Doorstep Arts returned to Clyst Vale this month to run two bespoke devised theatre workshops run by Lisa Hudson from the Northcott Theatre and a team of Exeter University undergraduate. The workshops were delivered to a group of budding year 9 performers who developed some fantastic pieces of theatre inspired by the stimulus of REVERSE, using physical theatre and improvisation working both as an ensemble and in smaller groups. The workshops were both fun and challenging with students developing their practical skills. 14 students (including a technical team) went on to perform their work on a professional stage at the Northcott Theatre as part of a student showcase involving students from all over Devon.
Dr Erin Walcon, a Senior Lecturer in Applied & Educational Theatre, University of Exeter fed back her view on the students’ work.
“It’s a real testament to the strength and quality of the drama & performing arts programme at Clyst Vale that their students attended the final Platform event on Saturday 11 February 2023 with such a high-quality performance. The Clyst Vale student performance work was dynamic, compelling and original. The Clyst Vale drama students demonstrated focused professionalism throughout the day, working well with students from other schools across Devon and bringing an ethos of care, respect and collaboration. It’s clear that they’re being challenged and supported with incredibly high-quality teaching in their school. I’d like to pass along my congratulations to the school for the strength of their performing arts programme, and to the students for the calibre of their work and their focus on the day.”