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NewVIc students wow audiences with self devised show

Last term second year Performing Arts students enjoyed an enthusiastic reception of their original devised performance piece 'Anima'.

The piece was devised from a range of stimulus and explored the pressures of social media on young people. The group were keen to explore recent research which suggests social media is harming the mental health of teenagers. The piece fused text, physical theatre and dance and the group took responsibility for all aspects of production - from lighting and sound to costumes and marketing.

The performance was one of the first in the colleges brand new state of the art theatre space. The new 80 seater theatre benefits from professional standard LED lighting, sound and projection equipment.

After a successful performance in the new theatre the group spent the following week touring their show and an accompanying workshop to local secondary schools. Both performance and workshop were met with great enthusiasm from pupils ranging from year 9 to year 11.

Performing arts student perform lift

NewVIc's performing arts staff were very proud of the achievements of the group. 'It is a real challenge to devise a performance from scratch but this group created a show that was not only dynamic and engaging but also highly relevant to its audience. We were also impressed with the professionalism and discipline shown by our students throughout the process and this was reflected in the outstanding grades the group achieved.' said Annie John, drama teacher.