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What Does MAKE  Offer?


The chance for young people aged 4-16 to learn theatre skills in a fun relaxed environment.


Regular showcases both informally at end of term and in theatres. 

The chance to develop valuable translatable skills; communication, public speaking, team building and problem solving.

A sense of community and friends from different schools and backgrounds who all share a love of theatre.

Plus...Holiday jobs for ambitious thespians looking for work experience.


For a copy of our Child Protection and child Safeguarding Policy click here.

Tara Day

Tara assisted Sophy at the Brewhouse for 4 years and runs Make Minis and Make First Act on Saturdays at Taunton School and runs after school sessions at Creech St Michael, and Make Lumiere at Galmington. After studying Performing Arts at Somerset College Tara is a primary school teaching assistant but will be starting in the Speech and Drama department at Taunton Prep School in September 2017. 


Nat Wilsher

Nat is a secondary school music teacher, following her role at Sky TV as a studio bookings co-ordinator. She has been involved in Make since it began, first as an assistant and now as a tutor. As a composer and music tutor for Make Theatre CIC she has written the music and lyrics for their last three shows which received great reviews and sell out status at Edinburgh Fringe 2014.

Kat Wilsher

Kat ran Make Centre Stage at Axe Valley CC for two years and now spearheads Make Talent Management. 

 She has directed for schools, local youth theatres, and for young adults with learning difficulties. She does free-lance work for arts organisations, offers private coaching in History and Drama and is a Director for Make Theatre CIC.


Hannah Carolan

Hannah has been our main choreographer  for two years and has a National Diploma in Performing Arts from Somerset College and has been on stage locally since she was tiny. She now runs Applause in Axminster, taking over from Nat in September 2017.



Freelance Professionals:

Keith Wallace (stage combat), Lauren Balloch (choreography), Beccy Swaine (photography),

Ben Baddoo (African drums) ,

Justin Fellows (African drums) , Louise Barratt (choreography) ,

Dan Gale (Film),

Liz Adams (creative writing) 

Vicky Hole (choreography)

Jules Bushell (creative sound)

Kitty Hillier (art)


sophy layzell 

Sophy set up MAdD (now MAKE) Easter 2010 as she believes the creative process is as important as the product. From a family of artists and designers, she graduated with a BA Fashion in 1996 then she set up her own business as a commercial artist. She has worked freelance for Somerset Art Works as a project co-ordinator and lead artist and as a freelance drama tutor for the Warehouse, Brewhouse and Octogan Theatre running their youth theatre groups. 

She is a Director of Make Theatre CIC and founder and Trustee of The Jemima Layzell Trust set up in 2013 in her daughters' memory to help young people with brain injury. Follow Sophy on twitter @maddsophy.


Our next showcase combining all our schools will be in March 2018.