Theatre partnership that’s helping to develop students’ creativity

Theatre partnership that’s helping to develop students’ creativity

A thriving partnership between a local professional theatre and New City College Performing Arts team is transforming the way students develop their creative practice.

The unique initiative between the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and NCC Ardleigh Green campus, has been so successful that it has been featured in the theatre’s Autumn magazine, Spotlight.

The magazine article tells how the partnership, formed in May 2022, aims to encourage collaboration and learning and give students the chance to improve their skills through workshops and performances on the community stage.

They get to take part in theatre activities, including a backstage tour, meet the team and a script-to-stage workshop, as well as seeing first-hand how the theatre operates and the diverse roles that are available within the performing arts industry.

A partnership between the Queen's Theatre Hornchurch and New City College Performing Arts team at Ardleigh Green campus is transforming the way students develop their creativity.

The article goes on to detail the other benefits of the partnership and how it is hoped to expand it this year to include students from NCC Havering Sixth Form.

Louiza Williamson, Senior Curriculum Manager for Performing Arts and Music at NCC Ardleigh Green, said: “We are very grateful that the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch have been able to offer our students opportunities beyond the curriculum through this highly-valued partnership.

“Watching a diverse range of productions as well as working closely with the technical team on stage, lighting, wardrobe and sets, has meant that our students have had the opportunity to engage with professionals from the industry who have inspired them to explore different roles for their future careers.”

See the full article on page 11 of Spotlight

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