Industry Professional Workshops

In 2014 Mark (Wedgie) Hedges, Caroline Grant and I had finished the Oliver! tour and I decided to expand the masterclasses into longer courses which now consist of 1 – 4 days of fun for us and a bunch of 7 – 15 year olds. Mark and Carrie present fully rehearsed musical numbers and we also bring in industry professionals to train the children in various different skills on each course.

- Elizabeth Keates Photography

" These courses are as much fun for us as they are for the children and it is important to me that they not only learn lots of things, but also notice that there are people teaching all these activities. In our profession there are many careers to be considered that are nothing to do with performing and I like to feel that I am opening their eyes to the myriad of possibilities. I have never performed – unless you count playing the back end of a horse in panto at the Theatre Royal Windsor when I was an ASM! But seriously it has never been my dream to do so – indeed I know I would suffer the very worst stage fright imaginable! I have been a dresser, stage manager, PA to a producer and for the last 25 years a casting director specialising in children. I absolutely love what I do and have absolutely no intention of retiring any time soon! I have been privileged to work on some amazing productions with amazing people and it is often said that I am lucky and unusual and, yes I am, so it is great fun to pass some of my knowledge and experience on to children. "

- Jo Hawes CDG

Now Booking

Christmas Course and Concert - December 14th-19th
Norden Farm - Maidenhead Berkshire

The October four day course in Marlow - (Postponed until February)
£280 per child

Limited Spaces


Theatre School

Jo is delighted to introduce Showstop Theatre School. Jo Hawes, Matt Hawes and Claire MacDonald opened the school in September 2020. Showstop has brought in many fantastic industry guests from across the entire industry. Similar to Jo's workshops, the school doesn't just focus on singing, dancing and acting.

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