The British Pantomime Academy (BPA) has a range of home schooling activities to help engage young people with the arts, drama, language and script writing.

Children acting and performing

The BPA’s online workshops aim to introduce young people to the world of theatre.

The one-hour courses, available via the BPA’s website, are suitable for those between the ages of eight to 18-years-old and are designed to introduce youngsters to all elements of the theatrical world.

The ‘Kids Masterclass Workshop’ features numerous classes and techniques which aim to get young people learning about the traditions and craftmanship of theatre. 

There are also options available for one-off celebrity driven masterclasses, including the chance to have a go at ventriloquism with Britain’s Got Talent finalist Steve Hewlett.

Kev Orkian, founder of the BPA, said: “We launched our online courses in 2020 in a year where everyone, not least our children had their lives and routines disrupted and a lot of simple pleasures taken away from them.”

“Many young people enjoyed and benefited from our classes last year and with this new extended lockdown we want to continue to support families and children to learn about and have fun in all elements of the performing arts which we know is so important to their growth and wellbeing.”

Kev Orkian, founder of the BPA.

 “We are keenly aware that families are looking for fun, rewarding and engaging experiences for their children and we hope the BPA can offer help and support to entertain and engage youngsters through learning as we move further into the new year.”

The BPA was founded in 2019, bringing workshops and courses to students of all ages. In 2020 these classes were taken online as the UK’s first online pantomime workshops, with a focus this year on providing children with fun and interactive sessions to keep the magic of theatre alive when the opportunity to go along in person or attend classes may not be available.

To find out more information or to take part in one of the online workshops, visit