Theatre school set to move to new city home

A PERFORMING arts school is set to move into Sheffield city centre from the leafy suburb of Nether Edge, it was announced yesterday.

Carney Academy is set to leave the Lantern Theatre and take up permanent residency on Surrey Street, close to Sheffield Hallam University and also Sheffield’s new University Technical College, which is currently under construction.

A spokesman for the school said: “The school’s new home, which it will fully occupy in July of this year, will allow its pupils to have a fully flexible drama studio, with two other rehearsal spaces for singing, dance and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations to take place in.

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“This move to the city centre will give better accessibility to students from the whole of Sheffield.

“In 2014 Carney Academy intends to start a full-time, accredited training course for professional actors – the first ever in Sheffield.”

Ruth Carney-Nash, director and founder of Carney Academy, said: “These are exciting times for us. The Lantern Theatre has been a wonderful home for us since 2010 but this opportunity allows us to expand our offer to students.

“The possibility of what we can do in this space, both theatrically and also with the whole experience for our students, will make such a huge difference.

“Carney Academy is all about learning new skills and how transformative that can be. We are absolutely thrilled to now be in the centre of town.”

Carney Academy will also be running a summer school from Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16. Over the course of a week, students will study and then perform Our House, the musical based around the music of pop band Madness.

It is not necessary for participants to have a performance background to take part, and places are on a first-come first-served basis.

To book a place email [email protected] or call 07956870516.