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Sunday 03 August 2014

Dakota Blue Richards Helps New Brighton Acting School To Search For The Next ‘Golden’ Star

A new acting school backed by Dakota Blue Richards, the star of The Golden Compass film, that will give children and teenagers the training to work professionally in stage and screen, has been set up in Brighton. 

The Young Actors Group will run weekly two hour drama classes for children and teenagers aged 8 -16 in Brighton and the South East.

The vision of the group is to equip young actors with the confidence and character to succeed in the acting business and beyond. founder, Ben Murray-Watson said: 

"We have a unique curriculum looking at all aspects of acting, from film and stage acting to writing and improvisation. 

"With just 16 young actors per class they can all be guaranteed the individual attention they need." 

As a father himself, he is keen to give a full support and consultancy service to all the parents whose children attend. 

Ben added

"The acting world is full of complexities and we want to make sure parents feel supported at every stage of their child"s development as an actor."

The Young Actors Group is backed by actress, Dakota Blue Richards, who at the age of 11 won the role of Lyra in The Golden Compass.

Dakota Blue Richards added: 

"I'm so proud to be part of this group that will offer young people the opportunity to learn and prepare for the world of professional acting."

The Young Actors Group will be launching this summer with auditions at the Emporium Theatre on August 17th and 23rd with a view to starting classes in September 2014.

A term costs £172.00 and The Young Actors Group are looking to enter into partnerships with local businesses to support parents who can"t afford the full fees.

If you would like to get in touch about this or to book a place on the auditions then go to for more information and drop an email to 

by: Mike Cobley


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