School Ghouls

School ghouls take centre stage

MORE than 60 school pupils are set to be transformed into an army of the living dead at Hanley’s Victoria Hall.

The ghastly ghouls will take over the stage at the venue as part of the annual Creative Choices learning event, which allows children to take a peep behind the theatre curtain and learn about everything from lighting to theatrical make-up.

On hand to help create the bloodthirsty scene will be students from Stoke-on-Trent College’s performing arts and make-up departments, who will give them a step-by-step taster in theatrical make-up, ready for their stage debut as zombies in a specially scripted play for the day.

Charles Bartholomew, Assistant Director of Media and Performing Arts at Stoke-on-Trent College said:

“We are delighted to be involved in this popular event again, which offers a unique learning experience for school pupils to come in and see what it’s like working in theatre, from the lighting and sound stage to the make-up and costume department.

This year our tutor Martin Alcock, has devised a great script about mummies which they will perform alongside our students, so the whole day should be really good fun for them.”

Ian Moore, creative learning manager at the Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall, said: “The idea of the day is to show pupils there are other career pathways in theatre outside of the spotlight which often get overlooked.

It’s a very popular day and is always oversubscribed as they have a fantastic time. After attending different workshops throughout the day, the experience culminates in their own performance which pulls together everything they’ve learnt during the day with lighting, sound effects and make-up.”

The Victoria Hall is one of 33 theatres and live music venues to open its doors for the Creative Choices events throughout October and November, organised through Creative & Cultural Skills and the National Skills Academy.

Research carried out by Creative & Cultural Skills, the Sector Skills Council for the creative and cultural sector, identified that by 2017 there would be a need for 30,000 skilled backstage and offstage technical theatre staff to support the festivals, theatre, live indoor and outdoor events.

For more information visit, join us on facebook at

Apply Today   Step 1 - Select a Course