Unique Partnership Formed with Mayflower Theatre

17th January 2018

We have some fantastic news to share. We have now entered into a formal partnership with Mayflower Theatre in Southampton, which will see our collaborative projects form an integral part of our vocational Musical Theatre course curriculum! We are the only college to have established such a partnership with Mayflower Theatre and we are delighted that we are able to offer our students this truly unique opportunity and highly valuable set of learning experiences.

This collaboration will primarily centre on a bespoke series of devised theatre projects. Members of Mayflower Engage (the theatre’s community and education department), together with professional practitioners, will create a piece of devised theatre for our students through a series of creative learning sessions. The development opportunities here are endless. They will perfect their performance and devising skills, build key industry contacts, and learn from the professionals how to really build that connection with a live audience. This industry experience will help them stand apart from the competition and greatly enhance their future career prospects.

The first project is to be based on the concepts of movement, displacement and migration and will incorporate the style of Frantic Assembly and themes from the story of ‘The Kite Runner’. Our students will then take part in a ‘Theatre in Education School Tour’. In the tour, they will perform their new repertoire and use their learning and experience to deliver workshops to local school children. The whole project will account for three of their 18 course units and is assessed.

In addition, our students will benefit with a Mayflower Theatre Youth Membership, will be seeing ‘The Kite Runner’ when the play is on at the theatre in April, and will be taken on a theatre tour.

Our Principal, Alice Wrighton, says, “I am thrilled that we have embarked upon this new project, which enhance our already strong working relationship with Mayflower Theatre.  Above all, we are very proud to be able to give our Performing Arts students access to direct input to their qualification from the professionals at this top regional theatre. They will benefit hugely from this stand-out experience, which is yet more evidence of Mayflower Theatre’s strong commitment to its local community”.

Sara Scott, Head of Creative Learning at Mayflower Theatre said, “Community and Education is at the heart of the theatre’s Engage department and we are delighted that we are strengthening our working relationship with Richard Taunton Sixth Form College to offer their Performing Arts students these wonderful opportunities.”