The Performing Arts Department runs courses for budding singers, dancers, actors, directors and other performance professionals. If you want to work in Film, TV or on stage, this is the place for you.
Our company name is Up Stage Right and though our innovative and high quality productions our theatre company is now recognised in the local community.
We believe in developing the Performance Practitioners of the future. We will challenge and develop your teamwork and your creative, industry related and technical knowledge, so that you can either progress into the industry or onto a higher education.
Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff are industry qualified and experienced practitioners, designers, directors, technicians and theatre professionals. This means that we can bring real and relevant experience to you and your work.We also work with other industry professionals who provide specialist workshops in elements such as scriptwriting, stage combat and classical theatre.
The department has excellent facilities including two full-scale Theatres (Black Box and Proscenium Arch), an Acting Studio, a Dance Studio, as well as good quality teaching rooms with Interactive White Boards and networked computers. We also have an extensive scenic workshop for set building and fully-stocked costume and props stores.
Assessment is varied and enjoyable. You will be graded on performances, rehearsals, research, presentations, creative journals, videos, essays, blogs, observation and other creative methods. We understand that you need to be able to express yourself.
Working in and with the industry
We want to give you a real taste of the industry whilst you're studying with us. As a company, we have been out on tour both with a pantomime and self-written Christmas play and know this offers an exciting style of performance. You will also work together in full-scale productions in both onstage and backstage roles, which provides a completely different view of performance.
We enrich your education with theatre visits, both to watch performances and tour backstage. We also receive stage schools such as Mountview and Laban to perform for us here at Nescot. We work with industry professionals, who provide workshops and training in elements such as scriptwriting, classical theatre, commedia dell'arte and stage combat. We also invite guest speakers and past pupils to provide an insight into higher education, the industry and a career path.
A career in performance is an exciting but demanding choice. While our courses develop your talent, we also teach you to become grounded, resilient and determined but, most importantly, to really understand the industry. Success in this field is based on more than raw ability and our courses focus on your teamworking skills while teaching you to harness your creativity to showcase your talent.
Previous students are working and training at all levels in the industry and we pride ourselves in that our students leave Nescot with a clear direction, skills base and grounding to excel in higher education and the industry. We will work in detail help support your choice for stage school or university, ensuring that you are fully prepared for your higher education auditions.
These courses not only give you the cutting edge technical and physical skills you will need but develop your own creativity and your understanding of your profession.
You will learn how to work as part of a company. As a member of Up Stage Right, you will be given an insight into the various performance industries, what positions are available and the skills you will need to get that dream job.
- Cameron Muir
- First Year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts
I was offered a place at The BRIT School, but when I came to Nescot for my audition and interview I felt so welcome and at home in the Performing Arts department that I decided to come here instead.
At school I loved dance, but here you're encouraged not to pigeonhole yourself but to work across all three disciplines, so my acting and music skills are much stronger now. My favourite part of the year so far has been our Final Major Performance unit, where I performed in Beautiful Burnout. I was very nervous beforehand, but the staff helped me to use the nerves to improve my performance. We're treated as a professional theatre company, and I think that shows in our performances.
Another thing I love about Nescot is that you have the opportunity to learn technical skills. I was allowed to help out with the staging of the final year group's production of We Lost Elijah this year, which was amazing. Clair Prime does all our lighting and staging, and she's a professional technician so it's great to have someone with that kind of experience in the department to learn from.
Outside of college I teach dance, and the tutors at Nescot have been really supportive of that, and let me work with them on choreographing sections of routines. I also played Handball for England, but I stopped in order to concentrate on my BTEC. In our department we're like a family – we perform as a team, so we have to work as a team to make our shows better. The tutors get to know all the students and treat them as individuals and not numbers – for example, Gavin Maxwell has given up a lot of his time to help me think about what kind of career would suit me and how I could get there.
- Louise Watson
- First Year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts
I've always been interested in performing as a hobby, but it wasn't until I started looking at the Performing Arts course at Nescot that I thought seriously about making a career of it. The great thing about the course here is that you do singing, acting and dancing and you don't have to choose between them like you do at other colleges. When I started I loved singing, but over the course of the year I've been able to develop my skills in other areas and realised I also really enjoy acting and dancing.
The teachers in Performing Arts are really supportive, and the department is a safe environment – everyone has the confidence to be who they are without being judged or made fun of. I think it makes you a better performer, because you're not afraid to try things to see whether they work or not.
As part of my Final Major Performance unit my group did a devised piece of work in the open at Reigate Fort. It was a great experience, and it was a different kind of project from what you might do somewhere else so we learnt a lot from it.
I like the ethos of the college as a whole, and I think the Performing Arts facilities are great. Nescot is a really open campus with a lot of space. I play football midfield and upfront for Molesey Juniors FC, so having the football pitches at college is great. Once I've finished my course I'm thinking about auditioning for an acting school or a theatre company, and I don't think I would have even considered those ideas if it wasn't for the support and training I've had at Nescot.
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