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Smoke & Mirrors Theatre Workshops

Smoke & Mirrors offer a wide variety of bespoke theatre and drama workshops for primary and secondary schools, and theatre societies. All our workshops are run by professional practitioners (you can find out more about us below), and are always tailored to your exact requirements.

Whether you’re looking for Shakespeare, Musical Theatre, Comedy, English Literature Set Texts, Shakespeare Schools Festival, Improvisation, Voice Work, Voice Training for Teachers, Stage Combat, Devising for GCSE/A-Level, Pure Singing, Street Dance, Public Speaking, A Play in a Day, Clowning, Mime, Greek Theatre, or anything else you can think of, we’ll put together the perfect package.

We offer everything from short sharp sessions with a very specific focus to workshops lasting a week, or support throughout the lifespan of a production. As with everything we do, our workshops are designed to be as flexible and helpful as possible, with no request regarded as too big or too small.

To discuss what we might be able to do for you, please call Sue on 07769 977779 or email


Alexander Rain

Graduated from Royal Holloway with First Class Honours in English Literature and trained at LAMDA. Alexander has run theatre workshops for nearly fifteen years. Television includes Holby City and Father Brown for the BBC, Hamlet in Tony Robinson’s The Worst Jobs in History for Channel 4, and the award-winning short film, A Good Man. Theatre includes the title roles in Cyrano de Bergerac and The Crucible at the Oxford Playhouse; Julius Caesar at Wilton’s Music Hall and on tour in Paris; and Twelfth Night at Oxford Castle. For Smoke & Mirrors, Alexander specialises in Shakespeare, improvisation, and stage combat.

Sue Baxter

Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and has been involved in theatre and education for nearly forty years. Sue has decades of experience teaching drama, and a deep understanding of GCSE and A-Level courses, as well as the needs of younger pupils. Sue has directed many school productions, including The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest and Julius Caesar for the Shakespeare Schools Festival. She has also served on the SSF’s Steering Committee, and regularly mentors new directors. For Smoke & Mirrors, Sue specialises in devising performances for GCSE and A-Level, English Literature set texts, and working with teachers directing SSF entries.

Lindsey Henderson

Trained at the Oxford School of Drama and Italia Conti, and has run musical and theatre workshops for nearly ten years. Recent musical roles include Stephen Sondheim’s Company, Maria in West Side Story, Annie, Beauty and the Beast at the New Theatre Oxford, and a six-month tour of Italy workshopping musical theatre productions for primary and secondary school students. For Smoke & Mirrors, Lindsey specialises in musical theatre, pure singing, and modern dance.

Antony Edwards

Trained at Phil Winston’s Theatreworks College in Blackpool, gaining full teaching qualifications and becoming a member of the International Dance Teachers Association. Antony is an experienced actor and dancer who has worked on both the Queen Mary II and the Queen Victoria, and as the dance captain for the European tour of Starnights. He has also toured the Middle East for award-winning choreographer Bill Deamer, and award winning director and children’s dramatist David Wood OBE. Antony has also performed in places as varied as Niagara Falls and Sadler’s Wells in the West End production of The Snowman. For Smoke & Mirrors, Antony specialises in dance, physical theatre, and singing.

Monica Nash

Trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2014. Monica has led drama workshops at primary and secondary schools, as well as working as a workshop assistant for the Oxford Academy of Performing Arts, and working as an assistant director for Bristol Old Vic’s summer school courses. Recent theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and King Lear in London; Peter Pan in Birmingham; and The Merry Wives of WindsorLondon Road and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in Bristol. For Smoke & Mirrors, Monica specialises in Shakespeare, devising performances for GCSE and A-Level, singing, and set texts for English Literature. 

Bayley Eyley

Trained at the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester. Recent theatre includes all the female roles in The 39 Steps and Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus. As well as being a very experienced workshop leader, Bayley also works extensively in the corporate sector, where her skills as a voice and presentation coach are sought after by a variety of businesses. For Smoke & Mirrors, Bayley specialises in physical theatre, stage combat, clowning, and voice training for teachers.

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