Berzerk Productions offer quality Drama & Lamda Coaching for young creative energies from the age of 6 to 18 years. Established in 1994 and based at Amners Farm, Reading in Berkshire we run Drama Workshops and LAMDA courses in numerous local schools as well as independent after-school classes.

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Berzerk Latest News

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.

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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.

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Easter School 2017

Believe in yourself as you dance, sing and act...
This four-day theatre course will be based on the hit film Disney’s Descendants.
Our fun filled week will include games, mime, music, singing, dance, team work, make-up, costume and so much more...
In present-day Auradon, Ben, the teenaged son of King ‘Beast’ and Queen Belle, is poised to take the throne. He offers a chance for redemption to the trouble-making teenaged descendants of defeated villains exiled to the remote Isle of the Lost. The villains’ descendants have been granted permission to attend prep school in the kingdom with the Disney heroes’ kids.
This Easter school promises to be a Disney spectacular, working on scripts, songs and dances from the film.
So it’s time to Believe in yourself and jump straight in, meet new friends and go berzerk!

EASTER HOLIDAY 2017

Monday 10th – Thursday 13th April, 10am – 4pm

Show at 3.30pm on Thursday 13 April

SOUTH STREET ARTS CENTRE
21 South Street, Reading RG1 4QU

Ages 6+

Limited spaces available

EARLY BIRD PRICE: £100 if you book before 1 March

Elf Jr.

This week Elf opened at The Alan Cornish Theatre at The Oakwood in Woodley. We are delighted to be performing to sell out audiences and you can see our Five Star review here. Heartfelt thanks to all that have supported the production and bought tickets to attend.

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

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.

MAKE Reading's Santa's Grotto - Saturday 3rd Dec

Ho, ho, ho... Santa's back for the last ever appearance at Reading's iconic Jacksons department store.

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL.

Each session including Christmas Crafts, the Elves and Santa lasts approx 30 mins.

This year at Jacksons... jelly, Berzerk Productions and Spirited Events are back for a third year presenting an immersive Father Christmas to spread even more Christmas cheer for Reading's believers...

For groups of up to 7 children at a time (they can come with friends) they will get creative and then cookie decorating with the crafty Elves, a visit to Santa's grotto for games and story time with Father Christmas.

This year there is an option of a personal Santa selfie photo, new grotto surprises and a gift.

Many happy parents expressed their delight in the experience for the last 2 years and how it created a warm feeling for their children, many of whom saved their gold coin to leave for Santa on Christmas eve. Come see and feel the magic for yourself.

Bookings limited so don't delay.

Other Dates available:

Saturday 3rd December

Sunday 4th December

Saturday 10th December

Sunday 11th December

Here's just a few comments from last 2 years believers...

Andrew Taylor @apomd - 5 Dec 2015

My boys loved @thejellyReading and @BerzerkPro Santa's Grotto. Perfectly pitched and brilliantly played to each child's nature. #makeRDG

Sarah Hacker ‏@mayorofreading - 6 Dec 2015

Heading to #MakeRDG shortly and taking the boys to the best Santa in town then @Thehexagon for panto & collecting for my charities #rdguk

RONNIE PIE-KERING @fuelled_by_pies - 29 Nov 2015

Just visited Make Reading at Reading Town Hall. Beautiful crafts on sale, and best Santa ever! Give it a look #rdguk #rdg #makerdg

Sarah Hacker @CllrSarahHacker - 29 Nov 2015

I can wholeheartedly recommend the #makeRDG Santa's Grotto which is open tomorrow too. #rdg #rdguk @thejellyReading

New Term Details

Term starts back week commencing 9th January 2017. We are very much looking forward to seeing all our students, new and old for a term of banging workshops. We trust you all have a wonderful Christmas and look forward to seeing you in the new year! #GoBerzerk

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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!

2017 Term Dates

Spring term – 9th January – 20th March (10 weeks no session during half term)

Summer term – 8th May – 17th July (10 weeks no session during half term)

Diary dates:

Show week - 4th to 8th July 2017

Summer School - 31st July to 4th August 2017

LAMDA Dates for your diary:

2017

19th March – (Mock 12th March) – Spring

18th June – (Mock 11th June) – Summer

19th November – (Mock 12th November) – Autumn

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Testimonials

"What you offer is incredible, unique and accessible for those who have a keen interest in drama but cannot afford some of the huge costs that usually go with it." - Mrs Claridge - July 2014

"Berzerk really stand out from the others by going the extra mile and showing that you are genuinely interested in each individual." - Mrs Taverner - June 2014

