Gap Theatre Programme

2017/18 – NOW FULL

Musical Theatre or Acting

Audition preparation

Trinity ATCL Diploma NQA Level 4

Advanced performance skills


Interested in applying for September 2018?

Please see the 2017/18 prospectus below (click the link) for full information about this year’s course.

Closing date for applications for September 2018 will be 31 August 2018.



Audition will be by invitation on receipt of your application form.  We very much look forward to receiving your application and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you require any further information.  Early application is advisable as places are strictly limited.


Big Little Theatre School has successfully trained GAP year students for the past 20 years.  The introduction of ‘GAP THEATRE’ has been a natural progression for the school, extending on the well established “Professional Development Programme” (PDP) for seniors aged 16-19 which has run for the past seven years, achieving outstanding results.

As a major centre of excellence on the South Coast, Big Little boasts a fully professional establishment, achieving exceptional standards in training and production.


A high percentage of our graduate students move on to top theatre schools in the UK and onwards into the profession. In recent years numerous graduates have secured places at Arts Education, Mountview, GSA, Rose Bruford, East 15, Central, Urdang, Bodyworks, LIPA,  Drama Centre and others.  Many are currently performing, directing and choreographing in the West End and on National and international Tours.  The School has excellent links with London’s vibrant theatre world and schools. Big Little is well acknowledged by top schools and also attracts a high calibre of directors and practitioners who visit regularly to run master-classes and direct or choreograph projects.


The GAP THEATRE course is carefully designed to cater for students aged 18–20. It is specifically for students wishing commit to a shorter but intensive training programme to prepare for entry into top drama schools or universities. Students should have a genuine ambition to work in the performing arts industry. The programme will provide advanced training in Musical Theatre and Acting.  Students will join for core elements and then further specialise by opting for certain modules. The timetable is deliberately structured so that it is also possible to take on employment, enabling students to fund themselves throughout the course.


What does the course offer?

Using the school’s excellent resources, the course offers intensive skills development, working with an excellent range of practitioners and creative staff.

Students will extend their repertoire and receive training and guidance for auditions, work together on core skills and have the opportunity to extend training through ‘options’ in Musical Theatre, Dance and Acting.  The course culminates with student recitals and a group performance opportunity.  Students will be continuously assessed by teachers and informed of their progress through regular tutorials.

GAP Theatre Programme Prospectus 2017/18


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