Free course at MGA

Jul 17 2017 | By More

Free course for young male performers

The MGA Academy of Performing Arts is inviting budding young male performers for a week of free classes, workshops and question-and-answer sessions.

The Balgreen-based academy is holding Boys Scholarship Week to encourage more boys into the industry. It is aimed at those aged 14 and over and will be held over five days, Monday 24 to Friday 28 July, 2018.

Murray Grant, co-founder of MGA Academy

Those who attend Boys’ Scholarship Week will be given the opportunity to have fun while learning some tricks of the trade from guest tutors and staff from The MGA Academy.

MGA recently became the first full-time professional training academy in Scotland to be awarded accreditation by CDET, the UK’s quality assurance and membership body for the professional dance, drama and musical theatre industries.

It was co-founded in 2005 by choreographer Murray Grant and director Andrew Gowland to provide a platform for aspiring performers to remain in Scotland while studying at a level equivalent to prestigious London colleges.

Murray Grant says: “I wanted to organise a project like this to give boys the opportunity to come along and meet others that share the same interests whilst learning more about acting, dancing and singing.”

thriving careers

Many of MGA’s male graduates have gone on to secure thriving careers in the commercial performing arts. Thomas Doherty is now working for Disney and Fergal McGoff is performing in London’s West End.

Grant added: “We’d like to encourage more boys to consider pursuing careers in the industry.

“When I was growing up, I was always the only boy in drama classes and I wish opportunities like Boys’ Scholarship Week had been available then.”

The week is completely free to attend, but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Listings and Links

Those interested in attending Boys’ Scholarship Week at The MGA Academy should call 0131 466 9392 or email

MGA Academy:
Facebook: themgaacademy.
Twitter: @themgaacademy.

MGA spin-off: The Beyond Broadway Experience is staging Fame at the King’s this week:

Fame – The Musicale.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ
Friday 21/Saturday 22 July 2017.
Evenings: 7.30pm, Saturday matinee: 2.30pm.

MGA is staging two full productions for the duration of this year’s fringe:

Five Kinds of Silence
C too, St Columba’s by the Castle, Johnston Terrace/Victoria Terrace, EH1 2PW (Venue 4)
Thursday 3 – Monday 28 August 2017
Daily: 7.10pm (1 hour 15 mins)
Tickets and details:

The Great American Trailer Park Musical
C too, St Columba’s by the Castle, Johnston Terrace/Victoria Terrace, EH1 2PW (Venue 4)
Thursday 3 – Monday 28 August 2017
Daily: 8.40pm (1 hour 35 mins)
Tickets and details:


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