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News: Acting students tread the boards of Nottingham Playhouse

Connections Group Shot

A group of Nottingham College Acting (Level 3 Extended Diploma) students got the chance to perform on stage at The Nottingham Playhouse recently (3rd June) as part of the National Theatre’s Connections Festival.

The National Theatre commissions ten new plays for young people to perform each year, bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting writers with the theatre-makers of tomorrow.

Three hundred youth theatre companies and over 6,000 young people from every corner of the UK are producing a Connections play this year.

Nottingham College Actors performed the satirical play ‘A Series of Public Apologies (in response to an unfortunate incident in the school lavatories)’ by John Donnelly.

Acting student Rio Rodriguez-Fernandez played the role of a substitute teacher. She plans to stay on at College to study the Acting Foundation Degree, before progressing to drama school.


It’s great for young people to be able to perform as part of Connections, as it’s a real test of what we’re going into and what will be expected of us in the industry.

- Rio

Student, David Townsend, added: “Acting on a professional stage and in a professional environment like Nottingham Playhouse is amazing and a real upgrade to the more low-budget productions I’m used to.

“My character that I’ve created is an ambitious reporter and I love that I’ve been allowed to build a character this way. It’s been such a good experience.”

Nottingham College offers a variety of Performing Arts courses, covering a range of skills, from acting, dance and musical theatre, to lighting, sound and set design.

You’ll have access to amazing facilities at our brand new City Hub campus, including a 200-seater theatre equipped with the latest lighting and sound technology. Plus, we also have dance studios, acting studios, a costume department, a set design studio and a construction workshop!

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  • 15th June 2021 (12:14 PM)
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