We began Season 2 in January with :INMOTION: an evening of performance in movement; contemporary technique and physical theatre. Andrew Pullen, Head of Drama and Dance said “it was wonderful to see our students exploring text and physical theatre and creating mature and developed pieces of performance, they tackled the work with a drive and a passion, which they have taken into their own performance practice.” The audience were treated to an eclectic mixture of dance, physical theatre and spoken word that aimed to question the world in which we live, the societies and communities we are creating and the language we use to both provoke and defend. During this time of division and attack, it was wonderful to witness – creative juices flowing, ideas being fired up; our antennae alive to all the possibilities alive to what is happening.
The centrepiece of Season 2 is our 360 Degrees Festival of contemporary theatre, exploring current issues and current theatre practice; in all, 10 re-interpretations of contemporary texts were created by our ClassAction practitioners. We were interested here in exploring the idea of abuse and escape in a contemporary world and texts range from Laura Wade’s Posh, Lucy Prebble’s The Effect and Simon Stephens’ Punk Rock – we also worked with the new version of Stone’s Yerma and were one of the first non-professional companies to work with Kieran Knowles’ play 31 Hours. This work is located in the real, and that is what gives it its strength and authenticity.
Here at ClassAction we are interested in exploring and playing with contemporary theatre practice and we realise the best work is made in a creative environment within a firm framework of teaching and learning. If a student is determined on a life devoted to dance, musical theatre, or drama and theatre, then this could well be the right place. Our results and the work created testifies to our success, as does the range of successful ex-students now working and studying in the creative industries.
The teaching-team at ClassAction is driving the development of the department, embracing our course offerings and the new drive towards performance preparation, which is under pinned with academic rigour. This is all our news from within the college’s walls. We do what we do because we see the potential in all our trainee practitioners, and we want well-crafted voices populating the same landscape as us. On any one night this week you could have seen ex Godalming students in a range of performances and technical support roles including, the West End productions of “9 to 5” and “Violet”, production managing Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, artistic directing The Vault Festival in Waterloo working with Hofesh Shechter Dance Company one alumni working in Stage Management and one dancing with the company - and filming for CBS in New York for “FBI”.