High quality drama coaching in a fun, safe and inspiring environment. 

Important Dates

2017

Autum Term: 18th September - 27th November
Half Term: 23rd October - 27th October 2017

2018

Spring Term - 8th January to 19th March 2018
Half Term - 12th February to 16th February 2018
Easter School - 3rd April to 6th April 2018
Summer term – 23rd April – 2nd July 2018 (Monday classes finish 16th July 2018 due to Bank Holiday on 7th May 2018)
Half Term - 28th May to 1st June 2018

LAMDA Dates

Spring Term: Exam Day March 18th 2018 (Mock Exam 11th March)
Summer Term: Exam Day 8th July (Mock Exam 1st July)
Autumn Term: Exam Day 18th November (Mock Exam 11th November)

LATEST NEWS

Berzerk uniform available now!

You can now buy Berzerk Productions branded Uniform using our new form. Click here to go to the form. You can choose to add your name and/or an Emoji to the branding. Once you've completed the form, one of the Berzerk team will contact you to take payment and the items will be handed out in class as soon as they arrive.

Little Char-Actors

Little Char-Actors WoodleyFollowing the huge success of our Little Char-Actors classes for ages 4 to 6 in Pangbourne and Tilehurst, we are delighted to announce that from January 2018 these classes will be available in our Woodley branch.

With over 20 years experience teaching this age group the sessions will feature social interaction, confidence building, vocal skills and imagination, through drama, song, poems, games, exercises and projects, these sessions will really bring out the best in your little Char-Actors.

Tuesday's from 3.50pm - 4.25pm at Chapel Hall, Woodley with a maximum of 10 children only in each class, you can see why it';s best to go Berzerk with your little munchkins. Classes from a price busting £47.70 per ten week term.

Other age groups also catered see the class pages for more details. For full information and to arrange a FREE trial class please email info@berzerkproductions.com #havefundogood #goberzerk Please feel free to share the love with those that would benefit from these classes. Thank you.

Pride of Reading

Berzerk are so proud to be helping on the production of the Pride of Reading awards. We created a robot welcome for all the guests yesterday and perfomed in the two final numbers with Reading's own Darryl Johnson and Nathan James. You can tell from the smiles how much the children enjoyed being part of such a humbling day celebrating Reading's unsung heroes.

reading in Reading

Berzerk were delighted to be asked by Hogarth Productions and Reading International to provide a group of young folk to launch the reading in Reading project at Reading library on Saturday. All the children involved enjoyed a workshop led by Berzerk founder Matt Whitelock and guide them to performing the Superstructure.

What is Reading In Reading?

Reading International presents reading in Reading, a six month programme, to which the artists David Raymond Conroy, Ghislaine Leung, Cally Spooner & Jesper List Thomsen have been invited to work together.

One of the initial responses the group had, as writers, to Reading International's invitation was that it was very important to acknowledge and support the fact that reading is already taking place in Reading. In this sense, rather than just bring their own readings into this new context, the group wish to celebrate and amplify the conditions and possibility for reading in Reading, and for their individual commissions to contribute back to this in the longer term. As such, the group felt that the Reading Central Library, with its already active membership of readers and with the architecture of its Amphitheatre looking onto these readers, was a perfect venue to work with as a partner during their sixth month programme.

To begin this process, the group have collectively written a superstructure, which will frame these celebratory activities, operating as a tool for devising a number of forthcoming events and interventions hosted in and around Central Library between October 2017 and May 2018.

Reading 2050 – Berzerk are thrilled to also be involved in the Reading 2050 project to be performed at the new Thames Lido on 18th October. Creating work with a young group on a school trip from the year 2050 to 2017 has been a fun piece of work to develop with the Tilehurst Drama Factory students. We look forward to sharing the vision of Barton Willmore and Reading CIC after the event.

Peter Pan

Berzerk are flying back in to the Theatre this festive season with a show based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's enchanting play, Disney's Peter Pan JR. This is magical story and a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up... Astonishing splashes of colour guaranteed.

