Boost! has been nurturing theatrical talent in the Oxford area since 2007. We focus on drama education rather than expecting every child to want to dance and sing. We are passionate about what participation in drama activities can do for young people.

We partner with schools to deliver appropriate lesson plans sensitive to the individual requirements of the children involved so that children of all ages and abilities can be engaged. We aim to deliver happy, inspired children back to relaxed parents who have gained an extra hour in their day!

Our LAMDA classes are usually individually taught lessons open to anyone aged 7 – 97!

For those who love musical theatre, there is often the opportunity to take part in one of our musical productions.

All our staff have current and fully enhanced DBS checks. Please see our Safeguarding policy.

Caroline Seed – Principal

Possessing very limited social skills in school and having a pretty rough time of it as a result, my mum signed me up for a drama club, aged 7 and finally, I found my voice.

After graduating from the Central School of Speech and Drama with a BA in Acting, I had a great time playing pantomime princesses and vampire brides in rep and handling masses of wordy dialogue performing Ibsen on the London fringe but it wasn’t long before I realised that it wasn’t for me. Apart from the fact it didn’t look like I was going to be ‘discovered’ any time soon and being a bit of a control freak, I decided I preferred to be in charge so I started directing instead. I had a wonderful time working in community theatre and directing Shakespeare in the open air so I re-trained as a LAMDA teacher and then  I had kids!

Despite discovering how wonderful children could be, thanks to the horrible playground years I approached teaching them with trepidation. Now, however, I am blown away by them every single day. Each and every child I teach has something to teach me back.

I have now taught drama to hundreds of children aged 4 – 18, directed large scale musicals with casts of both adults and children and coached students through over 90 LAMDA exams.

Quite often I find that children can still make me cry– but it’s usually in a good way!

Maria Crocker – After School and Saturday Club Leader

Maria has been a SEN Teaching Assistant for 5 years and has a passion for drama. She has qualifications from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and is currently busy getting to grips with Stanislavski for her next LAMDA Acting exam.

Running drama clubs for Boost! combines these into one and gives her what she sees as the most perfect job in the world!  Her enthusiasm for getting the best from the children, whatever their abilities, is limitless.

Piers Heyworth – LAMDA Teacher/Public Speaking

Piers was Headmaster at The Manor Preparatory School in Abingdon for 11 years. He retired from this role in December 2017 but is not a man to rest on his laurels!  He has a passion for theatre and drama and is a very talented public speaker.

After studying English Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, he taught English and Drama at Latymer Upper School (a school with a dynamic dramatic tradition, producing such stars as  Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Mel Smith). Piers wrote and directed countless musical comedies there; he has continued writing and directing throughout his career, both as teacher and Headmaster.

As Head of English at James Allen’s Girls’ School in Dulwich, he set up the school’s annual Poetry Festival, where Piers   developed a great interest in helping children develop their ability to speak aloud. He also prepared pupils for all their public speaking exams.

At The Manor he has continued teaching Drama and, encouraged by LAMDA training, has developed an even greater interest in public speaking, becoming the voice coach of his pupils as they entered the Winston Churchill Public Speaking Competition at Blenheim Palace (winning it three times );  his pupils also won the prestigious Demosthenes Speaking Competition at Bradfield College, where  his pupils were required to entertain 150 members of the audience ‘in the manner of an after-dinner speaker’, no mean feat for 11-year-olds!

We are immensely proud that Piers has chosen to join us, offering coaching for both children and adults for LAMDA exams in Speaking Verse and Prose, Reading for Performance and Speaking in Public as well as Acting. He will also be available to coach students for other public speaking challenges such as presentations in the work place and, of course, public speaking competitions.