Rotherham College student's Status Update

Rotherham College Students Status Update

21 February 2017

This year, the talented students from Rotherham College’s Performing Arts department are collaborating with the National Theatre Connections Festival performing a production of Status Update, written by Tim Etchells.

The play was performed in the Studio Theatre and for the college and public on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th February.

The play will then be performed on Wednesday 29th March at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Tickets are available to book online at  and on the door.

The play is a collaboration of different students across the department, from acting to musical theatre and technical theatre. Auditions took place across the Acting department for the roles in the play; creating a varied cast from all levels and year groups.

A variety of high profile industry professionals have attended rehearsals to give the students feedback and advice; such as Richard Lowdon from one of the most successful contemporary theatre companies in the world, Forced Entertainment, and a top professional acting agent Anita Gilbert.

Working closely with Tim Etchells the Artistic Director of Forced Entertainment, Richard gave the students advice on what he would like and what people would expect from the play while Anita improved their speech, pronunciation and taught the students some useful breathing exercises.

The group also had guests from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, RADA and the internationally renowned theatre group Frantic Assembly. In addition to these the amazing guests, the department also go on many trips to theatres, workshops at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts and many other educational trips to increase their knowledge and inspire them.

Josh from the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theatre, Acting and Performance commented “This play is challenging as an actor, in a great way. It’s not a script I’ve done before and I learnt more techniques from doing this play.”

Melissa from the Acting Level 3 course said “Definitely go for it, it improves your confidence and ability. I feel more confident in my acting skills and feel that I can jump into any role.”

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