A south Essex-based drama school staged a variety show to celebrate its 20 year anniversary.

Stagecoach South East Essex held two shows on Saturday, an afternoon matinee, and an evening show, both of which won the youngsters loud applause.

A dress rehearsal on Friday, pictured, all went to plan ahead of the big event ion to celebrating the theatre’s 20th anniversary.

Tessa Davies also celebrated ten years as principal of the school.

Speaking about her long career at the school, she said: “I have loved every minute of it and I have loved seeing the kids improve.”

Also performing at the event in Grays were teachers and ex-students of the school.