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15th February 2019

Excitement and anticipation swept through the Performing Arts Academy last week, as students performed in the annual Showcase.

The performances included A-level Drama & Theatre students, BTEC Acting second years and 5 A-level Dance performers. The engaging group took their large audience on a diverse range of journeys; from 19th Century America to post-war Britain and an exploration of waves of sound.

First on stage was A-level Drama & Theatre studies students, who performed chilling extracts from Sophie Treadwell’s The Machinal; a story of a young woman who is driven to murder and executed in the electric chair.

Following the young actors were the College’s A-level Dancers, who performed a series of different captivating solo and group performances. The group of 5 explored a range of choreography, from extracts from Lonely Town, Lonely Street to Ghost Dances and an exploration of industrialisation and corruption in America.

To finish the show, BTEC Acting students performed extracts from Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills. The play concerns a group of seven year olds playing in the Forest of Dean one summer afternoon in 1943, and takes a terrifying and heart-wrenching twist.

The Showcase provided fantastic insight into the incredible work and dedication of the Performing Arts Academy – we look forward to seeing more during the College’s main production The Addams Family in March this year!