A WEST END star who appeared in Chicago and We Will Rock You is returning home to St Helens to teach a week long summer workshop at the drama school where it all started.

Alicia Afonso grew up in Rainford and spent most of her childhood attending Elizabeth Hill Drama School, which she believes led to her having the skills to take on a career on London's West End.

Now in a bid to get back to her roots, the 33-year-old mum-of-two is coming back up North to teach workshops on drama, singing and dance as well as facilitating back stage workshops such as makeup and set design.

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Alicia during her days at Elizabeth Hill

She said: "I've just moved back to St Helens after years of living in London and Portugal and wanted to give back to Elizabeth Hill, because that's the reason I ended up doing my dream job.

"I owe Elizabeth Hill everything so I want to come back and help other future stars to learn the skills they need and bring all my knowledge with me to help them reach their goals.

"I started teaching there before I went to London, so it will be nice to come back."

Alicia, who is married to Ricardo Afonso, who is currently playing the role of Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican in London, will be hosting the workshops from Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16.

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A promo shoot for Chicago with Alicia, front

The mini stars sessions for children aged four to six will take place from 9.30am to 12.30pm daily

Parents are invited to a short presentation at the end of each day from 12.10pm.

Workshops cost £16 per day or £70 for the five week.

Little and Super stars workshops for ages seven and older will take place from 9am to 4pm daily.

Parents are invited to a short presentation at the end of each day from 3.40pm.

Workshops cost £31.50 per day or £140 for five days.

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Backstage with the cast of We Will Rock You

To book a place email info@ehilldanceanddrama.co.uk or visit Elizabeth Hill's Facebook page.