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.

Study at LAF
LAF offers you the opportunity to study in a professional theatre environment with the critically acclaimed practitioners Director Mike Friend and Musician Carmel Courtney.

At its core, Lyttelton Arts Factory is a practical expression of Mike Friend's belief that the arts should not be separated, and that theatre and the arts are for the many not the few.

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LAF Drama Classes

Monday and Wednesday's physical theatre and drama are a focus for LAF. Under the tutorship of LAF's resident director Mike Friend, and for the younger kids Anna Heffernan. Occasional guest tutors from the Lyttelton Circus Theatre Co including David Ladderman and Sophie Easton will be providing extra tutelage and guidance throughout terms and for productions.

Drama students level 4 and above will have the opportunity of performing in an end of year production.

Drama Class Year / Age group Class Time
Drama Level 1 Year 1, 2 & 3 students Mondays 3:15pm - 3:50pm
Drama Level 2 Year 4 students Mondays 4pm - 4:45pm
Drama Level 3 Year 5 & 6 Students Wednesdays 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Drama Level 4 Year 7 & 8 Students Wednesdays 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Drama Level 5 Year 9 Students Wednesdays 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Drama Level 6 Year 10- & 11 Students Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Drama Level 7 Year 12 & 13 and Young Adults Mondays 6:30pm - 7:45pm
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LAF Music classes

Every Tuesday during school term LAF Music provides the opportunity for students with existing instrument skills to create a band with other students of similar skill level.  Students will learn about different styles of music and different instruments and how to play in ensembles and bands.
This is a unique opportunity to be taught musicianship and performance skills in a professional venue.
Students will also perform in an end-of-year production, along with the chance throughout the year to play live gigs at public venues under the mentorship of Carmel Courtney.
Music Class Skill/Age Group Class Time
Beginner Band 1 Basic Instrument skills / Years 6 - 8 Tuesdays 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Beginner Band 2 Basic Instrument skills / Years 6 - 8 Tuesdays 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Intermediate Band Basic / Intermediate Instrument skills / Years 8 - 10 Tuesdays 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Senior Band Intermediate Instrument skiills / Year 9 - 12 Tuesdays 6:15pm - 7:30pm
Adult Workshops Open / Wk1: Guitar&Vocals Wk2: Drums&Bass Wk3: Keys Wk4: Band Tuesdays 7:30pm - 8:30pm
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LAF Dance classes

LAF is currently not offering any Dance Classes this term.

Dance Class Year / Age Group Class Time
No classes this term
No classes this term
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