Diploma and Extended Diploma in Performing and Production Arts - Level 3 learners gained first hand experienc of working in the Theatre industry when they undertook 5 days of work experience at the world-famous Donmar Warehouse Theatre. The theatre is situated in Covent Garden; right at the heart of London’s West End. It is internationally renowned as one of the world’s principal producing theatres, having won over 100 major awards during its 24 year history.
The week gave learners unprecedented access to the theatre and the team who manage it. Students helped the Assistant Stage Manager with the researching, sourcing of props and furniture. Learners also supported the Deputy Stage Manager with setting-up rehearsals along and organising scene changes.
The learners gained experience of the many different roles within the arts and creative industries, learning about careers and opportunities that they may not have previously considered. Insights were also gained in key areas of the Theatre including stage design, lighting, marketing, and customer service.
The Donmar Warehouse have confirmed further work placements will be available to South Thames College students in the future.
As part of the Creative Media Production & Technology UAL Extended Diploma - Level 3 course, students have been working on a number of short assignments to create short films following a creative brief. The latest brief was to create a film trailer with the theme of Halloween. The film trailer needed to demonstrate an understanding and ability to produce work that conformed to the conventions of the genre. Four of the best short films were selected and uploaded to social media. The assignment was the group's second film project completed since the start of the academic year and they have also been showcased around the College on plasma screens.
The trailers are described as eerie and horrific with props to make them look chilling and sinister - lots of creativity, thought and planning has been put into the filming.Students filmed at locations in the local area. Year 2 students were involved in acting and were also encouraged to film at home to experiment with low light conditions during any planned night shooting.
One group of reviewers said: “We think that they could well be the scariest horror movies ever made!” Check them out and subscribe to our channel at youtube.com/souththamescoll. A brief desctiption of each storyline follows: ‘Vanish’ – Young women are disappearing and a serial killer is on the loose, ‘Lunacy’ - A creepy hooded man is prowling around with a nailed baseball bat looking for his victim Jeremy, ‘Luke Vivet’ – A disturbing evil entity is after Luke, and finally ‘Condemned’ – A psycho clown is lurking on the streets and he is out to cause harm to a rival gang.
Performing Arts students recently performed a “flash mob” at our Wandsworth campus and in the local Southside Wandworth shopping centre.
Students and shoppers stopped in delight to watch our talented students use a wide variety of well-choreographed dance moves to the song “Say Hey (I Love You)” that brought a smile to everyone’s faces with many of them clapping and cheering at the end. From this, students gained invaluable experience that will help to build confidence, work as a team and increase their ability to take part in a live show.
You can see more photos and watch a short video of the performance over at our Instagram page along with other content from around our College. Feel free to follow us on there to keep up to date on other things happening here too!