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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Waterways Walk

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"A selection of our intermediate classes performed snippets from The Wind In The Willows over the weekend, as part of Reading's Waterways Walk. This collaboration was with the award winning Jelly arts organisation as part of their Open For Art project. Thanks to all the walkers that watched our little bubble of Love. All the children involved loved learning the craft of outdoor/street theatre and coped with many last minute challenges.

Reading Cultural Awards 2017

We can not contain our pride at winning the inaugural Reading Culture Award for best education project last night for "Infamous" at Reading Prison. All the team are beaming at Berzerk HQ today. We also loved that nine of our senior students got to enjoy their first ever awards ceremony, and to enjoy it as winners, to see their faces was the best.

MASSIVE thanks to all the local schools using us for their drama needs and of course the nominators, supporters, parents, friends, carers and sharers... this award is for you too. Well done to the all the other notable winners last night, all helping follow on from the year of culture and keeping Reading's Cultural lion's heart beating.

Berzerk can be seen this weekend as part of another winning company last night Jelly, in their Open For Art event. Saturday from 1pm to 3pm at Station Hill, we have an open rehearsal for our Wind In The Willows promenade theatre piece for the Floating Rivers of Reading.

Then on Sunday as part of the Floating Rivers of Reading from 2.30pm - 4.15pm with full info found here. Both events are FREE with a free balloon as well, to create a floating sky river as you walk the town, and is a small part of some incredible work curated this weekend by Jelly's team. Come and say hello, we'd love to see you.

With our "You Can't Stop The Beat" Summer School and the open auditions for "Disney's Peter Pan" all still to come this summer there's so much fun to be had. Want to try one of our classes for ages 4 - 18? We are taking enrollment bookings for the Autumn term. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.

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Reading Cultural Awards 2017

"I am delighted to let you know that you/your organisation are a finalist in the Reading Cultural Awards 2017. The list of finalists will be publically announced in the Reading Chronicle today (1 June) and you will be able to find out which category (s) you have been shortlisted in here http://readingplaceofculture.org/awards/"

Much love and thanks to all those that nominated us for our work with young people in our community. #fingerscrossed #goberzerk

Summer Term 2017

It’s time for the summer term antics at Berzerk. Classes commenced last Tuesday 2nd May and we are raring to go in our drama factory workshops and LAMDAS exam classes. With so much to look forward there really is something for everyone.

Our on-line audition form for the Christmas 2017 show of Disney’s Peter Pan is now live. Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's enchanting play, Disney's Peter Pan JR. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn't grow up... with no flying required! The score includes new arrangements of classic Disney songs and a story featuring one rousing adventure after another.

For all abilities aged 8+ with Auditions:
Sunday 9th July at 10.am – 2.00pm
Recalls: Sunday 16th July at 10.am – 11am
Cast meeting: Sunday 16th July at 11.30am – 1.30pm
Performance dates: 11th – 17th December

Come fly with us and book an audition slot here...

Our Hairspray themed summer school is now taking on-line bookings too. You can't stop the beat in this big and bold adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance and change the world. July 31st to August 4th at the Oakwood Centre, Woodley. With previous holiday course always oversubscribed it’s best to book a slot early and get a fantastic early bird discount too. The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray is the family-friendly musical piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs – Book your place here...

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.

PLEASE DO SHARE THE LOVE...

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.

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

Summer term – 2nd 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

Autumn Term - 18th September to 27th November 2017

Half Term - 23rd October to 27th October 2017

2018 Term Dates

Spring Term - 8th January to 19th March 2018

Helf Term - 12th February to 16th February 2018

Easter School - 3rd April to 6th April 2018

Summer term – 23rd April – 2nd July 2018 (Monday classes finish 16th July 2018 due to Bank Holiday on 7th May 2018)

Helf Term - 28th May to 1st June 2018

LAMDA Dates for your diary:

2017

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

2018

18th March - (Mock 11th March) - Spring

8th July - (Mock 1st July) - Summer

18th November - (Mock 11th 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

"Just wanted to say the hugest thank you for an amazing 4 days of fun! All three of Children couldn't have had a better week, they all completely loved it and to pull off a show like that in 4 days was totally mind-blowing!!" Mrs Goad - April 2017