Autumn/Winter 2017 Update

Autumn/Winter 2017 Update

As the Autumn/Winter term draws to a close, we reflect on the fantastic performances that have taken place at the Izzard Theatre since September.

Read About: Shakespeare-In-A-Day

On 22nd and 23rd November 2017, the Izzard Theatre played host to two days of Shakespeare workshops that culminated in a unique abridged performance of The Tempest at the end of each day. Across the two days, almost 200 school children visited us from 6 primary schools in the local area. We also had a featured video performance from Bexhill High School who were not able to join us.

Acclaimed actor Milton Lopes visited all of the participating schools to deliver workshops a week before the event. During this visit, Milton worked on a scene from The Tempest with them. The schools then had a week to practice before arriving with us for the final workshops and rehearsals.

On the day, students from the visiting schools were joined by some of Bexhill College’s Acting BTEC students, who had been working on their own scenes from The Tempest in class. After a day of intensive workshops with Milton, the schools and our acting students were ready to perform The Tempest to an audience.

To break down the day, our young visitors had an exclusive tour of the college and a relaxed session playing drama games.

Schools involved:
Bexhill Sixth Form College
St Richard’s Catholic College
Bexhill High School
Little Common School
Chantry Community Primary School
St Mary Magdalen Catholic Primary School
St Peter & St Paul C of E Primary School
Etchingham C of E Primary School
Bodiam Church of England Primary School

We were able to put this event together with the help of a Health and Equalities grant from the NHS. The nature of this event was to promote health and wellbeing through performing arts. The event also had a dual purpose, as it served as a transitional project for Year 6 pupils preparing for secondary school, and Year 10/11 pupils preparing for sixth form.

Photo highlights from Shakespeare-In-A-Day
Read About: It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

The Izzard Youth Group put on their Christmas showcase on Tuesday 5th December. They performed scenes and songs from Annie JR, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach. The show featured solo and ensemble pieces from the Bexhill College Show Choir. Both the Youth Group and Show Choir are led by Natalie Roberts.

Youth Group takes place on a Tuesday evening from 17:30 – 19:30 here at the Izzard Theatre. They are always open to new members, and classes will start again in January 2018. For more information about the Youth Group, please click here.

The Bexhill College Show Choir is a new enrichment course at Bexhill College, which started in September 2017. They are available for hire – enquiries should be made to .

Photo highlights from It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Read About: Madagascar

Rather than putting on a pantomime this Christmas season, this year we decided to do something a bit different…we took our audiences on a journey from the confines of the Central Park Zoo to the tantalisingly tropical beaches of Madagascar. The primary cast was made up of our Year 2 Extended Diploma Performing Arts students, who had been working hard on the show since September. The ensemble cast were made up of both Year 1 Extended Diploma Performing Arts and First Diploma Performing Arts students. The show was a cross-department collaboration, featuring props & set design, scenic painting and pre-show puppets made by Production Arts students.

In two days of performances, we had four exclusive primary school matinees, and one evening show for the general public. At each show, our 200 seat auditorium reached full capacity!

Special thanks to Sarah at The Costume Place for providing the costumes for Alex, Marty, Melman and King Julian

Photo highlights from Madagascar

Dates For Your Diary

We may have finished our Autumn/Winter season, but don’t despair because the following events are coming up after Christmas:

January 17th – A Level Drama Devising Performance

February 7th –  Godspell

March 26th –  Soundcheck II

More details about these events will be available in January 2018!

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