Students shine bright in London

Our performing arts students travelled to London for a week of exciting workshops and outstanding shows. The 20 acting and dance students engaged in workshops at the National Theatre and Pineapple Studios, and had a tour of The Globe Theatre and exhibition.

They saw three shows; Aladdin the Musical, Young Frankenstein the Musical and the play ‘The Comedy About A Bank Robbery’. This was a great opportunity for the students to watch and learn from industry professionals, to improve their performance technique.

At ‘Up the Creek’ Comedy Club, the students enjoyed laughing together as 15 comedians battled against the time to beat the blackout. Each act attempted to survive on stage for five minutes in total. They had two minutes to impress the audience and after that grace period, if the audience didn’t like them, three people had white cards and could end their act by raising the cards and turning the lights out - many of the acts did not beat the blackout.

It was excellent for the students to see how brutal the industry can be.  The winner of the evening was a comedian who didn’t just tell jokes, he performed and portrayed a character throughout his five minutes. He was a real performing artist of the comedy circuit and delivered his act with style. The students really loved the experience.

The students were very enthusiastic during the workshops. They expressed that they found the activities to be very similar to the work they do on their college programmes. They were able to recognise the hard work and commitment that is required to reach the standards of the professionals performing in the shows.

What the students learned on the trip will continue to motivate them in their practical sessions. They are looking forward to giving it their all in their performance at the Gala Theatre next year.

Lisa Petrie, Dance Programme Leader, said: “Our five days in London were packed to the brim with exciting activities. As well as the workshops and shows, we had some free time to explore London. The students thoroughly enjoyed seeing the sites of Covent Garden, Camden Town, Leicester Square and Oxford Street. It was lovely to get to know this group of students better outside of the learning environment.”

Ruby Palmer, Year 2 Dance student, commented: “The Pineapple Studios workshop was excellent. I loved the choreography and everyone performed so well. The trip was flawless! This experience has made me even more excited to complete my course at New College Durham and start my degree programme at Bodyworks in September.”

The students were very enthusiastic during the workshops. They expressed that they found the activities to be very similar to the work they do on their college programmes. They were able to recognise the hard work and commitment that is required to reach the standards of the professionals performing in the shows.

What the students learned on the trip will continue to motivate them in their practical sessions. They are looking forward to giving it their all in their performance at the Gala Theatre next year.

Lisa Petrie, Dance Programme Leader, said: “Our five days in London were packed to the brim with exciting activities. As well as the workshops and shows, we had some free time to explore London. The students thoroughly enjoyed seeing the sites of Covent Garden, Camden Town, Leicester Square and Oxford Street. It was lovely to get to know this group of students better outside of the learning environment.”

Ruby Palmer, Year 2 Dance student, commented: “The Pineapple Studios workshop was excellent. I loved the choreography and everyone performed so well. The trip was flawless! This experience has made me even more excited to complete my course at New College Durham and start my degree programme at Bodyworks in September.”

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