SONAR PRODUCTIONS

is run by Sophie Leigh and Natalie Warde. Between us, we have over 30 years’ teaching experience and have taught in a variety of different settings, from children aged 3 up to adults. Having taught at many organisations, we decided that it was time to put our love of drama, teaching and our passion for performance into our own company.

We focus on the key foundations of fun, inclusivity, confidence and communication through the medium of dance, singing, acting and, of course, lots and lots of games!

Our aim is for the children to come along to our course to produce a fabulous performance at the end of the week, whilst making new friends, challenging themselves and growing in confidence.

 

Natalie Warde

Originally from Taplow in Berkshire, Natalie Warde started her career as a performer while at school, writing, singing and playing guitar in the predominantly female punk-rock band Pimblico. Her teenage years were spent playing the Reading and London circuit and, with a signing and loyal following, Pimblico had radio play on the John Peel show and The Evening Session on Radio 1.

Natalie studied Music at Southampton University, focussing on performance, composition and arrangement. During this time, Natalie also enhanced her skills as a musical theatre performer with Showstoppers, with roles including Magenta in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Erma in Anything Goes. She developed her abilities as a contemporary singer and songwriter under the guidance of Ian Shaw in her final year. Natalie also began her career as a session singer during this time, fronting a number of bands and providing vocals for studio work. She formed another pop/rock band Chiquita, which included Anna Calvi on guitar in the line-up, and also sang in Soul Invention, a function band that included Joe Stilgoe.

After leaving university, Natalie performed as a solo artist, session singing and co-writing for various acts and performing original material on the London acoustic circuit.

Natalie spent a year in Europe, fronting a professional hotel band. During this time, she completed her self-released debut album, promptly signing a production and publishing deal. Her music has been used for various television advertising campaigns.

After finishing her teacher training in secondary Music and Drama in 2007, she studied for a Masters degree in Education at Sheffield Hallam University, focussing on the Music and Drama classroom. Natalie has worked at a range of schools and put on a number of shows, including as director (Much Ado About Nothing, Worst Witch, Matilda) and musical director (Aladdin, Blues Brothers, We Will Rock You, Return to The Forbidden Planet, West Side Story).

Natalie also had involvement with the British Council, running Drama and Music workshops for school projects in France, Bulgaria and Greece. She has also worked at specialist Performing Arts schools, running Drama and Musical Theatre workshops and classes. She has experience in teaching and preparing pupils for LAMDA and Trinity Guildhall examinations in Acting, Musical Theatre and Communication Skills. Natalie continues to write original music, especially enjoying writing for young performers.

Sophie Leigh

Sophie Leigh trained at the Guildford School of Acting, where she gained a BA (Hons). She has spent over 20 years in all forms of the business. Sophie’s first job was performing Shakespeare in Europe for 6 months. She has toured extensively over the UK with productions such as There goes the Bride, Strangers on a Train, Up Pompeii and Murder Mistaken, to name but a few.

She has been teaching in her ‘quiet’ moments since 2004, and has worked for many larger companies, gaining experience and perfecting her skills. Inspired by a local drama teacher, Sophie has always had the goal of setting up her own company and being able to direct her passion into her venture, and is excited that this has finally happened!

She relocated to Berkshire from London in 2016 and lives with her husband and daughter Ophelia, who has already performed in the West End show The Ferryman when only 5 months old.

Sophie now wants to share her experience with the younger generation and inspire them as she was herself as a young child.