"I personally think that what you both do, the dedication that you show and the effort that goes into everything you do is fantastic. I am so pleased that we found you and only wish that it was years earlier!" - Mrs Claridge - July 2014

"I just wanted to let you know how impressed with what I saw yesterday at drama. I cannot believe how much Olivia has come out of her shell since she joined your class." - Mrs White - June 2014

We are always impressed how creative she is, both in drama and in her writing. She continues to really enjoy coming to drama and looks forward to every lesson. - Mrs Copeman February 2015

"I think the work you do at Berzerk is fantastic. Thank you." - Mrs Quinton - July 2014

"Thanks for all the work with Aedan for the past two terms, my husband and I are really impressed with the improvement in his speech and articulation." - Mrs Honeysett - July 2014

"My Son won Pre prep speaking competition yesterday and I will give entire credit to his wonderful LAMDA coaches who have helped him a lot in getting confidence to perform effectively in front of vast audience." Mrs Gogia - July 2014

"Our boys love drama and I couldn't imagine them having a better experience anywhere else." - Mr and Mrs Danbury - July 2014

"Bezerk has made a real difference and I am sure will continue to do so." Mrs Ashley - October 2014

"I'm sure that the work he has been doing with Berzerk has encouraged him in other areas of life too and it is great that he has such a creative and safe place to 'find himself'!" Mr and Mrs Danbury - October 2014

"Alfie loves coming to drama and is always telling us how much he looks forward to it each week and how much he enjoys the group." Mrs Bamford - November 2014

"We are so pleased he decided to join the Berzerk classes, he enjoys them so much and they have led to drama being a huge part of this life." Mr and Mrs Woolahan - November 2014

"We would like to take the opportunity to state that Phoenix will miss her drama sessions immensely. This is a massive part of her personality and she loves being with your staff, learning new techniques and ways of expressing herself. I just hope we can find something that will meet her needs in the future, without the pompousness that you can find in STAGE SCHOOLS." Mrs Kenyon - January 2015

"There is no doubt that Olivia's confidence has grown an awful lot since she first joined Berzerk." Mrs White - January 2015

"We are always impressed how creative she is, both in drama and in her writing. She continues to really enjoy coming to drama and looks forward to every lesson." Mrs Copeman - February 2015

"Hannah and her sisters all enjoyed their drama sessions over the years (at least 13). So we thank you and wish Berzerk every success for the future." Mr and Mrs Trim - April 2015

"Sky's loving the sessions and I hear nothing but good things about Berzerk from all sorts of people/places. Thanks so much for what you all do." Mrs Firth - June 2015

"Just to say that my daughter, who can be a very shy and anxious girl for speaking in public is finding her LAMDA coaching really really inspiring – she is full of passion for how to breath, project her voice, use her lips and act out a piece of prose - I am amazed in how much you guys are inspiring her and the passion you have ignited – so a heartfelt thank you from us." Mr and Mrs IIes - October 2015

"Jack is always very keen to come and has been practicing his LAMDA piece a lot already- so you have clearly motivated him. In addition, he comes out after every Tuesday evening so "up" and buoyant- he absolutely loves it- so well done to you all." Mr and Mrs Masters - October 2015

"It's very kind of you to take the time to feedback on his progress, he really enjoys his Drama classes with you and has requested Drama to be one of his GCSE choices." Mrs C Shandling - March 2016

"He really does seem to be enjoying it and looks forward to coming every week. I was hoping it would help him gain some confidence and it sounds like it's doing the trick!" Mrs Stace - March 2016

"Coming to you on Thursdays is the highlight of Leah’s week and I have certainly seen a big improvement in her confidence." Mrs Parks - March 2016

"Thank you so much Emily LOVED the summer school week and we were so impressed with the performance!!" Mrs Iles - Aug 2016

Thank you for the lovely email about the summer school.

"Rosie had a fantastic week and really enjoyed herself. We all thoroughly enjoyed the show and were so impressed with how good the children were and how they were able to put on such a good performance after such a short rehearsal time." Mrs Haywood - Aug 2016

"Thank you for putting together such a great show in such a short space of time. Everyone was fantastic! Really enjoyed it." Mrs Byde - Aug 2016

"That is a fabulous result, thank you so much for letting us know. Alanna is completely over the moon. Thank you so much for everything you do for her. The classes have been Amazing for her confidence and she absolutely Loves them." Mrs McErlean - Aug 2016

"Thank you so much for the lovely note about Patrick and Erin last week, they love it. They both count down to when they are going. Drama is not something i thought they would be comfortable doing, but they love your group. So, thank you." Mrs Gibertson - Nov 2016