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SOMERSTAGE is a well established and vibrant Musical Theatre School, based at The McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater. With over 15 years experience in the world of professional Musical Theatre, Lisa Bonser, Tim Bonser and Dean Brammall are bringing the essential ingredients of The West End to the West Country. Learn to dance, act and sing to a professional standard and become the all round triple threat performer you have always dreamed of. Combine your passion with fun and learn all the tricks of the trade with those who have worked in the industry in shows such as Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, Spamalot, South Pacific and Jackie The Musical. Take part in our yearly full scale Musical production shows. Get the chance to work professionally by auditioning for our associated children's agency Bijou Talent. Join us for our wonderful West End workshops.





Somerstage was created by Lisa and Tim Bonser to bring the highest quality training in Musical Theatre to young people in Somerset. Closely assisted by Dean Brammall,our mission is to bring a wealth of experience gained over the course of working professionally for 15 years to the next generation of performers.

With credits such as Spamalot (West End), Mamma Mia (International tour), Peaky Blinders (Movement Director), Jersey Boys (Dubai/Asia Tour), South Pacific (UK Tour) and Playing in Sir Cliff Richard's Band, this team are able to bring together all the tips, tricks and techniques guaranteed to make you a better performer and gain a head start in this competitive field. 

With strong industry connections, such as our affiliation with Bijou Talent agency, we are able to offer students opportunities to work professionally at a young age. Our large pool of friends and colleagues that are still working in the industry allow us to bring in guest teachers of the highest quality. 




We are delighted to announce Nadine Coyle as our patron of Somerstage Theatre School!

The patronage honours Nadine Coyle’s journey, from young performer in a small town in Derry, Ireland to an international pop sensation. The young girl who's dreams became a reality!


Nadine is best known as being a member of the globally renowned girl band ‘Girls Aloud’. Nadine and the band achieved a string of twenty consecutive top ten singles in the United Kingdom, including four number ones. They also achieved seven certified albums, of which two reached number one. They have been nominated for five Brit Awards, winning the 2009 Best Single for "The Promise".

Nadine is regularly updated on what our students are up to at Somerstage and is a huge supporter of their work and development. Nadine believes strongly in supporting the arts, especially in smaller, rural areas, to give support to those with a passion for performing outside of bigger cities. She shares our vision in creating opportunities for young people that may have previously been difficult to pursue. Nadine is looking forward to seeing the growth of the students and school.

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