Experience what it feels like to be training in Acting, Musical Theatre or Dance at industry level.

A Week in the Life runs during school summer holiday, Monday 7th August to Friday 11th August 2023

Enjoy five full days following a Full-Time Student’s intense weekly schedule with our expert teaching faculty here at MGA. Scotlands only CDMT-accredited drama school.

Choose your course – Acting, Musical Theatre or Dance – and take your first step on a journey towards a successful career within the performing arts industry where previous students have gone on to appear in shows on Disney+ and HBO Max as well as starring roles on London’s West End.

This experience is ideal for those considering applying for a place on one of our full-time courses! 

This degree taster course is for students aged 15+.

Course runs Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm.

Email registrar@themgaacademy.com  to secure your place!

Are you ready for some summer fun? Summer School returns to The MGA of Academy of Performing Arts

The course runs during school summer holiday, Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August 2023

Summer school is returning to MGA and it’s going to bigger and better than ever before! Once Upon a Fairytale promises to be an exciting and fun-filled exploration of your favourite and best-known tales. Descendants, Shrek, Enchanted, Revolting Rhymes and many more will feature in the action-packed week that you won’t want to miss!

The week long programme will run from 31st July to 4th August 2023 from 10am – 4pm with an option for early and late drop-off and collection.

Those in attendance will have the opportunity to participate in musical theatre, dance, and acting activities, all set in a magical world inspired by beloved fairy-tales with some modern twists.

At MGA Academy of Performing Arts, we believe in nurturing and developing the talents of each and every child, and our experienced and enthusiastic teaching staff are dedicated to guiding participants in a supportive and fun environment.

This is an ideal programme for children who are passionate about performing arts, regardless of whether they are seasoned performers or new to the stage. They will have the chance to make new friends, build confidence, and develop skills that will serve them well both on stage and in life.

PRICE: £225 for the week
Payment information will be provided on application. No refunds or exchanges.

Summer School courses are for students aged between 7 and 14 years.

Course runs Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Apply for a course at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts and be part of something extraordinary!

Final auditions for our full-time professional training courses will take place in Edinburgh on Sunday, 6th August.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of MGA history and be among the first students to audition at our new campus.

See below for information about all our course levels and apply today!

One-year Foundation (HNC) courses

Three-year undergraduate BA (Hons) Degrees

BA (Hons) Top-up Year

For advanced students with appropriate qualifications and/or suitable professional experience to join the final year of our Musical Theatre, Acting or Dance degree programmes.

Postgraduate Degrees

Complete in 1 year full time, 2 years part time.

* New for September 2023! (Subject to approval)

Part of MGA’s 2023 Summer Season!

Wednesday 21st June, 7.30pm
Friday 23rd June, 2.30pm
Saturday 24th June, 7.30pm

Join our Graduating BA (Hons) Acting students as they present SWEET CHARITY.

Inspired by Federico Fellini’s Nights of Cabiria, Sweet Charity explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine, a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in New York City. With a tuneful, groovy, mid-1960s score by Cy Coleman, sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and a hilarious book by Neil Simon, Sweet Charity captures all the energy, humour, and heartbreak of Life in the Big City for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist. We proudly present a unique and bold production, based on the original 1966 Broadway version of Sweet Charity – which was directed and choreographed by the inimitable Bob Fosse. Musical numbers include: “Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “I’m a Brass Band” and “Baby, Dream Your Dream.”

Venue: The Studio, Festival Theatre – 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano

Director/ Choreographer – Jordan Langford
Musical Director – James McCullagh

This amateur production of SWEET CHARITY is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Part of MGA’s 2023 Summer Season!

Thursday 22nd June, 7.30pm
Friday 23rd June, 7.30pm
Saturday 24th June, 2.30pm

Join our Graduating BA (Hons) Acting students as they present THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE.

Written by the grand master of storytelling and peopled with vivid and amusing characters, THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE is one of the greatest plays of the last century. This lively translation by award-winning playwright Alistair Beaton is a fluent yet faithful rendering of Brecht’s satirical masterpiece and was first presented by Shared Experience at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, and subsequently the Unicorn Theatre, London, in 2009.

Venue: The Studio, Festival Theatre – 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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This amateur production of “The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Beaton)” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Part of MGA’s 2023 Summer Season!

Thursday 15th June, 7.30pm
Friday 16th June, 2.30pm
Friday 16th June, 7.30pm

Join our Graduating BA (Hons) Dance students as they present their final show THE LIGHT FANTASTIC.

Presented by our graduating BA (Hons) Musical Theatre class of 2023.

Venue: The Studio, Festival Theatre – 22 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BL

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Our lucky Musical Theatre and Dance students were treated to an unforgettable experience as performers from Strictly Ballroom: The Musical took a break from touring and brought the glitz and glamour of ballroom dancing to life The MGA Academy of Performing Arts last week!

