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Centre Stage speech and drama classes were set up in 2006 to provide a platform for children who wish to explore drama and express their individuality. Drama unlocks the imagination, improves self-esteem and boosts confidence. Evidence of this can be seen not only in dramatic performance techniques, but also in everyday life. All classes focus on the importance of team work and empathy towards fellow team members in a creative, safe and friendly environment. At Centre Stage, we take pride in developing children of all ages and abilities with the skill set to prepare them for the outside world by nurturing self esteem and confidence, stimulating their creativity and developing innovation. Class sizes are kept to a minimum, in order to give each child the care and attention they deserve. Our aim is to help young people to develop and realise their maximum potential in a fun and friendly environment. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in LAMDA Acting and Communication Examinations and will have the chance to showcase their work and will be awarded with their certificates during an awards ceremony which parents will be invited to attend.
Helena Panayis

Helena Panayis Managing Director More ...

Helena Panayis is a qualified Speech & Drama facilitator since 2006, holding the LLAM Licentiate Teacher’s Qualification awarded from LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). Helena has always felt a deep appreciation towards the Arts. Performing since her youth, she continues to dedicate herself to her passion and enjoys performing and teaching children of all ages, abilities and cultures. Her overseas teaching experience includes Dubai since 2006. Helena’s aim is to inspire her students so they will achieve their goals and nurture the foundations of their unique creativity. In 2007 Centre Stage Productions was established, and specialises in providing high quality children’s musicals touring from London’s West End theatre district. Since then she has primarily organised events for children in the United Arab Emirates. Helena enjoys observing children experience the magic of live theatrical performances and recognises its value in reinforcing the learning of literature and nurturing the appreciation of the cultural arts among the children.


  • Vigorous , refreshing , encouraging , welcoming and above all a life lesson which kept my ‘spark’ and passion for the dramatic arts alive…Having had no experience as a drama student I decided to enroll at Centre stage classes , in hopes of gaining more experience in the field of dramatic arts. I can safely say that the classes offered me a lot more than just good skill and technique…they were in fact life changing in so many ways. I never once recall a moment of entering the class feeling tense or insecure – instead I would feel alive and bubbling with excitement whether it was to begin our group activities or to dive into a Shakespearean monologue or a contemporary improvised piece of drama. The most important thing that I have gained from my lessons at Centre stage…was ‘belief’. I had someone who trained me ; teaching me to always strive to do my best and to always believe in myself. I am utterly certain that without my training here I would never have reached where I did. It prepared me for rigorous auditions in London at conservatoires such as LAMDA (London academy of dramatic arts) and RADA (Royal academy of Dramatic Arts) where I have now earned a place…and all I can say now is a very big thank you for helping me build the foundation to my training and for giving me advice I shall never forget.

    Ioanna Loucaides Student
  • Since my daughter attended Centre Stage classes her confidence has improved leap and bounds! She can’t wait to get to her classes and leaves filled with energy and enthusiasm.

    Judy Holmes Parent