Nescot’s Performing Arts department is ending 2014 in style, packing the last week of term full of shows.
Events include performances of original writing, a monologue competition and a skill-sharing evening, as well as a visit from a renowned theatre company.
“We’ve all been working really hard this term, so we wanted to take the opportunity to showcase what the students have created and what they’ve learnt so far,” said section leader Gavin Maxwell.
“We aim for all our students to leave Nescot as versatile, creative and professional performers, and we hope the shows this week will help them as they work towards that goal.”
Monday saw 11 members of the Higher Education company Nexus performing their own original work in Scrawl, a night designed to showcase their writing abilities as well as their acting skills.
As part of their unit the students have been visited by teacher and director Brian Astbury, who spoke on the concept of writing and on trusting the actor, and award-winning writer and actor Charlotte Josephine.
Scrawl showcased stories on topics ranging from domestic violence, bipolar disorder and a young man becoming radicalised to a story about a wrestler and one about a lads’ holiday, as well as a series of comedy sketches.
The students introduced their work by video at the start of each performance, and the audience was encouraged to give written feedback in order to help the students develop their work.
The other members of the Nexus company are taking part in a community dance project, and will be working with students from Nescot’s Preparation for Life and Work department from January.
On Tuesday the first-year Level 3 students will be performing in 12 Weeks Later, a skills-sharing performance aimed at demonstrating to their friends and families what they’ve learnt since starting the course.
The evening will include contemporary dance performances, solo and group songs and monologues.
On Wednesday the Performing Arts department will be hosting the second annual Monologue Slam, with 12 students chosen from the 20 who entered the competition.
The best three performers will then go on to the final to be held at the Electric Theatre in Guildford, where they will compete against members of colleges and theatre schools including the Performance Preparation Academy and Kingston University.
Prizes at the grand final include professional head shots and membership to actors’ and agents’ database Casting Call Pro.
Finally on Thursday, the last day of term, the students will be welcoming in theatre company Fourth Monkey.
All the shows will be held in the theatre in the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) building, starting from 7pm, and entry is free.