Kevin Clifton, BBC Strictly Come Dancing star, along with cast members Poppy Blackledge and MGA’s very own Musical Theatre graduate Kieran Cooper led an exclusive and energetic samba masterclass. It was a fantastic opportunity for MGA students to engage and learn from renowned professionals who shared techniques, knowledge, and valuable insights into the audition process.

Kevin said: “I loved being at MGA because we weren’t just trying to teach a bit of dancing and the technique behind it but also show the students the audition process. For our show, it takes a lot of letting go in terms of everyone’s inhibitions and really going for it in the room. I feel everyone really committed to it which was really lovely to see.

“To be honest at that age I probably wouldn’t have committed to letting go like that, so it was
really great to see and it’s been great to spend time with such a talented bunch.”

Our students had the privilege of learning from Poppy, a talented performer and integral part of the Strictly Ballroom: The Musical cast, and were delighted to welcome back BA (Hons) Musical Theatre graduate Kieran. Kieran’s journey to performing in such a prestigious production showcases where the exceptional training and opportunities provided by MGA can lead!

Kieran said: “I started MGA in 2013 to study the Musical theatre course, graduating in 2016. I really enjoyed my time there, mainly because everyone is so friendly and welcoming. I had never sung or danced before but everyone was just so encouraging, looking back I can honestly say they were some of the best years of my life.

“It was great to bring Kevin and Poppy from Strictly Ballroom along and we did a little samba routine from the beginning of the show, and everyone was amazing. I knew the talent level at MGA is high, but we were shocked at just how good the students were today. Everyone was amazing and it’s been great fun.”

Current MGA Musical Theatre student Reece Hannah said: “It was a truly incredible experience to have Kevin, Poppy, and Kieran here at MGA. Learning from industry professionals and seeing Kieran’s journey from MGA to performing in this production was truly inspiring. It has motivated me to pursue my dreams with even greater passion and determination.”

This visit reinforces MGA’s reputation as a leading institution for Performing Arts education that provides a platform for aspiring performers to remain in Scotland while studying at a level equivalent to prestigious London colleges. This year we move headquarters to a dedicated 30,000 square foot campus in Livingston, allowing us to triple our student intake and expand our educational programme, offering even more opportunity for students to start their professional journeys.

Part of MGA’s 2023 Spring/Summer Season!

Thursday 11th May 7.30pm, Friday 12th May 7.30pm, Saturday 13th May 2.30pm

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, LITTLE WOMEN – The Broadway Musical – follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend Professor Bhaer tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.

Presented by our graduating BA (Hons) Musical Theatre class of 2023.

Venue: Assembly Roxy Upstairs – 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Little Women: The Broadway Musical
Book by Allan Knee, Music by Jason Howland, Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein

Directed by Niloo-Far Khan
Musical Direction by Linda Stewart

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International
All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI
www.mtishows.co.uk

Part of MGA’s 2023 Spring/Summer Season!

Thursday 4th May 7.30pm, Friday 5th May 7.30, Saturday 6th May 2.30pm & 7.30pm

A radical re-imagining by playwright Evan Placey of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale, where civilised society meets seedy Soho in a thrilling collision of Victorian England with the here and now.

Presented by our graduating BA Hons Acting class of 2023.

Venue: Assembly Roxy Upstairs – 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Jekyll & Hyde by Evan Placey
Original author Robert Louis Stevenson

Directed by Becky Hope Palmer

Presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Part of MGA’s 2023 Spring/Summer Season!

Wednesday 10th May 7.30pm, Friday 12th May 2.30pm, Saturday 13th May 7.30pm

In this dynamic musical revue, the performers celebrate the music of Jerry Herman, highlighting the broad spectrum of thrilling material he wrote.

Presented by our graduating BA (Hons) Musical Theatre class of 2023.

Venue: Assembly Roxy Upstairs – 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU

Tickets £15 / £12 Concessions (+ online processing fee)

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Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Concepts by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento and Jerry Herman

Directed by Kris Harding
Musical Direction by Richard Lewis
Choreography by Laura Adam

This amateur production of JERRY’S GIRLS is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd.
www.concordtheatricals.co.uk

Published 30/6/23   1:32PM

Final audition call for Sept entry...

Apply for a course at The MGA Academy of Performing Arts and be part of something extraordinary! Final auditions for our full-time professional training courses will take place in Edinburgh on Sunday, 6th August. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of MGA history and be among the first… » Read more

Published 24/5/23   3:40PM

'Strictly' stars inspire next generation!

Our lucky Musical Theatre and Dance students were treated to an unforgettable experience as performers from Strictly Ballroom: The Musical took a break from touring and brought the glitz and glamour of ballroom dancing to life The MGA Academy of Performing Arts last week! Kevin Clifton, BBC Strictly Come Dancing… » Read more

Published 8/3/23   3:32PM

Intro to Acting Training coming soon!

MGA is delighted to offer for the first time a special weekend dedicated to anyone interested in professional training in acting. This workshop will offer an insight into the BA (Hons) Acting course offered by the MGA Academy of Performing Arts and will primarily focus upon the development of a… » Read more

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