About Light UP

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Light UP exists to provide value for money drama classes, and inventive performance opportunities to children aged 4-16 years old; through our three types of class; Light UP Class, Light UP Company and Light UP Advanced.

Our classes and teachers are welcoming and ready to support young people to shine both on the stage and off.

Build basic skills through class demonstrations and performances in our Light UP Classes.

Gain experience in performing in ambitious and engaging projects in our Light UP Companies

Develop performance skills in one of our Advanced Classes, which provide drama school-style training for budding actors. 



One hour lessons designed to boost confidence, encourage play and imagination.



For 7-16 year olds who want to learn more about acting through imaginative and diverse performance opportunities.



For budding young actors aged 7- 16 years who want to further their skills in drama and performance

How we started


Light UP was started by Rosanna Sloan after she noticed the lack of affordable drama classes and training for children in and around Southampton, Hampshire, in November 2014. So Light UP began in Hamble.

Since then we have grown quickly and have the pleasure of working with over 300 young people each week, and even more through our parties and workshops. We run classes and workshops across Hampshire from Emsworth to Dibden Purlieu in Southampton, Fareham, Eastleigh, Gosport and more.

Our engaging and dynamic classes are open to 4-16 year olds, and are ideal for building young people's confidence, helping them to develop their creativity and communication skills, and to encourage them to have fun and make friends.

All our drama classes are taught by experienced workshop facilitators.

Meet the team here. 

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What makes Light UP different?

  • Light UP is a registered charity.

  • We are linked to a professional, working theatre company

  • Our companies and academies perform ambitious and challenging shows, such as site-specific promenade shows and original productions.

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Light UP is the education arm of theatre company Unexpected Places. Unexpected Places is a community-driven theatre company that creates performances in and from unexpected places.  

Find out more about Unexpected Places.

If you have any questions about Light UP, please get in touch

We can't wait to hear from you!


My son absolutely loves being a part of this. His confidence has increased ten-fold, and I cannot stress how wonderful this experience is for him.

My son's class teacher talks about his imagination, and the passion that he has in his written work and how it has developed over the last year, which I believe is down to your support. I cannot recommend your group highly enough.

Fantastic group, lovely staff. My daughter can't wait to go each week. She does moan at me that she can only go once a week though!

 Amanda - Bitterne Park Company

 Becky - Light UP Gosport 

Avril - Light UP Gosport

My daughter was really confident, projected her voice and acted well in the school play.  I thought I was being biased but quite a few people commented to me after how good she was. 

The classes cater for all abilities - there's plenty of fun, which is enough for some children, but for others who want to develop there's opportunity, including structured exams. A great mix.The performances are really special and are something we'll all remember for many years. 

My daughter’s confidence has grown so much since joining Light up. She looks forward to going every week and has made some great friends

 Laura - Warsash Company

 Sally - Emsworth Company

 Faye - Light UP Warsash