Outside Dora Stoutzker Hall, RWCMD, Cardiff.
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama is ‘refocusing’ in promise to become more diverse
Cardiff-based drama school the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) promises to double the number of scholarships it offers in a new £5 million strategy to become a ‘future-focused, industry-led conservatoire’.
Approaching its 75th birthday in 2024, the school has launched a five-year plan and promise initiative to become a ‘different kind’ of educational institution, supported by a ‘sustainable investment strategy’ that the college had previously put in place, and a £5 million fundraising campaign.
The new initiative centres around providing opportunities to young people, regardless of their economic or social background. The institution has promised to double the number of scholarships on offer and will establish a new bursary, as well as increasing routes into the arts for young people across Wales.
Principal of RWCMD Helena Gaunt said: ‘Over the next five years, while excellence and performance will always remain at the heart of everything we do, we will become a different kind of conservatoire, one that is more relevant, diverse, accessible,
connected and engaged.
Through broader and deeper opportunities to engage in the arts, we promise to be part of the nation’s recovery from Covid-19 and to focus on longterm means of improving wellbeing and social inclusion and delivering economic impact for Wales.’
The school has said it is ‘refocusing’ training for young people under 18, supporting the new expressive arts curriculum in Wales and promoting the training of its own students to become teachers and mentors. Student touring in Wales will also be put at the forefront.
Other ambitions include setting up a residency programme in Cardiff city centre, which would take over unused space for new courses, public performances, and participation, particularly for school-age children, it said.
Gaunt encourages businesses in Wales to consider sponsoring productions or providing bursaries, as well as appealing for members of the public to donate.
National Theatre shares 10 world-class productions with education bodies globally An additional 10 theatre productions have been made available on the National Theatre Collection platform for schools, colleges, and education bodies worldwide, in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing and ProQuest.
71 per cent of UK state secondary schools have now signed up to access the National Theatre Collection, which is free for UK state-funded schools and FE colleges. Private schools and international education institutions will need to top up their subscriptions to access the new productions.
The new collections of productions include contemporary plays, such as
James Graham’s This House, and Inua Ellams’ Barbershop Chronicles and Three Sisters. 20th century American dramas also feature, including Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, performed at the Old Vic, starring Sally Field and Bill Pullman, and A View from the Bridge from the Young Vic, directed by Ivo van Hove and starring Mark Strong and Nicola Walker.
Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth is available to watch, directed by Rufus Norris, artistic director of the NT. Younger audiences can watch I Want My Hat Back, an adaptation of Jon Klassen’s children’s picture book.
Alice King-Farlow, the NT’s director of Learning said, ‘The
The Barbershop Chronicles at the National Theatre
National Theatre Collection has been a vital resource for many schools and colleges over the past year and we are delighted to expand this offering with a new collection of brilliant productions in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing and ProQuest.
‘We want to ensure access to the arts as part of a rich and broad education for every young person across the UK
and through theatre we hope to inspire students to be curious, learn new skills and develop new perspectives to explore the world around them.’
A further 10 titles will be added in February 2022. Schools and educational establishments can sign up to access the National Theatre Collection at www. nationaltheatre.org.uk/learning/ national-theatre-collection
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