It’s showtime – thanks to New College Telford

30 Jun 2017
It’s showtime – thanks to New College Telford

A Shropshire theatre school has held its first ever stage production – thanks to a helping hand from a local college.

New College Telford stepped in to offer its industry-standard Hayward Arts Centre to Stageworkz Bridgnorth Theatre School when it was struggling to find a suitable venue.

Chris Wain, the college's head of student experience, explained: “The club has been running for around two years, but previously only staged joint shows with the more established Wolverhampton arm of the group.

“Due to a surge in numbers and popularity, instructors Jon and Gemma Dempsey decided the time had come for the Bridgnorth group to do their first solo performance, but were struggling to find a suitable venue.

“Given the long history of performing arts, dance and music productions here at New College Telford, we were happy to help."

The show – a unique version of the Alice In Wonderland story – was a great success.

Jon Dempsey from Stageworkz said: “The facilities at the college were perfect for this group, with a great theatre hall and modern equipment. The children, all of whom are primary school pupils, loved their first show."

Stageworkz Bridgnorth Theatre School stage their first live performance, at New College Telford

As well as variety of performance-related courses, New College Telford offers the widest range of advanced level study in the Telford area, and currently offers direct transport from towns including Bridgnorth, Much Wenlock and Shifnal.

Taster sessions are taking place on the July 3 and 4 for students who are interested in finding out more. For more details, see the college's website,