Fame School Takes Off

Photocall: 6pm, Thursday 6 October, at the Media and Performing Arts, Stoke on Trent College, Moorland Road, Burslem, ST6 1JJ.

City Fame School takes off following revamp

Budding actors, singers and film directors have been given a major boost following work to transform Stoke-on-Trent’s “fame school.”

A series of exciting improvements have been made to the Media and Performing Arts Centre at Stoke on Trent College.

And the college has teamed up with the UK’s major film and music training bodies to ensure youngsters with talent are helped to achieve their first steps to stardom.

The centre at Stoke on Trent College will be relaunched with an open evening on October 6 at 6pm at Burslem Campus.

The revamped centre at Stoke on Trent College’s Burslem Campus has been designed to inspire creativity among its students.

The centre caters for a wide range of creative courses including art and design, media, photography and fashion.

Students enrolling at the college for the new academic year will be greeted by huge murals depicting the performing arts and enter through a revamped foyer complete with a large flat screen TV playing footage of the students’ performances and trailing future productions.

More than £250,000 has been spent on facilities for the students including:

  • A dance studio with professional standard sprung flooring
  • A new drama rehearsal studio
  • A state of the art digital recording studio
  • A digital suite with state of the art computing equipment for digital game production
  • New chill-out zone decorated with graffiti art by youngsters from Burslem’s Unity arts project.

In addition, music students can take advantage of three new rehearsal rooms and three writing rooms which are each kitted out with PA systems, drum kits, keyboards and guitars.

Charles Bartholomew, Head of Performing Arts, said: “We are tremendously excited by the new developments – it is the start of a new era for the arts in Stoke-on-Trent.

“Everything has been designed with students in mind. We are giving North Staffordshire youngsters the best possible start on their journey into an arts career.

“For example, our music studios are of professional standard and are run by Lee Beddow who also runs professional recording studios (Abbey Sounds, of Rugeley).

“We have also established formal links with the major training bodies for the arts in the UK – the British Youth Film Academy, National Skills Academy and Access to Music.”

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