Contemporary Arts’ Showcase puts students in the director's chair

Published: 1st April 2016

Published by City College Southampton

Last week our Performing Arts and Technical Production Arts students performed their Contemporary Arts’ Showcase, a two-night show curated, directed and performed entirely by the students themselves. 

The annual occasion provides a platform for art students to showcase their broad range of skills and talents in the College’s 240-seat hub theatre. As well as musical theatre, contemporary dance, stage combat, and Shakespearean monologues performed on stage, students designed the lighting and managed the sound and special effects behind the scenes.

Second year students, including Katie Manners, 19, had the audience laughing at their comedic monologues before the performing arts students brought the magic of the movies to the stage, with their impeccable musical theatre routines. 

Oliver Pope, 17, and fellow technical theatre and event management students were responsible for the smooth running of the backstage technicalities. The team spent two days prior to the showcase assembling their equipment and perfecting their lighting and sound schemes.

The showcase acts not only as a formal assessment but as preparation for interviews, auditions and future performances within their highly competitive chosen careers.

Production manager, Sam Matkowski, 19, said: “The showcase has been hard work, but everyone pulled together to produce a fantastic event. As a technical theatre student the whole experience has taught me so much. I've had to oversee set-design, health and safety and organise many departments.”

Production arts course leader, Marc Fairclough, said: “What makes the showcase so special is how it demonstrates the breadth of achievement by students across our extensive range of arts courses.”

Principal, Sarah Stannard said: “The Contemporary Arts’ showcase was a great success and represents City College Southampton’s dedication to career-led learning.

“The performances brought the house down and I am so proud of the hard work and commitment displayed by all of the students involved.”

All photos courtesy of HNC Photography students, Chloe Brehaut and Jake Taulbut.