BOOK NOW for Summer School 2021

Summer Theatre School, Sussex is a week- long acting, drama and creative summer school for young people aged between 6-16 (primary, junior and senior/high school). The programme builds on 5 years of success and has all the ingredients which promises a fun-filled, memorable week. Each week contains professional theatre masterclasses and workshops, games, acting, mindfulness and create and make sessions, culminating in a Friday friends and family show. Participants do not have to have any previous experience, and need not have attended our HOGDA Sussex term time classes to join us! The vibe is to learn new skills, make friendships and spend time in a fun, happy and inclusive environment.

Mornings consist of: warm up and welcome drama games and exercises, masterclasses and performance workshopping, outside play and new this year breathing and wellbeing (10 minutes per day). Afternoons consist of: rehearsals and devising towards our mini show, which this year looks at The Circus as a theme. This all- changes Friday which is family & friends show day and is all about putting it together and performance! (audience allowance tbc- this year admission is free!) 

For ages 6-16 (also suitable for confident, younger students on application)


WEEK 1: Mon 2 August to Fri 6 August 9.30am -5pm

WEEK 2: Mon 9 August to Fri 13 August 9.30am -5pm


Brighton Girls School, Montpelier Rd, BN1 3AT

BOOKING: Bookings are now open or you can decide to pay a non-refundable* deposit of £45 to secure your child’s place. We hope to run both weeks, but this year it is difficult to predict what our numbers will look like! In the past our summer schools have been very popular and fill up fast in June/July time.  *If we are unable to run the week because of government national or local COVID lockdowns we will refund deposits (up until the week of the course.

Fully funded scholarship places are available now. (places limited) Helen O’ Grady Sussex are partnering with Holiday,Activities and Food Programme (HAF) and as a preferred supplier of Brighton-Hove Council to offer fully funded scholarships onto our week long summer school this summer (including picnic style lunch daily). Thanks to funding from the Department of Education from today, I am able to offer free places to participants who receive benefits-related free school meals. This is for those who receive benefits under brighton-hove city council,

Don’t delay! We only have 20 scholarship places available each week (participants can apply for 1 or 2 weeks but commitment is for minimum 1 week), and I have been advised places will go fast-  so eligible families need to know free places are available to them, and should book directly with us. Of course, there are also available an equal amount of fee paying places (although these are booking up fast already).

Sunrise (including breakfast) and Sunset clubs available for early drop off and late pick up (additional cost applies)

Fees: The cost is £175 or the week. Payment is made in advance.

Please contact us below for our online enrolment form!

OFFERS: Free Logo Summer School T-shirt - if you book and pay BEFORE July 19th (worth £10)

Sibling discount - 10% off the total cost (less £35)

Bring-a-Friend – 10% discount for you, if a friend signs up for the week at full cost (cannot have already attended summer school or as a HOGDA pupil)

What people say about us

Throughout the 6 years of attending HOGDA Drama Academy, I have loved every second of it- from joining when I was 10 years old to leaving at 16. I used to be a very diffident, quiet person before joining, and now I’ve found myself to be quite the opposite. I think this is to a large extent thanks to my experience at HOGDA. Through HOGDA not only have I gained confidence that will stick with me for life, but I have also made some amazing friends along the way. I used to never think I’d have the guts to perform on stage Infront of lots of people, but the atmosphere provided by the HOGDA team and being able to perform with people I got on with really well really made those performances turn into happy memories that I’ll cherish forever. The teachers made every class very enjoyable and inclusive. 

I have done a fair few HOGDA summer schools during my time and that’s been a memorable experience, getting to know other people from different groups that share the same passion as you. This academy allows us as students to be creative and gain confidence.

From Anna aged 16

The Summer School was the highlight of my son’s holiday. He had brilliant fun, made new friends and learnt loads too. His only complaint was that it had to come to an end.    

Natasha, George’s mum

I would highly recommend both the drama classes and the summer school. The teacher is great with the kids – they love her – and she works hard with them to put on shows they are proud to be part of.

Julie-Anne, Noah’s mum