The Box Office is NOW OPEN and as with our previous sold out shows of Elf, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, the show is ideal for ages 3 to 100 and perfect family entertainment. 13 - 17 December at The Alan Cornish Theatre, Oakwood Centre, Woodley. Shows at 7.30pm (Wed to Friday) 2.00pm and 5.00pm (Sat and Sun) Tickets from only £11.75 and family savings available.

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/berzerkproductions

It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret to Happiness. All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust...

Welcome to the new website

We are proud to launch our brand spanking new website for the autumn term. We trust you will notice the more streamlined design will make it easier to navigate and get the information you need on PC, Tablet and phone. Please do let us know if you notice any bugs or suggestions to help make your experience even better. Don’t forget to hover your mouse or click on the little Char-Actors on each page for a little inspiration.

 

Our private centre classes start back next week and we can not wait to share all the exciting opportunities coming up for those currently enrolled at Berzerk.

WATERWAYS WALK

WATERWAYS WALK

"A selection of our intermediate classes performed snippets from The Wind In The Willows over the weekend, as part of Reading's Waterways Walk. This collaboration was with the award winning Jelly arts organisation as part of their Open For Art project. Thanks to all the walkers that watched our little bubble of Love. All the children involved loved learning the craft of outdoor/street theatre and coped with many last minute challenges.

Reading Cultural Awards 2017

Reading Cultural Awards 2017

We can not contain our pride at winning the inaugural Reading Culture Award for best education project last night for "Infamous" at Reading Prison. All the team are beaming at Berzerk HQ today. We also loved that nine of our senior students got to enjoy their first ever awards ceremony, and to enjoy it as winners, to see their faces was the best.

MASSIVE thanks to all the local schools using us for their drama needs and of course the nominators, supporters, parents, friends, carers and sharers... this award is for you too. Well done to the all the other notable winners last night, all helping follow on from the year of culture and keeping Reading's Cultural lion's heart beating.

Berzerk can be seen this weekend as part of another winning company last night Jelly, in their Open For Art event. Saturday from 1pm to 3pm at Station Hill, we have an open rehearsal for our Wind In The Willows promenade theatre piece for the Floating Rivers of Reading.

Then on Sunday as part of the Floating Rivers of Reading from 2.30pm - 4.15pm with full info found here. Both events are FREE with a free balloon as well, to create a floating sky river as you walk the town, and is a small part of some incredible work curated this weekend by Jelly's team. Come and say hello, we'd love to see you.

With our "You Can't Stop The Beat" Summer School and the open auditions for "Disney's Peter Pan" all still to come this summer there's so much fun to be had. Want to try one of our classes for ages 4 - 18? We are taking enrollment bookings for the Autumn term. Email us at info@berzerkproductions.com to find out more.

Why not give us a like and see what else Berzerk gets up to. #GoBerzerk #HaveFunDoGood #BerzerkProductions

Reading Cultural Awards 2017

Reading Cultural Awards 2017

"I am delighted to let you know that you/your organisation are a finalist in the Reading Cultural Awards 2017. The list of finalists will be publically announced in the Reading Chronicle today (1 June) and you will be able to find out which category (s) you have been shortlisted in here http://readingplaceofculture.org/awards/"

Much love and thanks to all those that nominated us for our work with young people in our community. #fingerscrossed #goberzerk

Summer Term 2017

Summer Term 2017

It’s time for the summer term antics at Berzerk. Classes commenced last Tuesday 2nd May and we are raring to go in our drama factory workshops and LAMDAS exam classes. With so much to look forward there really is something for everyone.

Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Our on-line audition form for the Christmas 2017 show of Disney’s Peter Pan is now live. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's enchanting play, Disney's Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up... with no flying required! The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs and a story featuring one rousing adventure after another.

For all abilities aged 8+ with Auditions:
Sunday 9th July at 10.am – 2.00pm
Recalls: Sunday 16th July at 10.am – 11am
Cast meeting: Sunday 16th July at 11.30am – 1.30pm
Performance dates: 11th – 17th December

Come fly with us and book an audition slot here...

