Sunderland students explore world of theatre

PHYSICAL ART:  Zach Fletcher, from Frantic Assembly, led the workshop with students from Sunderland College.
PHYSICAL ART: Zach Fletcher, from Frantic Assembly, led the workshop with students from Sunderland College.
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A NATIONAL theatre company has put the city’s performing arts students through their paces.

 The critically-acclaimed Frantic Assembly led two workshops at Sunderland College to help students explore the world of theatre.

 Students, aged from 16 to 23, were taught a variety of physical theatre techniques to express different emotions during the three-hour workshops, which were held in the college’s new Visual and Performing Arts building.

 Foundation degree drama student Ivan Hencir, 23, said: “The workshop was truly inspiring and overall, amazing. It was a fantastic opportunity for the students of the city to work with Frantic Assembly and, as a result, our physical theatre skills have greatly improved.”

 Led by Frantic Assembly practitioner Zach Fletcher, the workshops helped the drama students channel their natural body movements into storytelling form.

 Zach said: “It was great working with the students at Sunderland College.

 “It is a truly inspiring experience to collaborate with such a committed, thoughtful and talented group of young theatre makers.

 “The level of engagement with our work from the students leaves me excited to see what these budding artists will have to offer in the future.”

 Frantic Assembly, led by co-founder and artistic director Scott Graham, has a 20-year history of making and touring new works nationally and internationally.

 BTEC and foundation degree students will be incorporating their new techniques into their theatre performance on January 20, which depicts the treatment of women who fraternised with German soldiers after the Second World War ended. A-level drama students will be using these new skills for their practical exam pieces which take place next month.