London trip highlights opportunities in performing

Group sees the shows and attends specialist classes

Around 40 students were taken to London’s West End this month, as tutors showcased the wonderful opportunities that await them should they decide on a career in the performance arts industry.

Students studying a range of performance courses at the College watched three shows and visited two of the leading stage schools in the country.

The three-day trip was focussed on highlighting potential career avenues and included visits to the Book of Mormon and Lady be Good, with an additional audition workshop provided at The Arts Educational Stage School.

The classes and shows provided a window into the industry and a clear view of the journey towards having a career in performance.

Student Josie Hobbs said she thoroughly enjoyed the trip, adding it was an “eye opening experience into the industry”, while Kelsie Russell stated “it made me realise how to achieve what I want to do in the future”.

Bill Walker, Programme Team Leader at Truro and Penwith College for Performing Arts, explained why it was important to showcase the opportunities available to students.

“The Creative industries is one of the fastest areas of growth in employment for our country with 19.2% growth compared to 6.3% in the wider UK economy over the last five years,” he said.

“This trip looked at one aspect of the creative industries, one where we are a world leader and which is the visible tip of the two million jobs in the creative sector*. Students from performance courses can enter that industry through the study of dance, music and acting and this trip was looking at the next step.”

* (Creative industries 2016 Focus on Publications)