New partnership for pupils of the performing arts

DCHS pupils take part in Black Coffee Theatre workshop. Ref: NG black coffee
DCHS pupils take part in Black Coffee Theatre workshop. Ref: NG black coffee

A new partnership has seen school pupils having lessons at Alnwick Playhouse.

The Duchess’s Community High School has teamed up with the theatre to deliver its new A-Level in theatre and drama studies.

The school’s theatre group has performed its productions at the theatre for the last 13 years and is now making its links stronger.

And to give the students even more insight into the performing arts workshops with Black Coffee Theatre Company were held last week.

GCSE and AS-Level students were given a careers advice talk by the company, alongside former DCHS pupil Katie Catling who is now the programme manager for Northern Stage.

Assistant headteacher at the high school, Martin Allenby, said: “We are very excited about the future, our relationship with the Playhouse is first class and there are not many schools with such fabulous facilities on their doorstep.

“The workshops were the first of many link-ups we have planned and I cannot thank Jo Potts and her staff enough for their support and encouragement.

“We want to be recognised as the school to come to if you want access and opportunities in the performing arts.

“We are also trying to give the community an insight into the school and Playhouse and how we are working hard to make links.

“There are lots and lots of opportunities available for students in north Northumberland that want to do performing arts.”

Pupils also saw a matinee performance of Black Coffee’s Found.