SGS students to take stage in Tobacco Factory show
YOUNG performing arts students from South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) had the unique opportunity to participate in a workshop for a new show due to take to the stage later in the year.
In partnership with the Tobacco Factory Theatre, first year HND and Level 3 Musical Theatre students participated in a dance workshop at the college's WISE Campus in Filton last week, as part of a recruitment process for young people aged 16 to 25.
Working for a professional theatre production company, in conjunction with Splice Productions, the production of The Dug Out will be performed at the Tobacco Factory for three weeks at the end of May and beginning of June 2013.
The Dug Out is a new play by Amanda Whittington inspired by the legendary Bristol nightclub and set in 1974 when an IRA bomb exploded on Park Street. A story of black and white teenage clubbers is interwoven with a 1944 love story about a black American GI and a white Bristolian WAAF based on real-life accounts of a black GI shot dead by American military police on Park Street.
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Music and dance play a key role in fusing the two eras the play presents. A live DJ will mix funk, reggae and ska with black American 1940s dance music and jazz, swing and be-bop as a soundtrack, creating an original musical language for the show and presenting an exciting choreographic opportunity for this original new show about Bristol, for Bristol.
Young people are being recruited to play the chorus. Working with a professional director, choreographer and actors the students will be part of an original theatre production. The students will be paid a small fee for both the rehearsals and performances.
Shelley Kenny, a lecturer at the college, said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for our students to be part of an exciting, professional theatre performance at the Tobacco Factory for which they will be employed for the project.
"This can then be included in their CV as relevant professional experience and will develop their general employability skills to a greater extent.
"The project is original and innovative, based on local real-life events and investigates racial issues that are still relevant today.
"It is also a chance for our learners to be involved in a worth-while community based extra-curricular activity that will enhance their development as performers in a professional context.”