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Participation is all about encouraging personal investment in the arts within South Somerset. Engaging, developing and inspiring growth in the arts by facilitating community platforms, classes and delivering spaces to create and exhibit work.

The Octagon Academy is a programme for all, to embrace the joy and art of performance.

Alongside developing skills and techniques in singing, dancing and acting, there are many additional benefits to attending performing arts classes.

Creative interaction promotes:

  • Improved confidence and communication skills
  • Commitment and self-discipline
  • Resilience and positive mental health
  • Fitness and a healthy lifestyle
  • Patience and respect toward others
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Team building and co-operation among peers
  • A sense of ownership and community
  • Responsibility and self-organisation

The Octagon Academy offers a range of classes for all ages and abilities, with classes taking place at both the Octagon Theatre and Westlands Entertainment Venue throughout the week.

When we asked what our participants enjoy most about the classes they attend, the most popular reasons were socialising and meeting new friends, learning new skills, routines, songs and sketches, and the teachers!

Our fantastic Octagon Academy teachers are trained professionals with a passion for teaching their discipline. New participants are always welcome all year round, and our teachers are happy for you to contact them prior should you have any queries before attending.

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