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Drama Workshops Open Doors to Performance

Year 9 Drama students from Newton Abbot College have been working in partnership with non-profit arts education organisation, Doorstep Arts, and undergraduates from the University of Exeter to create an original piece that will be performed on stage at the Exeter Northcott Theatre in February.

As part of the ‘Open Doors Platform’ project, students have been devising a dramatic piece inspired by both ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’, that has been developed through workshops held at the College. The sessions, run by Polly Ferguson-Carruthers from Doorstep Arts, has encouraged students to develop their skills in devised performance and to explore the impact that artistic decision making can have on audience experience.

Workshop leader, Polly Ferguson-Carruthers, with Year 9 Drama students
Workshop leader, Polly Ferguson-Carruthers, with Year 9 Drama students

The resulting performance on Saturday 16 February will see schools and colleges from the local area performing their pieces and sharing their work.

Year 9 College Drama student, Ruby Richardson, said: “I have really enjoyed devising our piece in the workshops. It has taught us how to transition from different dramatic frames. I am a bit nervous about the performance at the Northcott, but it is a great opportunity to get used to being on stage.”

The completed devised piece will be performed at the Exeter Northcott Theatre
The completed devised piece will be performed at the Exeter Northcott Theatre

Workshop leader, Polly Ferguson-Carruthers, added: “This is a great opportunity for young people to engage in a programme using devised theatre with the sparking themes of Macbeth and Alice in Wonderland. The students at Newton Abbot College have been a complete joy to work with.”