If you have a passion for Theatre and want to know what its really like in front of the stage and behind the scenes then Sutton and District Training offer a great Performing Arts Course


Sutton and District Training are working in partnership with the newly reopened Charles Cryer Theatre offering a new opportunity for young people to achieve a qualification in Performing Arts.

Some of the skills you will learn on the course include:

  • Backstage Theatre Skills
  • Creating Dance, Drama, Music & Lyrics
  • Creating Sets and Stages
  • Makeup for Performance
  • DJ Skills
  • Rehearsing for a production
  • Music Theatre Skills

Including many more skills you will learn to provide you with a broad introduction to the Performing Arts sector, equipping you with underpinning knowledge and skills specific to the sector alongside a range of transferable employability skills.


Charles Cryer Theatre – History

The Charles Cryer Theatre

Prior to becoming a theatre the building was used as a roller skating rink from 1900-1912 and a cinema from 1912-1939.

The Charles Cryer Theatre is located in the High Street of Carshalton, it is named after a man who led a campaign to open The Seacombe Theatre in neighbouring Sutton.

In 1991 it was opened by Prince Edward, it closed in 2016 but then reopened in 2019 under new management.

Some of the productions have included ‘Steel Magnolias’, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘The Tempest’ and ‘The Witches of Eastwick’.


The Importance of Performing Arts and the different roles you can get involved in:

Getting involved in Performing Arts can help students gain self esteem, become more confident, develop a strong sense of individualism and help them figure out which particular area in Performing Arts they want to excel in.

Entering onto a Performing Arts Course doesn’t necessarily mean you have pursue a professional career in this field, participating in dramatic / musical  courses can help you develop skills that are a necessity in today’s workplaces, inspiring great creativity, learning to work as part of a team and create strong communication skills.

There are many roles you can enter into in the Performing Arts field:

  • Actor
  • Dancer
  • Singer
  • Costume/Set Designer
  • Script Writer
  • Makeup Artist
  • Camera Man/Woman
  • Prop Maker
  • Choreographer
  • Director
  • Lighting Designer
  • Front of House

There are so many more opportunities in the Performing Arts field these are just a few of the job roles.


If you would like to enter onto the Performing Arts Course that Sutton and District Training offer then please contact us

If you would like a bit more information about the course see Performing Arts Course