We are Jacqui Ham and Angela Lockhart-Dibble – drama facilitators with expertise in theatre and psychology. We promote emotional well-being through drama, offering workshops filled with improvisation, imagination and fun.
Since establishing Acting Out in 2013, we have seen many, many wonderful children – quiet or loud, assured or nervous – grow their confidence and skills through the wonderful world of drama.
We believe all children should have the opportunity to ‘act out’.
Creative Freedom for Kids
Our workshops are a welcoming environment where children can express themselves, explore their imaginations, develop their social skills and build confidence. We like to see it as drama for creative and social development – children see it as great fun!
Something for Everyone
Regular children’s drama workshops are available in Southville and we host special theatrical events across Bristol throughout the year. We are drama providers for many community groups and partner with the Bristol Shakespeare Festival as their education outreach team.
We are proud to donate 5% of profits to Dramatic Need, a creative arts charity empowering vulnerable children in rural and poorly served areas of Africa. Dramatic Need uses drama, art, music and film-making to help young people build hope and self-belief in the face of conflict, trauma and hardship.
Jacqui Ham - Cofounder
As an actor, a drama facilitator and a mum, I passionately believe that drama can improve children’s confidence as well as providing endless fun. Making a difference through the Acting Out workshops is a joy.
Before cofounding Acting Out, I facilitated adult and children’s drama workshops with various organisations and drama companies. Having graduated from London’s Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA), I have worked professionally as an actor and I am a full member of Equity (UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners).
Angela Lockhart-Dibble - Cofounder
As a psychologist and a mum, I am very aware of the skills and confidence that benefit a child in today’s society. I passionately believe that Acting Out gives children the building blocks to begin this journey. Drama is a safe medium for children to express themselves, helping to develop communication skills, self-esteem and social confidence.
As well as being a qualified psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), I have studied drama, worked with the Redgrave Theatre and have extensive experience working in Bristol schools. I have worked as an inclusion mentor, a pastoral worker and a behaviour therapist.
Johanna Byron - Collaborator
Jo is a theatre practitioner and drama graduate with a deep-seated passion for performance.
She is founder and producer of collaborative theatre company Up The Ante. Her freelance career includes working as stage manager for the Stars of Magic at the Redgrave, and as part of the Bristol Shakespeare Festival. She has worked to facilitate theatre workshops with adults and young people since 2011, working with Stagecoach Performing Arts Schools, Bigfoot Arts Education, and touring workshops to international language schools.
Chris Yapp - Collaborator
Chris trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
His theatre credits as an actor, include 1599 – A Year in The Life Of William Shakespeare (Bristol Shakespeare Festival), Room for One (Blue Brook Productions), Twelfth Night/Much ado about Nothing UK Tour (GB Theatre), Ghost Train (Angelhair /JDJB Productions), Merchant of Venice (Everyman Theatre Company), The Magic Tree (Lawrence Batley Theatre) and Sing A Song Of Sixpence UK Tour (BBC Playdays).
Chris directed Aladdin BS3/Southville Cinderella (Acting Out) and Rude Awakenings (Brassworks/Stroud Theatre Festival). His radio and voice over credits include Invitation to the Waltz, Windsor Jewels, and Drawing The Line (BBC Radio). His TV and film credits include The Golden Hour (BBC1) and Red Funnel Ferry (Promotional Video).
Emily Baker - Volunteer
As a drama and creative writing graduate from the University of the West of England, Emily possesses an enthusiasm for teaching future generations important life skills gained through participating in drama.
Emily is currently a teaching assistant at various nurseries and schools throughout Bristol, working with children aged 2 to 17 years. In the past, she has collaborated with the Earthfall Dance group and Physical Theatre Company and she is a skilled ballroom and Latin dancer. This experience has helped her understand a wide range of theatre techniques ideal for teaching to children, as well as rhythm and physical movements skills.