RNC students collaborate with local theatre company

Lorren and Zizi are sitting in front of a dressing table, looking in the mirror. There are lots of spotlights all around the mirrors and a rail of costumes can be seen in the mirror’s reflection.

At The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC), we are always looking for opportunities to provide our students with meaningful experiences. Every year, our neighbouring College HCA (Herefordshire College of Arts) has a six week workshop at a local theatre; The Courtyard, where they learn a new piece of theatre. Second year RNC Performing Arts students Lorren and Zizi were delighted to be asked to join them.


For their project, the students were given ’Friend me’ as the working title for the performance and Lorren explains “We had to perform a verbatim piece, which basically means ‘word for word’ and we had to use real life situations. We interviewed a few people asking questions around ‘”What makes a good friend?” and then we wrote out what they said and used it as the basis of our performance, it literally included every time they said “um” and all of the pauses in between.”


The performance took place in the theatre entrance, opposite the box office of The Courtyard. RNC Performing Arts teacher Cara Tivey said “It was highly challenging for the girls because the foyer has high ceilings with no balcony for sound to bounce off so it was challenging to make themselves heard. They projected well, responding to suggestions given to them, and I am very proud of them.”


Zizi reflects on the performance aspect “The reception area wasn’t the perfect place for this but it was all about using the space given to create your theatre. It was on a circular bench around a tree so when the lines talked about a friend going behind someone’s back, we were able to move around the bench and physically go behind each other’s backs. I feel like I got a lot out of the six weeks, it was a real vocational experience where I was able to experiment with a new form of theatre.”


You can read more about the Performing Arts course at RNC or call our student enquiries line on 01432 376 621


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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