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Former pupil success! 

Congratulations to former Culloden Academy Drama student Jessica Gallagher who has just graduated from The Bridge Acting School in London – we can’t wait to see what comes next for you and wish you the very best of luck! Keep your eyes peeled everyone for this very talented girl! 


Thank you cards

The Culloden Academy puppeteers had a full mail bag today: thank you cards and drawings from  some of the P1 and Nursery audiences that they visited on their tour. There were some lovely comments (and super drawings!) which confirmed that the puppet tour was a resounding success!!!

Our own Rector, Dr Vance, was also super impressed with the feedback and praised the students for their hard work and commitment.

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Well done everyone, and we can’t wait for the shadow puppetry Hallowe’en show!



Author Teri Terry has launched a nationwide competition for the creation of a trailer to promote her latest teenage novel, Mind Games! Keen? Here’s what you need to do…

Step 1: Read Mind Games

Step 2: Film and edit a trailer

Step 3: Upload it to YouTube then post a link in the comments section of Teri’s blog, link below.


What is the prize?

Mainland UK entries: an event by me at your school or library. One set of my signed books (Mind Games, Slated, Fractured and Shattered), bookmarks, and a card written by me and signed to each of those who took part in making the trailer.

When does it take place?

It is open NOW! And closes on 30th September 2015.

Who can enter?

Anyone! There will be one prize for Mainland UK entries, and one prize for the rest of the world. You can be a reading group, a book group, an English class, a few friends, or an individual. But you do have to nominate a school or a library for the Mainland UK prize, as detailed below.

A few hints…

  • A book trailer should make people want to read the book, without giving too much of the plot away.
  • Short and snappy is good: less than a minute or two is usually best.

The picky stuff:

  • My publisher, Orchard Books, and myself will choose the winners. Our decision is final. There may be more prizes, at our discretion.
  • Please don’t use stuff you don’t have rights to – so for eg, don’t use music, images or footage that you need permission to use.
  • In your comments posting the link to your trailer, please say the country you live in, and your school or library.
  • The event for the Mainland UK winner by me will be at a mutually agreed date and location, and will include a talk and Q&A for up to an hour, and a book signing session.
  • I may remove links to any trailers deemed offensive, at my discretion.
  • By entering and posting a link to your trailer, you are giving permission for my publisher and me to use the trailer as we see fit.

BFI summer school 


After a visit from BFI’s Tristan last week, lots of you have expressed an interest in attending the film school in the summer. The good news is the deadline has been extended – but because the dates had to be changed. Please head over to their site using the link below to check these, and if it still suits, then what are you waiting for? Details for applying are on the site! Go for it!



The Culloden Academy Puppetry Club are now more than halfway through their ‘tour’ around our feeder primaries. The audience has been made up of a mix of nursery and Primary 1 pupils. With several performances now under their belt the puppeteers are going from strength to strength with amazing audience response so far! Their most recent visit to Duncan Forbes Primary was a real highlight (see below)

The tour concludes on Friday 12th June at Smithton Primary which we wish them well for. What will these puppeteers get up to next? Keep your eyes peeled for new ventures after the summer holidays!



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Over the past three years, several of our pupils have represented the school as Eden Court Creative Ambassadors. Their job has been to keep our school up to date with events and productions at Eden Court and to ensure that we are getting the best possible provision of performing arts in our community. We are now in a position where all of our Ambassadors have left and so, we are recruiting new ones!

Full details of what the role entails can be found here;

Ambassadors FAQs 2015

And if you’re interested, the application form can be found here;

Ambassadors Application Form 2015

Deadline for applicants is 15th June so you haven’t got long!


 Culloden Hairspray Cast

Tickets are still available for ‘Hairspray The Musical’ at Culloden Academy on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

This 50+ bunch of S1-S6 pupils are just so super talented – you would be crazy to miss their performance! Tickets available at the school office by calling 01463 790851 or via our online booking system here

See you in the audience!!!!


Former Culloden Academy Drama student, Roddy MacDonald, has just completed his 2 year training course at The American Musical Theatre Academy of London….and has walked straight into his first performing job! Roddy has landed a contract at Disneyland Paris and will be heading out there in June until February 2016. A huge well done from all of us here at Culloden – we couldn’t be prouder!

Look out for Roddy who will be making a very special return visit to Culloden Academy soon!!!

Looking for drama training? 

People ask us all the time which drama school is the best. According to an article in The Stage, it is apparently The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

The truth is, there are lots of great drama schools but they won’t suit every individual. Do your research, visit the place, and get a feel for it. You’ll know what’s right for you!!! 

Hop on over to our Further Training page to have a look at what’s on offer in Scotland, England and around the world. 


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