ROS StageWorks Summer School

A performing experience for ages 7 to 17…

StageWorks runs at Douay Martyrs School, Edinburgh Drive, Ickenham…


The theatre workshop for young people


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

Act – Dance – Sing

Meeting every Saturday morning, including half term dates, the current term ends on March 28th.
Contact Angela Evans on 07971 054892 or
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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 Douay Martyrs School, Edinburgh Drive, Ickenham. 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 2023

  • 18 Jul         Term Dates 2020
  • 04 Jul         Autumn Term dates
  • 23 Nov         2019 Term Dates
  • 20 Aug         Workshops success
  • 16 Aug         Workshop this Saturday
  • 12 Jul         FREE Summer Workshops


18 July Term Dates 2020

These are the dates for the first two terms in 2020;


18th January to 28th March

25th April to 4th July


(As ever, no half-term break.)

04 July Autumn Term dates

The autumn 2019 term starts on 21st September and runs to 30th November.


Remember – no break for half term!

23 November 2019 Term Dates

The dates of our next two terms are;


12th January to 23rd March 2019

27th April to 6th July 2019


Remember – we don’t close for half term!

20 August Workshops success

Our two workshops, held on 11th and 18th August, were great fun for everyone involved. We’re delighted to say that a lot of new students signed up and we’re looking forward to welcoming them at the start of term, Saturday September 15th. But don’t worry, we still have some spaces left in the juniors group, so if you’d like to join us, get in touch and let’s have a chat…

16 August Workshop this Saturday

If you’re coming to the workshop on Saturday, 18th August, come to the Edinburgh Drive site for Douay Martyrs School (the postcode is UB10 8QY). The workshop will start at 10am, so we’d advise you to get there a little earlier than that, so you can have a chat with one of our team members and ask anything you like.

12 July FREE Summer Workshops

We’re running two FREE Saturday morning taster sessions – on 11th and 18th August – for anyone aged 7 to 17 who’d like to see what ROS StageWorks is all about. Running at Douay Martyr’s School, Ickenham, the sessions run from 10am to midday. Call Malcolm on 07775 603060 to book your place.

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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

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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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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: 07971 054892

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