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16th April 2019

Last week, we were lucky enough to catch the final dress rehearsal for Newcastle College’s HND and HNC Performing Arts & Acting students most recent performance, Dr Faustus, which took place on Friday 12th April at 7pm at Ford Green Hall.

The play, which was written by Shakespeare’s contemporary, Christopher Marlowe and first published in 1604, tells the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil in return for 24 years of power and knowledge – a legend that began in Germany in the 1500s. The story has inspired countless writers, dramatists and composers ever since.

Our incredibly multi-talented students have not only acted in the show, but also organised the whole performance themselves as part of their course. Those involved got the chance to be involved in all aspects of the production, including: sourcing the venue, script writing, marketing & advertising and sourcing costumes for the show.

The historic Ford Green Hall was chosen by the students both because of its locality and character. The production was performed in the courtyard of the 17thcentury farm house with it's flood banks providing a natural amphitheatre setting to really help bring the production to life.

On the experience Ashley Cook, aged 21, studying on the HND in Acting at Newcastle College, said: “As part of the wider group, my role was to manage the marketing and advertising of the performance. I pulled together a communications plan and briefed the team on all of the activities we needed to get involved in to raise awareness of the performance and ultimately sell tickets. I’m really proud of everyone’s efforts and how we’ve been able to organise a successful performance on such a large scale.”

Hannah Edwards, aged 19, studying HND in Acting at Newcastle College, said: “I’ve really enjoyed doing this module as part of my university-level course and helping create the production from scratch. Because we’ve been working as part of a team, it’s enabled me to develop my communication skills and see various aspects of the production that I may not normally get visibility on which has been great.”

For more information on studying Performing Arts at Newcastle College, please visit: https://nscg.ac.uk/newcastle-campus/explore/performing-arts-centre or call 01782 715111 for more information.

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