Marlborough Academy of Dance and Drama
Marlborough Academy of Dance and Drama

Student Achievements

Congratulations to Martha who has the role of Brat in the production of 'Whistle down the Wind' at the Watermill in Newbury. What an achievement. So proud

Huey has the part of 'poor baby' in the production of 'Whistle down the Wind' at the Watermill in Newbury, and he is AMAZING! Performances end in September. Go see it!

Congratulations to Izzy Daisy and Rebecca who are performing in this years youth project at the Wyvern Theatre

Congratulations to ex student and teaching assistant, Jasmine Harrod.
She is now a fully qualified dr working at Yeovil Hospital!

Archie Fisher

Archie will be leaving MAD to study acting at Bristol Old Vic, starting September 2020.

I remember when Archie came and did a trial class on a Saturday morning back in 2014, he was quiet and seemed really shy, little did we know!
He first performed with us with our Saturday drama group at Wootton Bassett festival. He only had 1 line, but he did it with complete conviction, he was amazing!

Archie has just gone from strength to strength. 
Yes he is very talented, but he is so much more than that. He has worked incredibly hard to get to where he wants to be. Archie has taken classes in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, LAMDA and singing. All to improve his skills and get him closer to his goals.

With Jackie, Archie has taken his LAMDA acting exams in grade 5, bronze, silver and gold. Getting a distinction in every one.
With Gemma, he did a solo at Wootton Bassett festival and won his section.

As well as performing with MAD in our bi-annual shows, Archie has successfully auditioned and performed in many other productions. 
In 2015 he successfully auditioned for Oliver at the Watermill in Newbury and played the Artful Dodger. 
In 2017 Archie played Cosmo Brown in ‘Singing in the Rain’ at the Bristol Hippodrome with ‘The Big Act’.
In the same year he performed with Swindon youth project, playing Cyril in ‘Summer Holiday’. The following year he got the part of Fagin and ‘Oliver’ and last year he played Caractacus Potts in ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’.

To further his training, Archie successfully auditioned to become a member of National Youth Theatre and Bristol Old Vic summer school last year.

Archie’s fantastic work ethic has inspired so many of our young students. 
He assisted with our Saturday morning classes and has himself a little fan club!
We couldn’t ask for a greater role model.. 

We are really sad to see Archie go, but so proud of his achievements and proud that he is going on to further his training.

Emily Giles


Senior Company member, Emily, is leaving MAD this term as she has a conditional offer at Cambridge university to study Spanish and Arabic. 
Before beginning her studies, Emily is moving to Spain for a year. 
Emily is super talented dancer, amazing performer and general all-round gorgeous person. We are really sad to see her go, but excited for what her future may hold!


With MAD, Emily has attended classes in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Tap, jazz, Contemporary, Saturday stage school and Company. Always working hard, taking corrections and bettering herself.
More recently Emily has taken her grade 5 and 6 ballet, grade 6 modern, and this year she took her Intermediate modern exam, for which she got a distinction!

As a company member, Emily has taken part in Wiltshire, Devizes and Clevedon dance festivals with group dances and duets and trios.
She performed at charity events, with the Zoots, at Balls and MAD shows. 
We are sad to have missed her last performance this year.

With the Saturday group she has taken part in group pieces with our drama group at Wootton Bassett festival, receiving outstanding results.

Many of our students will know Emily from assisting classes on Saturday mornings and helping out backstage and at exams. Always happy to help and going above and beyond to make sure every student feels confident and fulfils their potential.

Emily has always had a brilliant work ethic and has always been a pleasure to teach.
I feel lucky to have had Emily as such a big part of MAD and we will all miss her lots!

Wishing you lots of luck for the future Emily! Come back and visit us lots!

Katy Trafford


Katy is leaving us at the end of this term as she is moving away.

At only 7 years old, Katy has achieved so much with us. We are really proud of what she has achieved and hope she goes on to continue with her dance, drama and singing classes.

Katy is a part of our junior company, but unfortunately didn’t get to perform with them this year.
Performances with MAD include ‘Welcome to the MAD house’ at the Wyvern Theatre, Marlborough Christmas light Switch on and a ballet solo at Wiltshire festival.

Katy has taken 3 ISTD ballet exams with us, pre primary, primary and grade 1, gaining a distinction in each.

More recently, after successfully auditioning for PD Management, Katy got a role in a Sky original drama called ‘I hate Suzie’
This will be on Sky Atlantic and Now TV later in the year, we can not wait to see it!

We wish Katy so much luck for the future and really hope that she continues to work hard and follow her passion.

Bertie Jeffery


Bert has successfully auditioned at several dance schools and is about to start his full time training at Laban in September.


This year Bert has been performing with Zoonation Youth and will be continuing his training with them.

Honor Petit


Honor has been part of Sol Dans Youth Company for the past year, traveling up to London once a week to take classes with company founder, Melody Squire, at Pineapple dance studios.


Honor is now about to start her 2nd year at Laban.


Well done Honor!


Jasmine Jackson


Jasmine is about to begin her second year on the Urdang associate programme.


Jasmine succesfully auditioned and performed in Swindon Pantomine in 2018/2019


Recently Jasmine took her ISTD Intermediate Modern exam and got and outstanding 97 marks!




Alex Piper


At Wiltshire festival of Dance 2020, Alex gained a place in both the Ballet and Modern Championships.


Last year, within the spaec of 12 months, Alex took 5 ISTD dance exams with MAD, getting a distinction for each.




Emily Gillingham


In the Summer term of 2019, Emily was our first student to take an ISTD Tap exam and she gained a distinction! Well done emily!

DECEMBER 2019 - Ballet Exams


2 days of ballet exams and 100% pass rate!


Well done Violet, Beatrice, Shyanne, Katy, Laila, Alexis, Rosie, Poppy, Georgia, Isabelle, Darcy, Sophie, Ellen, Phoebe, Annabelle, Martha, Darcey, Laurie, Isobel, Olive, Erin, Emily, Rosie, Caitlin, Evie, Francesca, Gracie, Keira, Abigail, Olivia, Beatrice, Alex and Amelia.


And a special mention to Jasmine Jackson and Jessica Light, our first Vocational Ballet exams!



Summer 2019 - LAMDA Exams


100% Distinction!


Well done Ella, Huey, Mimi, Francesca, Bella, Isabelle, Naomi, Pippa, Jacob, Camile and Archie!


Summer 2019 - Modern Exams


100% Pass Rate!


Well done Georgia, Poppy, Isabel, Olive, Grace, Phoebe, Darcey, Laurie, Sadie, Keira, Ella, Beth, Caitlin, Gracie, Evie MS, Bea W, Bea C, Amelia, Evie M and Alex!


Ballet Exams 2019


100% Pass Rate!


Well done Georgia, Sophie, Cece, Scarlet, Emily, Isabelle, Anaya, Charlotte, Calypso, Darcey, Laurie, Erin, Amy, Lucy, Isabelle, Olive, Caitlin, Evie MS, Gracie, Keira, Abi, Amelia, Alex, Josh, Jess Light, Emily G, Nancy, Jasmine and Jess Lamb!




Janet Cram Modern Awards


Congratulations to Gracie, Francesca, Bea, Kira, Alex, Jess and Nancy who all danced at the Janet Cram Heats.


And well done to Alex who got through to the finals!



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