A 100 strong capacity audience in Studio 816 was entertained and provoked by ClassAction’s “PROJECT.i.d.” induction performance at the start of this term, featuring fragments of a variety of genres of the performing arts. Project i.d. introduces our first year practitioners to the Studio 816 audience, and acts as a baseline audit of their work giving them a spring-board to jump off from into their training here with ClassAction. Andrew Pullen, Head of Drama and Dance said “After just two weeks our first year practitioners have formed a performance company – such is the dedication from them and their subject tutors. For some this is a huge journey - from never having danced on stage in your life, to choreographing and performing your own routine is not an easy task. For others theirs is a specialism they have spent time perfecting and working upon and this initial journey is that bit easier, but essentially success will be measured by the improvement they make over the coming two years with ClassAction”.
The evening also introduced our new Foundation Programme practitioners to the performance space, STUDIO 816 in Godalming College. Our 2 Year 6th Form Foundation Programme for training in the Performing Arts – delivered at our home in
STUDIO 816 is aimed specifically at talented young performers who aspire to have a career in the arts as a Theatre Maker. Students achieve the equivalent UCAS points to gaining 3.5 A-Levels by studying the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (2 A levels), and the Drama & Theatre A Level alongside an E.P.Q. in performance or a Gold Arts Award - but unlike most other Sixth Form Colleges, with ClassAction this would become your programme of study building this foundation training programme.
The classes that these practitioners take and the BTEC qualification units that they study are specifically shaped towards their goal of getting in to either a top Drama School or a top Dance/Musical Theatre College when they graduate.
The PROJECT i.d. audience were treated to an eclectic mixture of dance, performance and song.
The evening began with all the first year dance and performing arts practitioners coming together to perform as an ensemble “Aquarius” from the musical ‘Hair’ - an incredible achievement after only 2 lessons.
What followed was an eclectic mix of performance work ranging from Oscar Wilde to Christine and The Queens, Singing in the Rain to Rosas Das Rosas.
ClassAction underpins all of its performance preparation work with an academic rigour and in the spirit of reflection the audience were asked to provide feedback to our practitioners who then turned that into development targets.
“Project.i.d.” was a wonderful performance, which sent the audience home with more than a hint of what this year’s practitioners will become.