Theatre school branches out

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A SHEFFIELD theatre academy is to open a new branch in Rotherham next year.

The Carney Academy of Performing Arts will begin holding classes at Rotherham’s Civic Theatre from January.

Sessions for ages eight and above, conducted by theatre professionals, will focus on building confidence, social and vocal skills and developing performance.

West End and Broadway director Ruth Carney, who runs the academy, said: “The new Rotherham school will have an immense, positive impact in South Yorkshire.

“We are now widening the opportunity for the whole community to access classes, training and workshops.”

The academy’s autumn term at its home The Lantern Theatre in Nether Edge begins on September 18.