This Summer term has been a busy time for the college’s resident performance training company ClassAction. Eleven of our practitioners have now gained places at some of the top dance and drama schools in the country with another gaining a place at the world leader – “RADA” who have a 1:100 applicants to offers conversion rate! Other schools where Godalming practitioners are starting in September include: East 15, Drama Centre, Rose Bruford, Oxford School of Drama, Urdang and Italia Conti. We are so proud that our developing ethos of offering a unique performance art programme that aims to create a first class performance preparation training course that is underpinned by academic rigour and depth of reflection is having this profound effect and we are capitalising on this in September with the introduction of our new ‘Foundation Programme’ which includes the new Performing Arts Diploma. Godalming College celebrates its success in training new practitioners for an industry that is worth £8.8 million an hour to the UK economy (Sajid Javid). It has also been a pleasure to welcome back alumni practitioners to work with our current classes; Sam Thomas who has just graduated from Mountview (CA-2011-2013) returned to lead a Masterclass, as did Lucy Hewitt (alumni, who has also returned as a dance tutor) We also celebrate the wonderful work of Seb Cannings (CA 2010 – 2012) who is currently working as Assistant Production Manager on the new Harry Potter play in London – The Cursed Child. Godalming College has gained a unique reputation as one of the leading performance arts departments in the country and our alumni are now working in all fields of the industry, and more importantly – they are generously giving their time and their advice as they return to Godalming to network with our current practitioners.
PROVOKING, ENTERTAINING, POPULAR AND ECLECTIC: Performance work has run every week from the second week in March offering the whole college community a chance to watch weekly performances that have displayed an eclectic mix of styles, genres and influences – and our ‘Contemporary Theatre Festival’ played to consistent ‘full-houses’ and featured more plays than ever; 22 full productions, over 4 weeks! There are not many other colleges, let alone arts venues that are producing that scale of work. Indeed 2015-2016 has seen over 54 different productions – some playing for one night, others for a week run – in Studio 816. ClassAction offers so many performance opportunities to our practitioners and to the wider college community.
We celebrated Shakespeare’s 400th birthday with “All the World’s A Stage” an immersive theatre event created by Godalming College’s performance company “ClassAction” exploring the work of The Bard – offering unique one-to-one performance experiences to audience members.
ClassAction were also pleased to premiere a brand new juke-box musical - DON’T LIKE MONDAYS for this year’s Festival of Creativity a piece developed by this young company from the provocation; “Pressure. Unbearable pressure. It’s the force that turns coal into diamonds and children into monsters!”