RNC students given ‘Access to Acting” at the Old Vic

A large group of RNC and Old Vic students are gathered around in a circle during one of the group exercises

Last week, seven of our level 3 performing arts students went to Bristol Old Vic, the longest continuously-running theatre in the UK, to take part in a collaborative ‘Access to Acting’ workshop with students from Bristol Old Vic drama school. The workshop was run by Rachel Bagshaw- Theatre Practitioner and Caroline Kilpatrick- voice teacher and alumni of RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art).


“It was an amazing opportunity for all the students involved, they really bonded and obviously enjoyed what was, at times, quite a challenging experience” said Performing Arts teacher Cara Tivey. “I saw our students in a new light, being more adventurous and experimental, obviously inspired by the teachers and by working with their very talented peers.”


“It was nice to interact with people we’d never met before and really helped boost my confidence” said Menna. “You learn different skills by working with different people” added Jess “You had to get into pairs and you weren’t allowed to work with someone you already knew so this took me out of my comfort zone.”


“In the past I’ve not always had great experiences of people accepting my eye condition; people have stayed away from me as if they’re going to somehow catch my visual impairment! But this was so different” said Zizi. Lorren continued “All the students at the Old Vic were so accepting, so energetic and this energy was a good kind of infectious!”


For Kyla, “It was the first time I felt respected and that my contribution was valued by a sighted peer”.


It is safe to say that all the students would gladly go to another workshop like this one if the opportunity arose again!


Read more about our Performing Arts course at The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC): the UK’s leading Further Education College for people with sight loss.


If you are interested in studying at RNC, please call our student enquiries line on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk


Article written by Bik Lee, Digital Media Officer at RNC


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