Windsor College Performing Arts students took their incredible play Chaos to the bright lights of London as part of Connections, the National Theatre’s nationwide youth theatre festival. Their performance at the historic Albany theatre in Deptford follows sell out shows at Windsor’s Old Court of the play written by Laura Lomas, one of ten commissioned by the National Theatre for the festival.

Commenting on the opportunity of taking part in a national festival Natalie Jones Performing Arts Lecturer at Windsor College said: “While the Chaos set was loaded, our students took part in a drama workshop run by one of the youth directors from the theatre before performing in the beautiful 250 seater Albany auditorium. The students were brilliant, absolute professionals throughout this process, bringing so many creative ideas to the project and giving a fantastic performance on the night. The National Theatre directors who attended their show in both Windsor and at the Albany, were really impressed by their performances and professionalism.”

Playwright Laura Lomas wrote Chaos to embrace and celebrate the unpredictable energy, trouble and beauty of chaos. She commented: “I didn’t want it to always make sense, but I did want it to feel very alive – all the ways I remember feeling as a teenager”. The play is a symphony of dislocated and interconnected scenes. A series of characters searching for meaning in a complicated and unstable world. Bouncing through physics, the cosmos, love and violence, they find order in the disorder of each other.

This performance is just one of a number of outstanding shows presented by the students this year – including the hilarious and somewhat controversial, Avenue Q, which was performed at the College’s home theatre – the Old Court in Windsor.

The college offers a range of performing arts courses from Level 2 right up the HND and is one of the only colleges in the area to offer performing arts to professional standards. Shows are publicised on social media - Facebook @WindorForestColleges Twitter @WindsorForestCG instangram @windsorforestcg and @p.arts_windsorcollege.

For more information about studying performing arts or to apply for a course for September visit windsor-forest.ac.uk

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Join Windsor College Performing Arts students, 6-8 February at the Old Court Windsor, as they present Avenue Q, the laugh-out-loud musical that tells the timeless story of a recent college graduate named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. He soon discovers that although the residents seem nice, it's clear that this is not your ordinary neighbourhood. Together, Princeton and his new-found friends struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life. 

Although the show addresses adult issues, it is inspired by Sesame Street; a place where puppets are friends, Monsters are good and life lessons are learned.

Parental advisory, explicit content -  age recommendation of 15 +

Tickets available at The Old Court Website

https://www.oldcourt.org/sales/events/avenue-q

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For all our good intentions, the majority of us will not keep our New Year resolutions. So instead of making the same old resolutions this year, why not try learning a new skill, improving your prospects, changing careers or taking up a hobby in 2018.

Whether you want to study part-time or full-time, there’s plenty of new courses on offer to suit your needs and you don’t have to wait until September to start. From stand-up comedy to interior design and Italian to hairdressing, there are a variety of courses starting in early 2018 at Langley College, Windsor College and Strode’s College in Egham.

“It’s never too late to learn something new,” says Juliet Holloway, Assistant Principal for Marketing and Business Development at Windsor Forest Colleges Group. “We have students aged from 15 to 87 years old. With our part-time courses, people can learn at a pace that suits their lifestyle or work commitments. We have courses at various levels to suit most people’s needs and a growing range of apprenticeships, from catering to engineering.”

“This year, we also have a new Skills 4 Careers course for 16-18 year olds, which provides a first step towards a career and the chance to try a range of practical subjects. For adults, we offer an extensive range of recreational courses and professional qualifications, including our new six to 12 week fast-track courses. Some people may also be eligible for free course fees or a government loan.”

With everyone expected to work longer before retirement, keeping your skills up-to-date or training for a career you enjoy, is a wise move that is sure to pay off.

With growing demand for higher level skills and the cost of university education on the rise, many people are also finding studying for a higher level qualification (e.g. Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or Higher Apprenticeship) at their local college is a more convenient and affordable alternative.

From business to construction, Windsor Forest Colleges Group offers a growing range of Higher Education courses including a Foundation Degree in Tourism & Hospitality Management.

Katie Snowden is one individual who decided to study a foundation degree at Langley College:

“My circumstances meant that I couldn’t go to university straight away, but I didn’t want to delay my plans to become a teacher. Studying a degree course at Langley College was so convenient and the teachers were fantastic. They really make time for you and they’re so supportive.”

For those who wish to unwind from the stresses of modern life, take up a hobby or simply meet new people, then the College also has plenty of recreational courses to choose from. New courses for 2018 include stand-up comedy, knitting, sewing and tiling as well as flower arranging, digital photography, Spanish and British Sign Language.

Windsor Forest Colleges Group was formed in 2017 following a merger between East Berkshire College and Strode’s College in Egham. For further information on over 800 courses and the financial support available, contact Windsor Forest Colleges Group on 01753 793000 or visit www.windsor-forest.ac.uk/courses

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Pupils at local primary schools were last week treated to two action-packed stage adventures thanks to talented performing arts students from Windsor College, part of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group. Putting their own twist on the classic pantos, Pinocchio and The Wizard of Oz, the students delighted the young audiences with professional shows full of colourful characters and comic capers.

Now in its 14th year, the festive panto tour saw the College students deliver a series of 45 minute pantomimes to groups of between 40 and 300 children at various primary schools, including Marish Primary School, Ryvers Primary School and Eton Wick First School.

Both productions had all the elements you would expect from a classic panto, such as adventure, music, dancing, colourful costumes and plenty of audience participation. The tour was created as part of a module of the College’s Performing Arts BTEC Level 3 Diploma course and students have spent the term developing their skills in this area of performance.

Lecturer Natalie Jones said: “The response at every show was tremendous and the students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The tour provides our students with an insight into what it is like to be part of a professional touring company, with some early starts, creating characters, improvising and adapting their performance to fit different spaces.”

The performing arts department at Windsor College have been visiting Ryvers Primary School in Langley on their panto tour for the last fourteen years.

Jane Alameddine, School Administrator at Ryvers School, explains: “The students from the College do such a good job, it is all very professionally organised and our pupils love the shows. That is why we ask them back every year. In fact, they now put on two performances for us.”

The College’s performing arts department has an excellent record of success with many students progressing onto successful careers on the stage and screen or behind the scenes. Former students include actor David Gyasi, who has appeared in Interstella, BBC2 drama White Heat and E4 drama Containment.

Windsor College is part of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group, which was formed in 2017 following a merger between East Berkshire College and Strode’s College in Egham. For further information on Windsor College and its wide range of creative courses, please visit www.windsor-forest.ac.uk/courses or call 01753 793000.

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