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Lizzie Frances BA (HONS) MSTSD

Bertie and Betsy was created in 'Lockdown 2020' by Actor, Director and Pure Drama Theatre School Principal Lizzie Frances for her new baby 'Bertie'

Training: National Youth Theatre, Birmingham School of Speech and Drama.
Theatre Credits include: The Wicked Queen-Snow White (Octagon Theatre)The Spirit of the Ring-Aladdin (Octagon Theatre) Fairy Godmother- Cinderella (Octagon Theatre) Mrs Darling, Myrtle the Mermaid, Big Chief Squatting Cow- Peter Pan (Octagon Theatre)Fairy Tale-Beauty and the Beast (UK Tour) Fairy Moonbeam-Sleeping Beauty(Octagon Theatre) Melody- Pirates of the Pavilion and Pirates of the Pavilion the sequel (The Weymouth Pavilion) The Wicked Witch-The Children's Variety Adventure (UK Tour) The Spirit of the Ring-Aladdin (Octagon Theatre) Sharon-Girls Night (No 1 UK Tour) Aladdin- Aladdin (Winsford Theatre) The Wicked Witch-The Childrens Variety Performance (UK Tour) Kate-Girls Night (Durham Gala Theatre) Elf- The Night before Christmas (The Ambassadors Theatre, West End and Horsham Capitol Theatre) Kate-Girls Night (The New Vic Theatre and UK Tour) Sophie Ce Soir-HA HA Hitler! (Croydon Warehouse and UK Tour) Claire-Six Minute Theatre (Bridewell Theatre) Elf- Rolf Harris and Friends (Fairfield Halls, Croydon) The Monster in the Mine(Portsmouth Historic Dockyards) Puck-A Midsummers Night Dream (Portsmouth Theatre Royal) Louise-Martha, Josie and The Chinese Elvis (Bournemouth Pier Theatre) Fairy Bowbells-Dick Whittington (Doncaster Civic) Harry-Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs (UK No 1 Tour) Fairy Beansprout-Jack and the Beanstalk (Octagon Theatre) U/S Beth, Jo, Meg and Amy- Little Women(UK No 1 Tour) Claire-Morning Glory (Bridewell Theatre) The Rainbow Fish-The Rainbow Fish (UK Tour) Jo/Mum-Too Much Punch for Judy (TIE Tour) Gwen-Catchy! (Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh)​

TV and Film Credits include:  Patricia- Seconds from Disaster (National Geographic) Crazy Woman- Exorcism (SKY Advert) Lady Lucan-Murder Casebook Series 2 (Sky TV) Judy Garland-Pop Icon, Binary Lines, May Day, A bit of a Pickle, Science, Tea for Two, The Simple Truth and The Truth Hurts (Bournemouth Media School) plus various school teachers in commercials for Nokia and Telsis.

Writing and Directing Credits include: Beauty and the Beast (UK Tour) Scrumdiddlyumptious, And the Winner is, Lights Camera Action, Annie-the first night farce (The Octagon Theatre) Is this my Story? (The Shelley Theatre)  The Tempest, Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Sutton Theatre) Macbeth (The Charles Cryer Theatre) ​Lizzie has written the Pure Drama Theatre School Acting, Performing and Bertie & Betsy Syllabus.

Lizzie has successfully prepared pupils for LAMDA exams, drama festivals and has secured places for many of her students at top London drama schools. 


Lizzie lives in Bournemouth with her husband Paul ,their children Tilly, Teddy, Bertie and their Cockapoo Paddington and Romanian Recuse Dotty.

Melanie began her career in music some 17 years ago by running classes for the Poole franchise of Jo Jingles.  She ran her classes in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Ferndown areas, together with providing birthday parties across Dorset.


Melanie also planned, organised and ran Summer sessions during the holidays.


During this time, she developed many long-lasting friendships and a strong interest in how music played an important part of children’s development.


In 2018, Melanie moved on and joined a private nursery in Bournemouth. After studying for 2 years, she became a qualified Nursery Practitioner gaining a CACHE level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator). Alongside this Melanie holds a Level 2 certificate in Child Protection, together with various other qualifications in relation to child development and protection in the early years.

Melanie Riding

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