The Performing Arts develop vital skills in communication, build self-confidence, aid presentation skills (vital in later life), enable pupils to work as a team and have pride in performance and perhaps, most importantly, have tremendous fun and enjoyment working together to create something magical.
We are tremendously fortunate to have some of the best facilities in the country for Performing Arts and the College is well known for its specialism in the area. The Queen’s Hall, a fully equipped 500-seat theatre complete with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, is used for all major productions as well for rehearsals and practices.
The Performing Arts Centre (PAC) with heated wooden floors, mirrored wall and retractable seating for 120, is an ideal performance area especially for dance, although it also serves as an additional performance area for music and drama performances throughout the year. The PAC is a very versatile space in which we run our Performing Arts Academy (click here for more information) and the number of dance classes on offer (including Street Dance, Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern, Tap and Contemporary) is quite outstanding.
There is also a purpose-built, blacked-out Drama Studio with retractable seating for 75 used for Drama lessons, theatre in the round and more intimate productions.
In addition to our outstanding facilities, the Performing Arts staff are all ex-professionals who have worked in the industry themselves and are talented performers in their own right. Head of Department, Steve Eaton Evans and his wife Jane ran a touring theatre company for many years, taking productions which they both wrote to perform in the community. There is no doubt that the standard of improvisation and creativity seen in the older students’ work in particular reflects this professionalism.