On Sunday 30th April 2017 18 students from the College took part in a performance day at the Bristol Old Vic, presenting themselves as Noise @ The Patch Theatre Company. This day was the culmination of 7 months work, two hours a week working with two theatre practitioners from the Old Vic. The students created their own original devised performance based on the theme of “Everything is Political”. The Company Day was attended by a total of 6 schools from across Bristol and was compered by ITV’s Broadchurch actor and former BOV Company student John Simms who enthusiastically introduced each performance and also talked about the value of the arts in the curriculum and to students generally; whether they continue with their training in arts or choose other careers.
This was the first year that Patchway students have been involved in the Company programme and it has been a thoroughly memorable experience. In addition, two company members – Thabo Kona and Max Wescott – were awarded free bursaries to the Old Vic Young Company for 2017-2018; however all students should be proud of what they have achieved. We hope to see their performance again at the Summer Showcase On Wed 28th June 2017.