London drama school to close

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Poor School no longer taking students

The Poor School, the London drama training centre has announced its closure.

The school, which has been in existence for 30 years as a low cost alternative to the capital’s drama schools, is no longer taking on new students and is expected to close after its final term in July 2018.

A statement on the school’s website reads: “The Poor School started in 1986, funded by a £2,000 overdraft. We currently have a full complement of students, first and second year, due to graduate in 2017 and 2018 respectively. “It has been decided that we will not have a new intake of students next year and the school will thus close, after 32 splendid years, in 2018.”

The Poor School was founded by actor and director Paul Caister and holds classes at evenings and weekends to enable students to train around their jobs.

Famous school alumni include Royal Exchange artistic director Sarah Frankcom and EastEnders star Jessie Wallace.

 

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