Students prepare for drama farewell at Norton College

Norton College foundation degree students in rehearsals for Punk Rock, Ernest and the Pale Moon and Blue Remembered Hills
Norton College foundation degree students in rehearsals for Punk Rock, Ernest and the Pale Moon and Blue Remembered Hills
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Drama foundation degree students will be taking to the stage at Norton College for the last time - performing a series of three plays this term.

Seventeen second-year foundation degree students will showcase a double bill from February 24 to 27.

The chilling contemporary play is set in a sixth form common room and is about a pupil who brings a gun into school.

The double bill also includes a performance of Ernest and the Pale Moon, an unusual and compelling tale about an obsessional man who is driven over the edge.

The students saw the play on their visit to the Edinburgh Festival last year - an annual trip that is part of the course.

Later on in the term, eight first-year foundation degree students will perform Blue Remembered Hills.

They will rehearse the play within a week before performing it on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13.

Dennis Potter’s iconic play tells the story of a group of seven-year-old children, played by adults, during the Second World War. The students have had to research the typical clothes worn by children during that era as they recreate the period.

Jo Beadle, performing arts lecturer at Sheffield College, said: “We will ensure that our last foundation degree shows based at Norton are outstanding, as part of a fitting finale before we move to Hillsborough College in September.

“The foundation degree is in its 10th year and many of our current students studied on the BTEC diploma course here before choosing to progress to the next level, and stay with us to complete a degree.”

She added: “Our current and former students, many of whom stay in touch with us, have a great affection for Norton.

“Like them, I have loved my time here but I am also excited about the move.

“The new performance centre looks tremendous and I am really looking forward to working there and the fantastic potential of what we can achieve.”

Norton College performing arts students and staff will move to a new £8.8 million purpose-built extension at Hillsborough College, Livesey Street, in September as part of a £15.6 million Sheffield College upgrade.