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Raising The Curtain on a Creative New Year

ClassAction is an exceptional department where students achieve great things in academic, vocational and artistic studies. We began our Winter Season in January with :INMOTION: an evening of performance in movement; contemporary technique and physical theatre. Andrew Pullen, Head of Drama and Dance said “it was wonderful to see our students exploring text and physical theatre and creating mature and developed pieces of performance, they tackled the work with a drive and a passion, which they have taken into their own performance practice.” The audience were treated to an eclectic mixture of dance, physical theatre and spoken word.

HOMEGROWN FESTIVAL a week of new contemporary theatre, exploring current issues and also current theatre practice; in all 10 brand new pieces of theatre were created by our ClassAction practitioners. We were interested here in exploring the idea of ‘monsters’ and the definition of ‘evil’ in a contemporary world. Here at ClassAction we are interested in exploring and playing with contemporary theatre practice and we realise the best work is made in a creative environment within a firm framework of teaching and learning. If a student is determined on a life devoted to dance, musical theatre, or drama and theatre, then this could well be the right place. Our results and the work created testifies to our success, as does the range of successful ex-students now working and studying in the creative industries.

We then moved to our THE WORLD IN CHANGE mini season - two stunning performances of provocative and challenging work. REVELATIONS a wonderful evening of dance reimagining Alvin Ailey’s seminal work began the week which was finished in spectacular style with the classic Kander and Ebb musical CABARET. 

The teaching-team is driving the development of the department, embracing new expanded course offerings and the new drive towards performance preparation which is under pinned with academic rigour. That is just within the college’s walls – without, on any one night this week you could have seen ex Godalming students in a range of performances and technical support roles including, Jersey Boys, Les Miserables the national tour of Sweet Charity, production managing Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, artistic directing The Vault Festival in Waterloo, Death Takes a Holiday, training at (amongst others) Mountview, Lamda, Arts Ed, Masters, Drama Centre, Central, Oxford School of Drama, Rada, East 15. ClassAction really is a #classact.