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Nothing ordinary about students’ Ordinalia performance

Published: March 2, 2020

Cornwall College St Austell 16-18

A group of innovative student actors have taken their passion for theatre to the stage at a prestigious drama showcase event.

The young actors, all studying with Cornwall College St Austell’s Launch Theatre & Performance Company, were given the amazing opportunity to host a secondary drama showcase entitled ‘Out of the Ordinalia’ at Falmouth University.

Delivered by The Hall For Cornwall in collaboration with Kresen Kernow, the event saw 14 groups of drama students from secondary schools across the county come together across two nights to present on the theme of the medieval mystery plays; The Ordinalia.

Working with renowned Theatre Director and member of Kneehigh Theatre Simon Harvey, the Cornwall College students played the role of ‘the Ordinaries’. This involved hosting the evening shows, introducing school groups to the stage and ensuring the event ran smoothly.

Nineteen-year-old Sophie Filbey from St Austell progressed from Penrice Academy onto the Acting Extended Diploma at Cornwall College. She described the experience as “a challenge, but one we weren’t scared to try”.

“It was nice to be able to experience a different side to performing,” she continued.

“Hosting was a challenge as the information needed to be delivered to the audience while keeping their interest. As ‘the Ordinaries’, we were the ones helping to bring the showcase to life.”

In addition to their role in the evening performances, the group also delivered daytime workshops to each of the school groups performing, guiding them through activities to improve focus and other core performance skills.

“We all took turns to lead the workshops, where we passed on the skills and techniques used by an actor to ensure a strong performance,” Sophie explained.

“Learning how to work with big groups, controlling them while keeping them engaged, was great experience for us all.”

‘Out of the Ordinalia’ included performances from Penryn College, CAPPA Drama, Richard Lander School, Treviglas School, Pool Academy, St Ives School, Bodmin College, Redruth School, Fowey River Academy and Cape Cornwall School. The secondary school students involved were making history as the showcase marked the first time ever that the collection of medieval scripts had been performed together in its entirety.

Fellow Launch student Ieuan Jones described being involved as “a great learning experience”.

Twenty-year-old Ieuan, studied at Newquay Tretherras before joining Launch Theatre & Performance Training at the College’s St Austell campus.

Ieuan said: “What I enjoyed most was seeing how differently groups portrayed the stories they were given whilst following the same scripts. All had their own variations on characters and had certain ways of giving their version a unique feel.”

Launch Theatre & Performance Training is part of the Creative Academy, a new learning environment in St Austell offering a range of courses including performing arts, dance, acting, creative and commercial photography, media and film, games and animation and art and design.

To find out about studying at the Creative Academy at Cornwall College St Austell, please visit HERE or visit our next Open Event on Saturday 14th March from 10am-12pm.

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