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Update from Jo:


Hello Everyone


We hope this finds you well? We are missing all our fabulous students- especially their smiling faces and senses of humour!


Its hard to have a plan in these unprecedented times but we took the decision to not try and operate classes online, as some schools have done- as my experience shows it to be very problematic unless on a 1:1 basis. We decided to formulate the private Facebook page in order for us to stay in touch- so please keep us posted of your antics or if you have any suggestions for games or activities please let us know.


The hardest thing about all this is - We KNOW how much the friendships formed at SCAPA mean to each and everyone of our students, and we want to ensure every young person still feels connected to our little performing arts family. Please let us know of anything we can do- or you would like us to do over this time.


FUTURE PLANS- I am looking at various options for our return. If we are allowed to congregate by summer we will run a summer programme and performance. If we are prolonged further we will resume in September and work towards a Christmas show.


We miss you all, so much.


Kind regards

Jo Barrington

Artistic Director

South Coast Academy of Performing Arts

SCAPA dates and info letter

Click here for Spring term dates (hopefully)



As the former Head of Performing Arts at The College, Jo had the privilege of nurturing the careers of 1000’s of young people - be they budding actors or young people needing a direction.
SCAPA has been developed to encourage and nurture not only the next generation of performer but most importantly, ensure that ALL young people have an opportunity to capture and develop their creative spirit in an environment that recognises their individuality. SCAPA prides itself in being a ‘fun family’ - everything we do aims to increase confidence, self-awareness, skills and communication in a supportive AFFORDABLE way.
Creative arts are slowly disappearing from the curriculum even though it is vital to society and the economy. It is our experience that performing arts can really change the lives of those who partake - in whatever form, and this is why we now dedicate our time to creating experiences for young people- whatever their ability.
Our mission is: 


Jo now works with Head of Drama at Queen Elizabeths School Alex Chester, choreographer & actor Carl Christopher, performer Lizzi Briscoe, actor Adam Payne and former Theatre Manager of the Regent Centre, Barrington Theatre (and Jo's husband) Rupert Barrington.

Together they run The Academy.

Affordable, excellent training run exclusively from theatres and dedicated spaces in the area! 

Monday Nights 17.00 - 18.30 @

The Druitt Hall in Christchurch

Saturday Mornings 9.30-12.30 @

The Jellicoe Theatre (Bournemouth and Poole College)


NEW FOR 2019 - Saturday Mornings 9.30-12.30 @

The Stourvale Centre, Southbourne

Saturday Afternoons 14.00-16.00 @

NEW VENUE The Studio @ Ferndown Village Hall

Your Career Starts Now


Jo is a professional singer, having toured with (among others) The Chuckle Brothers! She has trained with world class teachers using the Vocal Process technique for voice and singers.


At The Academy we develop dancing and movement skills around Musical Theatre from Carl, Alex and Jo.


All of our teachers have performed on a variety of stages in a variety of forms. All have acted in their time and are fully trained in order to train young people in this worthwhile medium.



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