Year 10 Performing Arts students travelled to Plymouth on 10 January to visit both the Theatre Royal and its dedicated rehearsal space, TR2.
Students were treated to a backstage tour of the theatre, where they learnt about fly systems, different performance spaces, programme diversity and innovative stage and set design. To complement their visit, they then travelled to TR2 where they saw sets being designed and made, visited the costume department and learnt about tricks to ensure smooth onstage changes and saw the rehearsal areas used by travelling production companies to ready themselves for shows in the theatre.
Furthermore, students broadened their knowledge by visiting the Finance and Production offices to learn about show costs, costume budgets, model-making and took part in a quiz to test their knowledge at the end of the tour.
College Teacher of Performing Arts, Sarah Wilkinson, said: “Visiting the Theatre Royal and TR2 was a great experience for our Performing Arts students; to be able to provide the opportunity to see how a working theatre operates, as well as seeing how much time, effort and passion goes in to creating a performance run was extremely important. This learning outside of the classroom environment is a great way to create a broader understanding of the subject and to enhance their overall knowledge of the Performing Arts.”