Welcome to Swish of the Curtain

We are the South Coast’s leading part-time theatre school, which is why more people choose us to train their children than anyone else!

Every new student is entitled to a 2 week taster course to make sure Swish is the right place for you!

We currently run classes in Bournemouth, Christchurch, New Milton, Poole, Ringwood, Southbourne and Winton.

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Swish boasts some of the best tutors in the area in all aspects of the Performing Arts. We are unrivalled in the shows, opportunities and professional engagements that we offer.

“I have always believed that children should be given every opportunity to fulfil their dreams and my school is proud to train not just those with natural talent, but those with passion and enthusiasm as well.

Yes, it is important that talent is nurtured, but equally important is ‘creating’ the hidden star within every child which enables them to succeed, not only in the industry, but in life itself…their future.”

Tina Witham, Principal

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“The teachers and assistants are incredible, so loving and caring, they really go above and beyond with their support and assistance with the children. I’d highly recommend Swish.”
Elisha Homer, Facebook

“…absolutely amazing! You showed us what substance and depth you have as a group!”

Tamzin Outhwaite, Actress
“Quite simply outstanding!”
Daily Echo
“Wow! What a performance!”
Bradley Walsh
“I knew Swish would give it their all. If it’s possible to do such a thing, I think they gave even more than that!”
Linda Kirkman, Scene One
“Such a professional show. Loved the sets, the band, the costumes and the enthusiasm of the actors. Well done to all!”
Julie Trimmer, Facebook
“Wow! You are going to be one tough act to beat!”
Duncan James, Channel 5

Latest News

Ferndown Opening

NEW CLASSES AT BARRINGTON THEATRE, FERNDOWN Saturday mornings from the 30th April 2022 Ages 3 - 7 & 8 - 14 USE PROMO CODE: 'fern22' for a half price Taster Course. With over 30 years [...]

Acting For Screen

Lights, Camera, Action… There are many differences between acting for screen and acting for the stage, we will be identifying those differences in great detail starting with useful terminology and understanding how to adapt the [...]


OUR SUMMER SCHOOLS ARE NOW 80% RESERVED! Get in quick to avoid disappointment - head over to COURSES to book your place today 🙂

Swishmas Advent Calendar 2020

It's that time of year again and we're super excited here at Swish to be once again running our annual 25 days of Swishmas! WHAT DID WE DO LAST YEAR? Here's an idea of what [...]

Christmas Filming

CHRISTMAS PARTY: With the current Covid restrictions, we want to do our best to make you feel a part of our Swish family as much as possible. On the last week of term, we will [...]

Welcome Dominic Clarson

Dominic Clarson Dominic, who is the son of Founder, Tina Witham, has been treading the boards since he could walk! Taking part in countless amateur productions as a youngster at Swish, before gaining a scholarship [...]