Performing arts group session

Dance students take part in a physical workshop during which some of them climb on the back of others whilst laughing

In April, Performing & Production Arts students from Stratford-upon-Avon College took part in a workshop led by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and Motionhouse, as part of Shout Out for the Arts.

They learnt all about the RSC and Motionhouse and also heard about our scheme and its mission.

A circle of students all wearing black and they are holding pieces of white paper

“It was very informative and I am very excited about Shout Out for the Arts and I’m interested to get involved.” 

Stratford-upon-Avon College student

In the session, Motionhouse took students through a warmup, and this was followed by an exercise from the RSC that used Romeo and Juliet to explore language and performance.

Finally, they took part in a physical activity that explored contact performance.

Young people and adult practitioners discuss a workshop whilst sitting in a circle

“It was great as an actor to do more movement work and experience a different art form.”

Stratford-upon-Avon College student

The group was able to contribute to Shout Out for the Arts and answer questions as a group about:

  • What is important to them about the arts?
  • What needs to happen for more young people to access the arts in Warwickshire?
  • What art meant to them?
Young dancers wearing black stand on top of each other’s backs in a workshop

“It’s important that young people develop a sense of their own agency and are actively engaged in shaping decision-making around the sorts of arts experiences and creative opportunities on offer to them locally. That’s why we want [Shout Out for the Arts] to be youth-led; for young people to use their passion and knowledge to have the impact that is needed.” 

Sophie Hobson, Royal Shakespeare Company
Motionhouse students take part in a workshop in Warwickshire and two of them are balancing on each other
Motionhouse students take part in a workshop in Warwickshire and two of them are balancing on each other
All photos on this page by Stratford-upon-Avon College.

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