Edinburgh arts academy encourages younger male performers to interrupt a leg


A LEADING efficiency college has introduced a pioneering plan to draw extra male expertise to the trade via an revolutionary programme of free theatre schooling.

The Capital-based MGA Academy of Performing Arts has launched its inaugural Lads’ Week coaching initiative in a bid to encourage extra younger males to contemplate pursuing skilled careers on the stage.

Around 70 youngsters from across the UK are expected to take part in the courses

Round 70 kids from throughout the UK are anticipated to participate within the programs


It’s hoped the scheme – which is able to see dozens of kids from throughout the UK participate – can cut back the stigma confronted by these pursuing careers on the stage, whereas paving the best way for the following era of performers.

Round 70 college students have signed up for a variety of lessons and workshops specializing in both appearing, dance or musical theatre with specialist coaching from MGA’s artistic director, Murray Grant.

In addition to instructing prime quality efficiency expertise, it is usually hoped the course can break down the boundaries for younger males taking their first step within the trade.

Grant, who has carried out worldwide musical theatre, opera, and cabaret productions in Los Angeles, Sydney and Vienna, stated: “After I was rising up, I used to be at all times the one boy within the dance and drama lessons I attended and it will have made such a distinction if alternatives like Lads’ Week had been obtainable then.”

“Whereas I used to be instructing choreography workshops throughout the UK lately , I used to be stunned to see that there have been nonetheless just one or two boys at every of the faculties and needed to do one thing about it.”

MGA was established in 2005 to supply a platform for aspiring performers to stay in Scotland whereas finding out at a degree equal to prestigious London faculties.

It has since grown from having simply seven college students in its first yr to a present full-time enrolment of greater than 200, attracting potential performers from throughout Europe.

Earlier graduates have included Edinburgh born Disney Channel star Thomas Doherty, who lately starred in in Catherine The Nice alongside Helen Mirren.

Others, comparable to Fergal McGoff and Ronan Burns, have starred in West Finish productions together with Guide of Mormon and The Bodyguard.

Managing director Drew Gowland stated: “Lots of the male graduates from The MGA Academy have gone on to attain nice issues.”

“Our Lads’ Week is about bringing a big group of teenage boys with the identical pursuits collectively in order that they will expertise what coaching to be knowledgeable performer is like with out having to be the one boy within the class.”