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E4 reality series is ‘damaging reputation of UK drama training’ – poll

Students from D&B Academy of Performing Arts, who will star in the show, with co-owner Donna Sullivan (centre) Students from D&B Academy of Performing Arts, who appear in the E4 reality show, with co-owner Donna Sullivan (centre)
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Nine out of 10 respondents to an online poll conducted by The Stage think that E4 reality series Stage School is damaging the reputation of drama training in the UK.

More than 1,500 people responded to the poll about the scripted reality show, which follows students at the D&B Academy of Performing Arts in Kent.

89% of those who answered the survey thought that the programme was damaging drama training’s reputation, a total of 1,362 people. It follows an online petition calling for it to be taken off the air that attracted more than 7,500 signatures.

Just 171 people – 11% – said they did not think the show was having a negative impact on people’s perceptions of the industry.

Last week, Twitter personality West End Producer criticised the programme. He said: “I hope people watching realise how silly and nonsensical it all is. I find it bizarre that the school wanted to get involved and hope it doesn’t permanently harm its reputation. I would also be interested to know if all the actors are being paid properly.”

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