The Friends of Centre Stage…

Friends Of Centre Stage (FOCS) is one of our proudest achievements from the last 12 years. It was established in 2016 by a group of parents with the intention of raising funds to increase the opportunities offered to young people in performing arts.

Since then, we have raised many thousands of pounds – all of which has been reinvested into ALL the students at Centre Stage through our productions, showcases and workshops. We have been able to offer reduced fees, bursary spaces and higher quality performances to 1000’s of young people in this time.

We’ve just recently appointed a new committee and we’re keen to continue to raise funds to enhance the work of the Centre Stage Family and help give even more children the chance to shine.

We plan to hold lots of events throughout our the year at our academies and within the local community.

Chairperson – Daniel Johnson

Joint Secretary – Nicola Wilson and Claire Hatherly

Treasurer – Alison Dawkins

Bexleyheath Reps: Gemma Smith and Lauren Hall

Gravesend Mon Rep: Melanie Johnson

Medway Rep: Jane Ramsey

Northfleet Rep: Justyna Pochowska

Orpington Rep: Susan Martin

If you would like more information about how our funding is used or to make a donation please contact us directly at

The Friends of Centre Stage is a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1201041)

Click here to donate!


Without friends of centre stage as a part time working, single mum. My daughter would not have been able to benefit from such a fantastic holiday club, this also meant mum could work and not have to take unpaid leave during the break. Thank you so much.
Lydia – September 2022

My son attended Centre Stage in the summer holidays. He was able to attend for a full week thanks to the help of the funding FOCCS provided. Albert absolutely loved the week and I saw a huge change in him, he enjoyed it so much that he has now joined Centre Stage and attends every Saturday. He has really come out his shell and is so much more confident. He looks forward to attending his drama club.

The week he attended also helped me as his mum. I had to work and the hours they had him made a massive difference and the fact he wasn’t just stuck at home on his iPad or watching TV was amazing. Many Thanks.
Billiejean – October 2022

My daughter was lucky enough to be offered a fully funded spot at Summer School last year. She had such an amazing week with Centre Stage. I could see her confidence growing everyday. I wish she went to school everyday with the enthusiasm she had every morning going to Centre Stage. As a single parent being offered a fully funded place was a blessing and I was able to tell my child that she could go to a programme she had her heart set on.

I will be eternally grateful to Centre Stage for that week and all the encouragement and support they have gave to my daughter during that time.
Bethan – August 2022