. Martin’s Church Hall, Ruislip. Click below to visit our site.


Summer School for young people

ROS StageWorks Summer School ran from 2006 to 2016 and gave young performers the chance to take part in a specially adapted (junior) version of a well known musical, after a week of rehearsals and workshops.

Stageworks Summer School

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How to contact us

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T: 020 8866 3110

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