RNC students given a chance to shine

Performing arts students are performing an audition piece – Danielle, Mikey, Callum, Angel and Charlotte are standing on stage. Callum and Charlotte have one hand on each of Angel’s shoulders and Angel is laughing a lot. Theatre director Martyn is sitting in front of them with his back to the camera while Performing Arts teacher Cara Tivey can be seen in the background taking a photo.

Our Performing Arts students visited Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon’s centre for the arts and entertainment, to put their acting skills to the test on stage in front industry experts and learn about the opportunities and careers that could be available in the future. RNC (Royal National College for the Blind) students were able to spend the day with Martyn Green, the CEO of the theatre. Martyn has an extensive background, having worked in the arts for nearly 30 years and has built a reputation for giving opportunities to up and coming talent and helping them to break into the industry.


The students were given a short talk by Martyn who explained the business plans for the theatre before undertaking a tour of all the facilities. The students then got their chance to impress him by performing poetry pieces and improvisation challenges on the main stage in an audition style experience. Performing Arts student Charlotte Milburn, 16 from County Durham, said “getting on stage and performing in front of professionals was a good experience. The feedback that Martyn gave was really helpful; I’ve learnt to sell myself more, to be more confident and to give it my all in auditions.”


Performing Arts teacher Cara Tivey explained “the day was part of the ongoing work based learning activities that students carry out throughout the term to give them more opportunities to gain experience and learn from professionals.” Charlotte added “it has given more ideas about job opportunities for the future and potential career paths that I didn’t know were available, it was a really good day.”


If you are interested in studying Performing Arts or any of our other courses on offer at RNC, please call our student enquiries line on 01432 376 621 or email info@rnc.ac.uk


Article written by Tim Broome, Student Recruitment Manager at RNC


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