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Reading College performing arts student wins a work experience placement at a London theatre

A performing arts student from Reading College will take to the stage as part of a work experience placement at The Old Vic theatre in London.

19 February 2020

A performing arts student from Reading College will take to the stage as part of a work experience placement at The Old Vic theatre in London. 

Sam Elliott, aged 17-years-old from Reading, is one of the 15 young people nationwide who have won a place on The Old Vic’s unique work experience programme: The Old Vic Takeover which will take place from 17-21 February. 

Sam, who is studying a Performing and Production Arts Level 3 Extended Diploma at Reading College, applied for the placement after seeing it advertised on the Reading Rep Facebook page.   

Treading the boards

As part of the placement, Sam and the rest of the participants will have the chance to perform on stage at The Old Vic. He will also learn about how a producing theatre operates, meet industry professionals, find out more about careers in the arts and undertake a series of challenges, enabling him to develop his teamwork, communication, problem solving and public speaking skills.  

One of the highlights of the week will be when Sam and other participants get to watch a performance of Endgame which stars Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming.  

He said: “It'll be great to watch two big actors live, instead of behind the camera and seeing how they handle making mistakes. That’s what I like about theatre that it’s so raw and genuine and you have to get it right on the spot. 

“I’m looking forward to performing on stage at The Old Vic. I’m also excited about getting into groups, meeting new people and getting some new ideas. 

“Acting is what I’d like to do in the future, and I think doing work experience with The Old Vic will make me stand out a bit more and putting it in my portfolio would definitely be a very big boost as people would see how involved I am in the arts.” 

Unique opportunities in the arts

Reading College’s performing arts course is unlike any other in the country. As part of their pathway, students join Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, which is a partnership with Reading's professional theatre company, Reading Rep.  

Christie O'Carroll, Associate Director at Reading Rep, said: “Through Reading Rep's partnership with Reading College, we are always looking for further professional activities for our students.  

“I am so delighted that Sam applied for The Old Vic programme. This is a highly competitive placement, open to only 15 young people from all over the UK.  

“The Old Vic is one of London's most established producing theatres, so I know that he will learn loads and the Old Vic team are also very lucky to have Sam working with them! This will look great when applying to Higher Education next year.”   

Find out more about performing and production arts courses at Activate Learning or contact us on 0800 612 6008.