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Somerstage is delighted to have an exclusive affiliation with Bijou Talent for the Southwest. All students can audition for representation but will need to have a formal offer made by agency founder Francesca Leyland if successful.

There will be at least one audition a year for the agency. 


Students will then be submitted for appropriate professional work in Theatre, TV and Film.   

Our students have already performed in the touring productions of Les Miserables and Waitress, Nintendo's Christmas Advert and Sex Education (Netflix).

Francesca Leyland


 Bijou Talent is a leading talent agency for children. After many years performing in the West End and teaching, I decided to combine my skills and experience to form an agency dedicated to finding young stars of the future.  Bijou Talent is delighted to be a member of the AYPA – The Agents of Young Performers Association.  With a wealth of experience in teaching various disciplines including musical theatre, ballet, tap, modern and singing, I pride myself in being able to spot the very best talent. All children are auditioned to be part of the agency.

Our current Bijou clients can be spotted in TV shows such as The Crown (Netflix), The Beaker Girls (CBBC), The Midwich Cuckoos (SKY), and in various theatre productions such as Matilda (London), Mary Poppins (London), Les Miserables (UK Tour) and Waitress The Musical (UK Tour).  Clients are also featured in the following commercials for brands such as ASDA, LIDL, John Lewis, LEGO, Nintendo, Veg Power, NSPCC, Three Mobile and many more!

Francesca originates from the Shetland Islands. She trained at the Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow and ArtsEd, London gaining a BA (hons) degree in Musical Theatre. 


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