Stage is set for new classes in Grantham held by axed drama teacher

New drama group being run by Fiona Kimberley-Pope
New drama group being run by Fiona Kimberley-Pope
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A drama teacher who lost her part-time job funded by the district council has a new role.

Fiona Kimberley-Pope is running new drama classes at Grantham Museum for six to 18-year-olds, and is inviting budding young actors to join her.

The new youth drama group holds its first meeting on Thursday.

The group is being run as a co-operative by parents and children and a first committee meeting was held last week.

Mrs Kimberley-Pope said: “I am very excited about our future plans.

“We hope to perform at one of the Gravity Fields venues later this year and our goal for 2015 is to take a group of children to the Edinburgh Fringe, which will be an absolutely amazing experience.”

The new group is being lauched six weeks after Mrs Kimbereley-Pope said farewell to members of the youth drama group she ran at the Guildhall Arts Centre in Grantham for 14 years.

She held three sessions a week for different age group members of Down 2 Earth (D2E), for youngsters aged eight and over.

She lost her position after a re-organisation of the way South Kesteven District Council ran the group.

Paul Stokes, the council’s head of community assets, said the D2E group would continue and the staffing restructure would help the group run more efficiently.

But parents were upset by Mrs Kimberley-Pope’s departure and some of them are backing the new group.

Mother-of-three Mrs Kimberley-Pope said she was stunned and “absolutely mortified” to be told by letter she was losing the job after 14 years’ service,

But she said this week she was overwhelmed by the support of parents who are backing the new group.

She said: “The support has touched my heart and I am delighted I will still be able to be involved in helping young people in the commuity to develop their social skills and dramatic talents.

The classes at the museum are from 5-6pm on Thursday for children age 5-12, price £3, and £4 for a two-hour class from 6-8pm for 12-18-year-olds.

Fiona also teaches youth drama on Saturday afternoons at St Mary’s Churh parish rooms. For more details call Fiona on 07801 354641.