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Performing Arts Students Experience Life On Tour

Date Posted: 21/06/2018 | Posted In: College News, Student News

BTEC Performing Arts students successfully completed their Theatre in Education (TIE) tour visiting Bury CE School, Sharples School, St Josephs’s RC School and St James’s CE High School.

The tour which forms part of the BTEC Performing Arts coursework, was a performance of thought provoking issue-based theatre, addressing issues such body image, mental health and peer pressure.

The aim of the performance was to educate young people on a variety of current issues through engaging and interactive performance, putting students in control. Performing Arts students generated a starting point to initiate meaningful conversations, which were then taken back to the classroom for further discussion.

“I feel like the issues portrayed in our pieces are issues that many teenagers go through, but conversations surrounding these issues are not common. This performance will help to break down stigma towards mental health and other issues both in teenagers and adults”. Lauren, BTEC Performing Arts Student.

The experience also taught them first-hand what it is like to be a working actor on a Theatre in Education Tour. Gemma Cooper, Teacher of Drama and Performing Arts commented, “This unit provides the students with fantastic vocational experience as a professional touring actor; visiting a range of local schools to perform thought provoking issue based drama exploring important socially relevant topics for young people. Our students will gain an understanding of the energy, enthusiasm and discipline needed to work as a Theatre in Education practitioner!”

The performances were well received in schools, with lots of positive feedback. Pupils also shared their own experiences.

“Thank BSFC Performing Arts for bringing your TIE performances into school for year 9 and 10. They were so thought provoking! St James’s CE High School.

Well done to everyone involved!

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