Lydia was one of 11 PCS students from years 9, 10 and 11 who attended a Professional Television and West End workshop at Brighton’s newest Performing Arts College.
BRICTT (Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training) which is affiliated to BIMM and the University of Sussex.
We attended three individual workshops. The first one was with Sydney Craven from Eastenders, who ran an acting workshop. It was really good fun as well as inspirational, Sydney told us that hard work really does pay off.
Then we attended a singing workshop with Ashleigh Gray who has played Elphaba in Wicked. She made us speak the lyrics to a song first so that we really understood the emotions of the song.We did lots of singing exercises to warm up our voices. Ashleigh told us “when you are on the stage, you have to always be 100% in the role and believe in your character’s emotions”. It made me realise how singing and acting are the same.
After that we did a dance workshop with a choreographer called Lindon Barr who is currently nominated for Broadway World UK’s award for ‘Best Choreographer’. He was amazing and even though I’m not a dancer, he was very patient and helped us all to succeed.
It was a really enjoyable experience and I would definitely consider furthering my training in the performing arts at BRICTT.
Jemma Newman – Careers Advisor
An inspirational day that gave our students the opportunity to speak to people in the industry and to gain inside knowledge about the performing arts.It was a confidence booster and some students had to work outside of their comfort zones. Our students were fantastic and engaged with energy in every activity. I was also impressed with the staff at BRICTT who were encouraging and supportive.