Book Reviews

So, Your Child Wants to go to
Drama School?

Brilliant book. I read it cover to cover as soon as it arrived. it’s an essential for any parent who’s child aspires to going to Drama School. I can honestly say I wouldn’t have a clue without the help of this book.
Carolyn Swift (Facebook)

Concise, Informative and Practical – I bought 5 of these books for students considering attending drama/ musical theatre college in the UK. They have found the book absolutely excellent. Full off concise practical guidelines. Very well laid out. It really is a gold nugget of information. Best of luck for the future.
Mags O’Riordan (Amazon)


What a great book! This is a practical, easy to read guide for parents of young people who want to go to drama school, whether that’s to study Musical Theatre  or straight acting. It takes you right through, from the initial conversation when your child announces they want to go to drama school to the first day of term. There’s a very useful appendix with so much info to save you endless searching online. Laid out in tables, so easy to compare colleges and what they offer and their requirements.

For me personally, its such a long time since I went to drama school and did the rounds of auditions, rejections, recalls and finally acceptance that the system has completely changed. So when I advise parents and young people of options for drama school, I need to keep my knowledge up to date and not just think back to ‘my day’. This book will now always be on my desk ready to recommend to all parents of children wanting to take the drama school route.

Amanda has gone through it all with her son who is now a professional musical theatre performer and is sharing her first hand experience. She has also done so much research to make sure the reader embarks on the process of applying for drama school armed with everything they need. I love, LOVE that Amanda has highlighted the difference between University and drama school and how having a ‘Plan B’ is NOT a good idea. These are the things I find myself repeating to parents – If you have a ‘Plan B’, you’ll end up doing the ‘Plan B’!

The layout of the chapters means you can read it cover to cover or dip into the section you need. For example, when your child is writing their personal statement, you can follow Amanda’s guidance instead of staring at a blank page worrying! Her voice is refreshing and real and you come away feeling that you’re not alone as a parent stepping in to the void that is applying to drama school. This is a positive, realistic approach to what is a daunting quest for parents and their children destined for a career in the performing arts. I cannot recommend this book enough!
Shelley Norton – ‘The Talent Shack’ 

This is a superb book for parents with children aspiring to go to drama school. Full of informative tips, it’s well written , amusing and an easy read. Full of invaluable advice and information.
C. Walters (Amazon)

This book takes away a lot of the hard work and research that needs to be done when researching where or how your child is successfully going to apply to go to drama school. It walks you through the whole process covering the audition process, funding plus all the other things that need to be take in to account that you may not have thought of. The helpful tips together with the the humorous way that the author has written the book makes it fun to read.
S. R Oliver (Amazon)



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