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Poole | Ferndown | Christchurch

Our NEW show '2020 Vision' will be on the 2nd/3rd and 4th July.

As you know by now, we have unfortunately been dealt another blow at this late stage and had to change the venue of the show.  We are determined that our wonderful show will go ahead so please see the details below of the new venue.  

Timings will remain exactly the same as before, only the venue has changed.  

Your tickets to watch the show remain valid for exactly the same day and time.  

***NEW VENUE​​​***



Allendale Community Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne Minster BH21 1AS

The car park is a pay and display public car park and there

is a LOVELY café to grab a tea/coffee (or something stronger)

whilst you wait for the show.


Fri Eve - Poole group 'Oh Yes' - arrive 5pm show at 7.30pm
Sat Morn - Poole Group ‘Chaos Is Good' - arrive 10 am show at 12.30pm
Sat Afternoon - Ferndown group arrive 2 show at 4pm
Sat Eve - Christchurch group arrive at 5.30 show at 7.30
Sunday Afternoon - Poole Group ‘Oh No’ arrive 12pm show at 2pm



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 works with choreographer & actor Carl Christopher, Actor Jack Dunford, Musical Theatre graduate Iszy Bardsley and former Theatre Manager of the Regent Centre, Barrington Theatre (and Jo's husband) Rupert Barrington. She is very well connected in the Creative and Education Industries and has visiting lecturers support classes regularly. Most recently a former Phantom! 

Together they run The Academy.

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

Your Career Starts Now

We are pleased to be continuing our relationship with The College on a Saturday morning. As you know we have a strong relationship with the Performing Arts Dept. for more information about their courses please click here!

Male Singer

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.

Break Dancer in Pink
Actress on a Stage

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.



  Past Shows  

Back to the eighties
Back to the eighties

A wonderful 'juke box Musical' about life and love in the 80's.


The older and younger students worked incredibly well together for this classic musical

We Will Rock You
We Will Rock You

Absolute storming musical!

Seven Seas Festival
Seven Seas Festival

The Academy students opened the seven seas festival in Poole in 2017

Seven Seas Festival
Seven Seas Festival

Another image taken from a really fun day

Jellicoe Festival
Jellicoe Festival

We were invited to perform at The Jelliceo Festival in 2017 too

We Will Rock You - Kashogi
We Will Rock You - Kashogi

Adam - who now helps at SCAPA, working the stage (and feather duster)


We cover lots of different dance styles here at The Academy

Jellicoe Theatre
Jellicoe Theatre

the children LOVE working in a real theatre and get a real feel for a professional atmosphere


Tel: 07525 040296