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Performing Arts Education

Welcome to LAF - the Lyttelton Arts Factory - performing arts education programme.

Why the Lyttelton Arts Factory?
A factory creates stuff.  We want to create performance.  We do not want to separate the arts but integrate them into all elements of performance.  LAF is a space where theatre, dance, music and circus can all happen.

Our performance education programme strives to develop skills in the areas of acting, voice, music & movement and apply these skills in projects and productions throughout the year.

The arts are a powerful form of expression that recognize, value, and contribute to the unique bicultural and multifultural character of Aotearoa New Zealand, enriching the lives of all New Zealanders” is the opening statement in regards to The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum. Mike Friend and the Loons bring a special dimension to both Lyttelton and to our school with the role they play in making drama live for our children. We value our partnership and look forward to it’s continued growth.

- Diana Feary, Ex-Principal Tumuaki Lyttelton Primary School

Click here to find out more about our current programmes and course tutors:


LAF Drama classes

Lyttelton Arts Factory LAF is offering theatre classes every Wednesday.
The purpose of these vocational workshops is to teach the students to perform. In November each class will perform in a fully equipped theatre (no performance for the Beginners class).
This is a unique opportunity to be taught by the professional director and teacher Mike Friend in the art of performance.

Beginner, Junior, Intermediate, Senior & Adult classes:
LAF currently offers caters to four school age ranges : Year 3 & 4 (Beginner); Year 5 & 6 (Junior); Year 7 & 8 (Intermediate); and Years 9 - 13 (Senior).  In addition we offer an Adults course for anyone over 18 who wishes to further develop (or even find) their performance craft.

These courses stretch the students physically, emotionally, intellectually and creatively preparing them to meet the highest demands of the profession. The course is adapted to each age range and ability level and develops a high level of performance individuality and imagination.


$120 per term
  • Wednesdays 3:10pm - 3:50pm
  • for Year 3 & 4 students
  • Term 3 2017: 26 Jul - 27 Sep (10 weeks)


$140 per term
  • Wednesdays 4:00pm - 4:50pm
  • for Year 5 & 6 students
  • Term 3 2017: 26 Jul - 27 Sep (10 Weeks)


$140 per term
  • Wednesdays 5:00pm - 5:50pm
  • for Year 7 & 8 students
  • Term 3 2017: 26 Jul - 27 Sep (10 weeks)


$140 per term
  • Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • for Year 9 -13 students
  • Term 3 2017: 26 Jul - 27 Sep (10 weeks)


$150 per term
  • Wednesdays 7:45pm - 9:00pm
  • For ages 18 and over
  • Term 3 2017: 26 Jul - 27 Sep (10 weeks)

LAF Music classes

Lyttelton Arts Factory (LAF) will be offering a wide range of music sessions every Tuesday. These classes provide a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with professional musicians with a focus on performance.


Watch this space as we add and develop out Tuesday music programme.

LAF Dance classes

We are excited to offer you hip hop classes in partnership with Zion Dance Studios, held weekly on Mondays.

Zion Studios is a community based hip hop studio with a passion for investing in our city’s young people by providing a safe place to learn and grow with a focus on hip hop dance.
They are the established dance crew at Tactix Netball home games, and are the 2015 silver medallists of the Adult section at the annual Hip Hop Unite Worlds event.

Dance Tutor: Matilda
Zion Dance Studio
Yr 3-Yr8 classes


Junior class

$90.00 per term
  • Mondays 3:10pm - 3:50pm
  • for Years 3 & 4 students
  • Term 3 2017 dates 24 Jul - 25 Sep

Intermediate class

$110.00 per term
  • Mondays 4:00pm - 4:50pm
  • for Year 5 & 6 students
  • Term 3 2017 dates 24 Jul - 25 Sep

Senior class

$110 per term
  • Mondays 5:00pm - 6:00pm
  • for Year 7 & 8 students
  • Term 3 2017 dates 24 Jul - 25 Aug