Students from Whitefield School, Highlands School and Barnet and Southgate College were treated to an exclusive performance by third year BA Theatre Arts students as part of Middlesex University's theatre arts discovery days series.
The event, delivered by Middlesex academics, saw visiting students flex their acting muscles with a highly active workshop, before watching third year students perform their adaptation of Svetlana Alexievichs ‘Chernobyl Prayer’, entitled, ‘The Black Story’.
The challenging piece, which explores “‘helplessness’, ‘decay and destruction’, ‘the invisible enemy’ (radiation) and the idea of "nature reclaiming its destined space over human built infrastructure” provoked a range of thoughtful questions from the visitors, who were able to explore the piece and theatre arts in a Q&A session with both academics and students.
“We had a great time on Wednesday – the students came away talking a lot about the performance and studying at Middlesex which was great. We really appreciate being invited,” said Melissa, Teacher at Highlands School.
The fun and interactive event provided attendees with a taste of student life, giving them direct experience of what it's like to study theatre arts at Middlesex.
Visiting students also got to explore the facilities at Middlesex, including rehearsal studios and the 100-plus capacity Ravenscroft theatre as well as having the opportunity to speak to academics and current students about the University and future career pathways.
As well as providing a taste of university life and theatre arts, the sessions for 11 to 13 year olds are designed to work alongside our Make Your Mark campaign to raise the aspirations of young people, providing opportunities to try out new subjects and explore progression routes in higher education.
Learn more about Theatre Arts at Middlesex University