The PDP1 Team is a part of Emil Dale Weekend School’ advanced company, and develops its members as ‘triple threat’ performers offering multiple skills in acting, singing, and dancing. The team is made up of no more than 35 students aged 16 and over. This programme is aimed at assisting our members with their applications for professional dance, drama, and Musical Theatre schools.

PDP 1 members will take classes in jazz, performance technique, acting, contemporary, singing, audition technique, and commercial; and work on a wide variety of ensemble repertoire from many different styles of musicals, old and new.

Members will get the opportunity to work with guest teachers and choreographers from the West End and UK tours, and will have the opportunity to gain some insight into the world of professional theatre.

Our Professional Development Programme focuses on all of the skills required to be a successful Musical Theatre performer.

Our Emil Dale Weekend School Hitchin PDP1 Team train between 14:30-18:00 on Sundays. They must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of their classes to sign in.


Although we stream members in age groups, exceptions can be made if a student demonstrates ability beyond their team.

Our Patrons

Neil Rutherford

Neil Rutherford

International director, casting director, writer and composer, having worked for over 30 years in professional theatre in London and Australia.

Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis has fast become recognised as the First Lady of West End musicals from her starring roles in London and on Broadway, she has also achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album Anthem.

FREE audition. FREE taster session. Nothing to prepare.
Just fill in the form below and turn up

If you have any specific accessibility requirements (such as wheelchair access) or any specific learning needs requirements for your taster day/ audition with us, please email excess@emildale.co.uk with your requirements and one of the team will gladly contact you to discuss your needs.

Difficulties completing the form? Please call 01462 677 808

eg. 07123 456789 0r +44 07123 456789
eg. 11/02/2000


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