Theatre and college team up on new course

THE NEW Theatre Royal in Portsmouth has teamed up with Highbury College to launch a new diploma for performing arts students this September.

The new BTEC Level 3 in Performing Arts is the first of its kind in Portsmouth, as drama students will have the chance to learn all about working backstage in a real theatre.

The course will be officially launched at NTR’s Creative Choices Day on Wednesday, when it will play host to Portsmouth schools for its first careers event.

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Open to local schools, the day provides students aged 14 to 18 with the opportunity to meet industry professionals, learn about life behind the scenes at a working theatre and take part in a number of interactive workshops including playwriting, stage skills and choreography.

Caroline Sharman, NTR’s chief executive, said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity for us as it chimes perfectly with our ambitions to be a learning theatre and offer support for local people to develop backstage skills.’

At the end of the two-year programme, students will receive a qualification equivalent to three A Levels. For more information visit or e-mail [email protected].