Meet the Teachers

Karen Heritage, MA, BA (HONS), FBATD

Karen has been a qualified teacher for more than 30 years teaching tap, modern dance, ballet, jazz, acro-gymnastics, freestyle, dance drama and dance exercise.  She has a First Class Honours Degree in Performance and Event Production, a Post Graduate Certificate in Safe Dance Practice, a Master’s Degree with Distinction in Dance and is a Life Member and Fellow of the British Association of Teachers’ of Dancing.  She teaches students from 18 months to over 80 years in her own studios in Stockton in all genres of dance and drama.  She is also a freelance choreographer and a specialist teacher for Earthbeat Theatre Company working with adults with learning difficulties.

Professional credits include “The Big Stage” with Bradley Walsh for Channel 5 TV, The Lido, Paris, as well as many acting roles in various plays and shows in the North East.  Karen works as choreographer for the Forum Theatre pantomimes.

Helen Speed

Helen graduated from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama in 1993 with a BA hons. in theatre. She returned to her home town of Middlesbrough 15 years later after working as an actor, singer, vocal coach, composer and musical director in London, Cornwall and Dorset. Since returning, Helen has enjoyed working with various local amateur theatre companies (including Middlesbrough Operatic society, Middlesbrough Little Theatre Company Ltd, Stockton Stage Society, Teesside Musical Theatre Company and The Billingham Players. Helen started working musically with young people in 1998, running vocal workshops for young people and teachers, as well as teaching singing at her local Stagecoach school for performing arts.

Helen is no stranger to the Billingham Forum Theatre School. She has run vocal workshops here over the years, has chaperoned the students during pantomime and was a technical assistant for “Alice”. She is delighted to join the team as Acting and Vocal Coach.

Latest News

Extra RIP IT UP Performance Added
Extra RIP IT UP Performance Added By Demand. Book Now.
Published on: 11-Aug-2017
Cinderella Sales Going Through The Roof
We Are Delighted To Announce That Advance Sales For This Years Christmas Pantomime, Cinderella, are …
Published on: 14-Jul-2017
New Seasons Brochure
Our New Autumn / winter 2017 Season Brochure Is Out Now.
Published on: 13-Jun-2017

Special Offers


The Forum Theatre has many facilities to make your trip to the Theatre more enjoyable including bar and coffee areas which are open for all performances. For disabled patrons we also offer disabled toilets on all floors, a hard of hearing loop system and an easy access box office.

Quick Booking

Joe Longthorne
1st Sep 2017
Dinosaur World
2nd Sep 2017 - 3rd Sep 2017
Dial M For Murder
4th Sep 2017 - 6th Sep 2017
Forever In Blue Jeans
9th Sep 2017
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
17th Sep 2017 - 18th Sep 2017
The Dreamboys
19th Sep 2017
The Magic Of Motown
21st Sep 2017
The Vera Lynn Story
22nd Sep 2017
Rule The World
23rd Sep 2017
Michael English
27th Sep 2017
Formerly Of Bucks Fizz
28th Sep 2017
Ultimate Bowie
29th Sep 2017
The Manfreds
30th Sep 2017
Madama Butterfly
3rd Oct 2017
TALON - The Best Of Eagles
4th Oct 2017
Beautiful Noise
5th Oct 2017
The Night Pirates
6th Oct 2017 - 7th Oct 2017
The ELO Experience
12th Oct 2017
The Quo Experience
13th Oct 2017
14th Oct 2017
The Dolly Parton Story
15th Oct 2017
The Ghost's Touch
17th Oct 2017 - 18th Oct 2017
Charlie Landsborough
19th Oct 2017
Bay City Rollers
20th Oct 2017 - 21st Oct 2017
Dick & Dom Live
22nd Oct 2017
Cirque Enchantment
24th Oct 2017
Mad About The Musicals
25th Oct 2017
Stand By Me
26th Oct 2017
Prince Revelation
27th Oct 2017
LEGEND - A Celebration Of Bob Marley
28th Oct 2017
Rockin' & Rolling With Laughter Tour
29th Oct 2017
1st Nov 2017
The Solid Gold Rock 'N' Roll Show
2nd Nov 2017
Some Guys Have All The Luck
3rd Nov 2017
Fastlove - A Tribute To George Michael
4th Nov 2017
The Simon & Garfunkel Story
7th Nov 2017
Sing-a-long-a Beauty & The Beast
11th Nov 2017
Romeo & Juliet
12th Nov 2017
Rick Wakeman
15th Nov 2017
The Elvis Years
17th Nov 2017
Brighouse & Rastrick Band
18th Nov 2017
Kast Off Kinks
19th Nov 2017
20th Nov 2017
22nd Nov 2017 - 23rd Nov 2017
One Night Of Queen
24th Nov 2017
The Summer Of Love
25th Nov 2017
2nd Dec 2017 - 7th Jan 2018
A Viennese Christmas Gala
8th Dec 2017
80's Mania At Christmas
15th Dec 2017 - 16th Dec 2017
Six Five
20th Jan 2018
Forbidden Nights
24th Jan 2018
Nathan Carter & His Band
25th Jan 2018
Roy Chubby Brown
26th Jan 2018 - 27th Jan 2018
2nd Feb 2018
Totally Tina
3rd Feb 2018
Just Joe
4th Feb 2018
Johnny Cash Roadshow
8th Feb 2018
WHITNEY - Queen Of The Night
9th Feb 2018
The Lionel Richie Songbook
10th Feb 2018
13th Mar 2018 - 17th Mar 2018
Peppa Pig's Adventure
11th Apr 2018 - 12th Apr 2018
The Sensational 60's Experience
13th Apr 2018 - 14th Apr 2018
Seven Drunken Nights
15th Apr 2018
Ed Byrne: Spoiler Alert
25th Apr 2018
An Audience With Simon Reeve
8th Oct 2018

Upcoming Shows

Joe Longthorne
1st Sep 2017
Come and join Joe as he takes you on a roller coaster of Songs and impressions.
Dinosaur World
2nd Sep 2017 - 3rd Sep 2017
A brand new dino-mite adventure! Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across unchartered territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs.
Dial M For Murder
4th Sep 2017 - 6th Sep 2017
When ex-tennis pro Tony believes his wealthy wife Sheila is having an affair with a handsome crime writer, Tony embarks on an elaborate plot to commit the perfect murder.
Forever In Blue Jeans
9th Sep 2017
Come and join one of the greatest party’s in town as Forever In Blue Jeans celebrates 21 happy and successful years “On The Road”.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
17th Sep 2017 - 18th Sep 2017
Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!