FANCY yourself as a future star of the stage?

The first steps towards fulfilling your dream could be closer than you think with Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training’s free week-long workshop.

The busy programme is for 14 to 25 year olds and includes masterclasses and activities held by key players from some of the West End’s most popular shows.

It culminates in a show at The Old Market next Saturday featuring all of the workshop’s participants.

The week acts as a sample of BRICTT’s longer programmes of study – a fully-funded two-year diploma course in performing arts at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy and a three-year BA course at Bird Studios in Brighton.

Tutors at the workshop include television and film actor Cameron Jack as well as West End veterans James Gilliam, most recently seen in Wicked, Jordan Lee from Les Miserables and Danielle Steers from Bat Out of Hell.

Project organiser Emma Edwards has acted in a number of high-profile shows including Phantom of the Opera, meaning she only had to open her contact book to find well-qualified teachers.

BRICTT’s creative director Mia Bird has also worked in the West End.

Emma said: “We just rung up old friends who were more than happy to come down.

“They’re all very excited to come and work with the talent in Brighton.

“People are really happy to give their time to help the arts – they know they’ll get a lot out of it.”

The workshop is split into two age groups, 14 to 17 and 18 to 25, and participants will be trained in acting, dancing and singing. Activities will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm every day.

Emma said that BRICTT welcome young people who have never performed before.

“I would definitely say to everyone that they should come and try it out.

“You’ll have a fantastic time and meet a lot of new people – but it will be very busy.

“There’s always a bit of anxiety from people before they come to the course but by the end everyone leaves really happy.”

Emma added that splitting the age groups meant the younger participants didn’t get intimated working with older members.

She added: “We will be bringing them together for a couple of big numbers in the show, though.”

BRICCT is based on New England Road in Brighton.

If you wish to apply for the workshop email: