Syon Performing Arts
Youth Theatre - Australia

About Us

Syon Performing Arts Pty Ltd T/A Acting Antics (SPA) is a performance based theatre company that empowers and encourages students to become individuals while working in a group environment in pursuit of shared goals.

Deborah & Paul Percy

Paul & Deborah Percy, Directors of Syon Performing Arts, and owners of Acting Antics International.

SPA provides the "Acting Antics" performance based innovative skill based program encompassing ‘Self Discovery through Performance™’ through the medium of live theatre. This delivers an effective outcome that nurtures the individual, builds confidence, sharpens communication skills and improves knowledge while developing the use of ‘everyday’ language skills; all elements that help to build future school and community “leaders”.

A balanced education system is one that provides children with a curriculum that not only meets a child’s academic and intellectual needs but allows for and encourages personal, social and emotional development, while developing the necessary life skills to assist a child to meet the challengers of today's learning environment.

At SPA we are not just concerned with the process but with the final product. We believe in the importance of the learning process having a final outcome. Goals need to be set and achieved. When a positive outcome is achieved under pressure, the excitement and exhilaration experienced is a joy for all involved.

Children relish the opportunity to perform for others. Some times the anticipation of the performance is the most exciting part! Acting Antics productions offer all students the opportunity to perform live, in costume and makeup for friends, family and the school community.

Acting Antics empowers students to explore, discover and participate in learning multi faceted skills while experiencing real performance based outcomes that are objective, meaningful and quantifiable.

Business philosophy

Acting Antics philosophy is to provide an innovative skill based learning process encompassing ‘self discovery though performance’ through the medium of stage that delivers an effective outcome that nurtures the individual, builds confidence, sharpens  communication skills and improves knowledge while developing the use of ‘everyday’ language skills; all elements that help to build future school and community “leaders”.

Deborah Percy

Deborah is well known for her passion and energy which she gives unstintingly to her work and to those she works with. This passion and energy drives her to ensure all our budding actors commit to achieving the company’s mission statement “Self Discovery through Performance”

Melbourne

Deborah’s broad career as an opera singer, musical theatre and cabaret performer, presenter, motivational speaker, keynote speaker, workshop tutor and drama/singing teacher has provided her with experience, knowledge and wisdom that has been the foundation stone for the development of the Acting Antics syllabus and concepts.

Deborah has taught singing, drama and communication skills in many schools in New Zealand and Australia, some of the most prestigious being Hadlow Preparatory School, Solway College, Brighton Grammar School, Mentone Girls’ Grammar School and Wesley College.  Deborah specializes in teaching vocal pedagogy, vocal development and technique, performance skills and audition & role preparation.  Deborah is an experienced exponent of the Voicecraft and Estill methods of teaching and teaches both AMEB and VCE solo performance syllabus.  

Paul Percy

Paul began his love of theatre at an early age, but writing and directing plays for children came later in life. Paul's inspiration has largely come from his wife Deborah, who is the Founder/Artistic Director of Acting Antics International.

Paul has amassed a large body of work that includes short stories and over 50 children’s plays and musicals. His work has been performed by theatre companies and schools in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

                                         

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