Who we are
BrightLights Theatre School opened in Loughborough in 2011, and provides quality, affordable performing arts training for young people. The school is run by Nick Sutcliffe, originally from Loughborough, and a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. He has 20 years experience as a professional actor, director and choreographer in the West End, major regional theatres, touring productions, TV and commercials. Nick also teaches and delivers workshops across the UK.
BrightLights runs every weekend at Gorse Covert Community Centre in Maxwell Drive, Loughborough, and due to continued demand from September 2017 also at Castle Rock High School Coalville every Friday evening. The school is very much connected to the industry with regular guest teachers from London’s West End, TV and Film. Guests so far have included cast members from “Wicked”, “Billy Elliott”, “Mamma Mia”, “The Phantom of the Opera”, “Spamalot” and “Coronation Street”. We are also in regular contact with several Casting Directors – students have auditioned for the national tour of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”, the BBC Film adaptation of “Swallows and Amazons” and Game of Thrones.
Although we can not guarantee that any of these people will whisk one of our students off to Hollywood(!!!), what it does mean is that our students are receiving top notch tuition from industry professionals who really are at the top of their game. As far as we are aware no other school in the area offers such strong industry links.
BrightLights mirrors the term dates for local schools, without breaking for half term.
All BrightLights staff and volunteers are DBS checked, and all students are covered by insurance while at the school.
We always aim to keep our fees as low as possible, and as an independent school, with no fees to pay to a swanky head office in London we are able to do so. Fees are payable either by monthly bank transfer, or if you prefer, termly in advance. For our Bright Young Things and their 90 minutes sessions, fees are £9.50 a week and for our main school who have 3 hours of tuition fees are just £19 a week.
Nick trained at the prestigious Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, and after graduating he landed his first job playing the lead role of Tony Brockhurst in “The Boyfriend”. Other theatre credits include Idle Bob in “Puss In Boots” – Ferneham Hall, Fareham; Ensemble in “The Hot Mikado” – London; Alan ‘A’ Dale in “Babes In The Wood” – Theatre Royal, Norwich; Hubcap in “Streets Paved With Gold” – Millfield Theatre, London; Policeman in “Happy Christmas” – Pentameters Theatre, London; Harry Blunt in “Jack In The Box” – Etcetera Theatre, London and The Old Fire Station, Oxford; Buttox in “The Rampant Blade” – Hoxton Hall Theatre, London; Josh in “Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens” – The Globe Centre, and 3 Mills Film Studios; Sorry in “Dick Whittington” – Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds; Josh and Joe in “Elegies for Angels Punks & raging Queens” – Bridewell Theatre, London; Tommy Atkins in “Poets In Mud” – Greenwich Theatre, London; Claude in the European Premiere of “Victor/Victoria” – Bridewell Theatre, London; Widow Twankey for Qdos Pantomimes; and Spencer in “Boogie Nights” – tour.
Nick has also appeared in concerts at The Cambridge Theatre, London; Theatre Royal Drury Lane; and the world famous London Palladium where he had the honour of backing Broadway and West End legends Chita Rivera, Rita Moreno and Ron Moody.
TV credits include – Kit in “Agony”, “Class”, “True But Strange”, “Red Mist II” plus a commercial for BBC TV Licence.
Nick can also be heard on the original cast recordings of “Elegies for Angels, Punks & Raging Queens”; “Poets in Mud”; “The Rampant Blade” and “Yeehaw”. Before opening BrightLights, Nick has also taught at many Performing Arts Schools including Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, North London Performing Arts, Bodens College of Performing Arts, and Perform. Since 2003 Nick has been all over the UK delivering Shakespeare workshops for The Shakespeare Schools Festival, and directed many abridged versions of Shakespeares plays for them at prestigious venues, including Bristol Old Vic (for the BBC One Night Of Shakespeare), Birmingham Old Rep and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Nick acts as a Consultant to several local schools, often running drama and dance workshops to help students who may be suffering with low self esteem and self confidence.