Lights, camera, action! The spotlight’s on you with Performing Arts at Bedford College

Who doesn’t love the bright lights and buzz of the West End? The Lion King, Les Mis, Phantom, Wicked… London’s West End is a musical lover’s idea of heaven and a dream destination for those performing and working behind the scenes.

If you want a career on stage, creative talent is vital, but won’t be enough on its own. Determination and the ability to cope with rejection are key to thriving in the industry and getting plenty of experience while at College in productions, local workshops, events and festivals will almost certainly be an advantage.

Whether they’re studying acting, dancing, musical theatre, theatrical make-up or technical theatre & stage management, our students are often out and about gaining professional experience under the instruction of industry professionals, some of whom have performed on the West End stage in the past.

To give you a taste of the busy lives our students lead, here’s a quick glance at some of their calendar over the past year…

  • November 2016: Performing at the College’s annual Achievements Ceremony at the Bedford Corn Exchange
  • January 2017: Providing entertainment at a Cabaret night at the College’s training restaurant
  • June 2017: Performing at the College’s Festival of Learning stand in Bedford town centre
  • June 2017: Taking part in a play at Queen’s Park community centre as part of a ‘Breaking down Barriers in Mental Health - Personal Resilience’ day

The students’ End of Year Shows were also a huge success. Theatrical Make-up students put on ‘A Night at the Movies’, featuring scenes from The Lion King, Comic Book, Bollywood, Disney, Alice in Wonderland and a finale of horror scenes. The Level 3 Dance students performed a number of different styles along with a restaging of the opening number to Chicago in their Annual Dance Show. And Performing Arts and Production Arts students put on three fantastic evening performances of The Wizard of Oz with singing, dancing and amazing costumes and set design!  

There are always new opportunities to put students in the spotlight. Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson has invited our students to come up with ideas for events and art activities at the Riverside North development opposite the College and the Bedford Swan Hotel is talking about taking musical students on board at its riverside terrace.

We’ve visited Broadway in New York, attended the Music Live exhibition, back stage tours of theatres in the West End and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Globe.

And it’s not so bad when they’re back in Bedford either. Our multi-million pound South Bank Arts Centre houses: an up-to-date theatre with professional grade lighting, the latest microphones and audio systems and a large costume wardrobe; theatrical make-up studio; dance studios; rehearsal, recording and television studios; and more.

Once their College experience has come to an end, students are successful in getting in to nationally recognised performing arts schools such as RADA, Mountview, LAMDA, Rose Bruford and East 15, or university.

Find out more about Performing Arts study programmes at Bedford College