The Lockdown Challenge.


The Covid-19 crisis and Government advice on social distancing, means our doors must sadly stay closed for the foreseeable future.

With this in mind, we have launched THE LOCKDOWN CHALLENGE that will run throughout the summer term and we would LOVE your child/teen to get involved!

The Lockdown Challenge is open to ALL current TF students and other children and teens AND their local friends who are also interested in taking part.

It will be split into three stages with each stage running for 4 weeks of the summer term.

To make our Lockdown Challenge even more exciting, we are thrilled to announce our fantastic panel of industry guest stars who will be judging each stage.


Acting Challenge
– Take part NOW –

Launch: Monday 22 June
Deadline: Monday 13 July
Results announced: Friday 17 July

Singing Challenge
– Completed –

Launched: Monday 25 May

View the winning submissions here!

Dance Challenge
– Completed –

Launched: Wednesday 29 April

View the winning submissions here!

Our Judges



Lorraine is an established TV & Film actress, best known for currently playing the character of Karen Taylor in the BBC soap opera “Eastenders”. In 2018 she won “Best Newcomer” at the Soap Awards for her portrayal of the character.



Alexia is a well known leading singer and actress and is currently playing the role of Miriam in the West End Disney show “The Prince of Egypt”. Other West End leading credits include Elphaba in “Wicked”, Eponine in “Les Miserables”, Nala in “The Lion King” & Nabulungi in “The Book of Mormon”.



Oliver is a successful “triple threat” West End performer best known for his portrayal of Fiyero in the musical “Wicked” and for playing the role of Galileo in the Smash hit “We Will Rock You”. He is currently rocking out in “& Juliet” at The Shaftsbury Theatre in London’s West End, playing the lead male role William Shakespeare.

The Prizes

  • One Term’s Free Tuition
  • Special Event Performance
  • Trophies & Cerificates

Those placed, “first”, “second” and “third” in each age group and category will be announced at the end of each stage. All those placed “first” will be invited to perform their winning submission at a special event planned for when we are able to resume our classes. At this event, certificates will be awarded and the overall Junior and Senior Lockdown Challenge winners will be announced, each receiving a trophy and one term’s free tuition for the Take Flight Academy strand of their choice – a fantastic prize!

How does it work?

Using the training videos provided by our teachers, and the health and safety information available on our website, we invite your child/teen to submit their video entries.

To make it fair, entries will be split into five age groups and considered by our judging panel accordingly:

  • 4-6 years
  • 7-8 years
  • 9-10 years
  • 11-12 years
  • 13+

Acting Challenge


  • This challenge launches on Monday 22 June
  • Video submissions are due in by Monday 13 July
  • Results will be announced on Friday 17 July


Watch the below video from our Saturday School Drama Teacher, Gina, to understand what we are looking for in your monologue.


Click on the link below to find some suggested monologues that we have placed in age appropriate folders for you. For ages 4-6 there are some good, fun poems to suit this age group perfectly.

These are only suggestions and we recommend sourcing your own monologue to make the challenge even more exciting!


Before any rehearsal always follow the below “Drama Warm-Up” for your age group, to ensure that you are fully focused and ready to step into your character.

Gina’s Tips & Advice

Warm Up: ages 4-6

Warm Up: ages 7-18

Tips for success


  • Monologues to be no more than 2 minutes long!
  • Find material you can relate to and is appropriate for your age.
  • Read/watch your chosen material in full, to gain a good understanding of your character. If you’ve chosen a “stand alone” monologue from our selection, make up the character’s “back story” to help you with this.
  • Get creative – play around with costumes. This may help you get into character!
  • LOVE the monologue you choose! Acting is all about having fun after all!


Learn the lines fully and then run the monologue over and over again, playing with different ideas. Remember to keep the “spontaneity” of the piece and don’t let it get boring!



Ask a parent or member of your family to film you.

Make sure we can see and hear you clearly.

REMEMBER: Clearly state your name and age to the camera at the start of your performance


Fill out your details and submit your video using the form and instructions below.

Remember to submit by the deadline!

Submit your details to take part

Child's First Name (required)

Child's Surname (required)

Child's Child's Age (required)

Child's Date of Birth (dd/mm/yy) (required)

Parent/Guardian First Name (required)

Parent/Guardian Surname Name (required)

Contact Number - Mobile (required)

Contact Number - Daytime

Email Address (required)

My child attends the following TFA class: (required)

After School - Acting (Forest Hill)

After School - Musical Theatre (Dulwich)

After School - Musical Theatre (Crofton Park)

Saturday School (Forest Hill)

My child is new to Take Flight Academy


I give Take Flight Academy of Performing Arts permission to take, use and store photographs and videos of my child. I grant Take Flight Academy of Performing Arts permission to use these images for publicity including their printed and online publicity, social media platforms and press releases.


I confirm I have read and understood the health and safety advice provided for Parents and Carers. I understand that a certain amount of risk is involved in all physical activity and that my child's participation in the Lockdown Challenge is at my own risk.


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Once you have completed the form above, click here to submit

Then submit your video

Once you have submitted the form, send your entry to us via WhatsApp using the number below:

07736 469321

Please state your name and age at the beginning of your video and include this information when sending in your video via WhatsApp.

Once we have received both your online application form and your video submission, we will send you an email, confirming your entry..

Thank you for participating and good luck!

Dance & Acting Challenge – The Winning Submissions

A huge thank you to everyone who took part. You are all stars.

“The only thing better than singing is more singing.”

Ella Fitzgerald

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