Gosport and Fareham Multi-Academy Trust team up with Titchfield Festival Theatre to inspire next generation of actors and singers
BUDDING young actors, dancers and singers will soon be able to tread the boards alongside the stars of one of the region’s best known theatres.
The Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust (GFM), which includes Bay House and Brune Park secondary schools, has teamed up with Titchfield Festival Theatre (TFT) to launch a two-year BTEC diploma in performing arts.
The level three qualification is the equivalent of three A-levels and will begin in September – hopefully when Covid restrictions have eased to allow audiences to see live performances.
Artistic director at the Fareham theatre, Kevin Fraser said: ‘Titchfield Festival Theatre are delighted to be able to partner with the GFM on this initiative.
‘Young People are the mainstay of theatre. It’s important to ensure the performing arts sector have a pool of trained and inspired individuals who wish to go on and seek a career in this business sector.’
As well as performing on stage, the youngsters will also work alongside the theatre’s cast and crew on the technical aspects of creating a production, including behind the scenes.
Head of performing arts at the GFM David Malcolmson said: ‘We are very happy to work with a highly respected organisation such as the Titchfield Festival Theatre.
‘They have a well-deserved reputation for engaging, inspiring, entertaining and challenging audiences, with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works.
‘This course is unique and vocational in the truest sense because it will allow our students to work alongside talented people working within the industry.’
GFM assistant headteacher Steve Osborne stressed the pioneering course has been designed in in collaboration with industry experts to ensure it meets the needs of employers.
He added: ‘Working alongside professional and industry experts, teachers will provide the young people of Gosport and beyond the chance to learn their craft on the job.
‘This course provides the skills young people need to move to the next stage.’
The partnership has the full backing of Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage who said: ‘It’s fantastic the GFM are launching these unique vocational courses for their students.
‘We must continue to build up the next generation as we look to recover post-Covid and it’s fantastic to see a collaborative partnership with local organisations to offer these vocational courses.’