Hairspray

Hairspray

Our Hairspray themed summer school is now taking on-line bookings too. You can't stop the beat in this big and bold adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance and change the world. July 31st to August 4th at the Oakwood Centre, Woodley. With previous holiday course always oversubscribed it’s best to book a slot early and get a fantastic early bird discount too. The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs – Book your place here...

Hospital Food

Wow! What a finish to an emotional week! Hospital Food was dedicated in memory of Paul Jenkins, Scott and Elliot's dad and Babs the raffle guru's husband. His fond memories of working as a Butlins red coat always made me chuckle. He loved performing and would have been so proud of this weeks young performers and his family.

I can't begin to tell you how these young people have approached and inspired all us coaches. Especially Jess who lost her dad to cancer, George who's nana is currently fighting, Isaac's Nan god bless her, my own uncle Kevin who is smiling above us and my Auntie also fighting this terrible illness. Last night an old dear theatre friend, Sally was supposed to be watching and has been admitted back to hospital this week. A teaching colleague, friend and mother also fighting and the many other families currently facing the ripples of its grip.

Thank you just doesn't seem enough for those supporting and who watched the play, which in all honestly is a very difficult thing to sit through. We hope in performing this play we help those that feel alone with the illness, that the young people have an outlet to talk (if they want) about their feelings and that together we can shine light in to those dark places cancer spreads to. We're just trying our best to do good work in our community. All the companies who have supported the production, raffle and various parts of the play a big thank you too.

They say 3's the magic number... yes it is, it's the magic number! This week three directors, took three casts, for three nights, with three different interpretations! We have roughly worked out we have raised around £3,000 pounds... for Duchess of Kent, Sue Ryder hospice, another place striving to do good work in difficult times. Kind wishes to all who have donated. A special mention to Tilehurst cast member Tom Bailey for raising over £700 too. A challenge it sure has been, but on many levels a thing of real beauty.

Thank you for supporting the work of Berzerk.

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In loving memory of Paul Jenkins. Supporting all the fighters, admiring the survivors, honouring the taken and never giving up hope.

PLEASE DO SHARE THE LOVE...

Infamous

Infamous

We were very excited to be given the opportunity from Artangel to provide a youth theatre performance piece inside the prison. For one night only, four of our classes created work on a promenade theatre piece based on the other infamous inmates at Reading Gaol.

La Bohème

La Bohème

We are proud to once again be providing the children and young people for Ballet and Opera International's production of La Bohème at The Hexagon. We know all those involved will have a wonderful experience being involved. For more details click here.

St Edwards School

St Edwards School

St Edwards School take to the stage in their production of The Lion King, next week. We are very excited to be performing at Leighton Park.

New Drama Factory Venues

We are proud to be providing the Drama Factory club for Reading's newest free school The Wren Classes are held on a Thursday after school and for full information drop us a mail to info@berzerkproductions.com.
Battle Primary Academy have also joined our little hub of schools providing the drama factory workshops. We are delighted to be coaching there and look forward to creating some inspiring work at the school.

Berzerk are going straight in to Compton!

Our new class has taken off in Compton with three full classes. We look forward to our first term in our newest location and hope everyone enjoyed the open evening.

 

From The Horses Mouth

Little Char-Actors

Little Char-Actors

Due to the massive success in our Little Char-Actors class for the ages 4 to 6 in Pangbourne and Tilehurst we are proud to announce that we are starting a new Little Char-Actors class in Caversham and Woodley in 2017. The classes are only a price busting £47 per ten-week term. With many years of working with this age group in our school classes, we are excited to now offer them at our private centres. Our specially designed workshops focus on many aspects of character and personality building, alongside our confidence, self-esteem and vocal work for this age group. Only 10 places available. For information please email info@berzerkproductions.com or call 07863 734 830. Have fun! Do Good!

 

Short Films

Berzerk have provided their "silent short film project" in over 8 schools this year. Potion X, Theseus and the Minotaur, Robin Hood and Jekyll and Hyde. Thanks for those schools that have booked us for the second or third year running!

 

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