Masterclass for performing arts students

Hugh Hodgart (centre) with BTEC Performing Arts students
Hugh Hodgart (centre) with BTEC Performing Arts students

Budding actors at West Notts College enjoyed a practical workshop from a top industry specialist when the Dean of Drama from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS), Hugh Hodgart, came to the college.

Hugh told the students on how to pitch the perfect audition to enter higher level courses to the Acting and Musical Theatre BTEC Level 3 students, as well as giving professional feedback on their latest performance pieces.

He spoke to university-level students about Masters degrees that could be studied at the RCS – one of the top drama schools in the UK – and gave them an insight into his professional life and the performing arts industry.

Acting and Musical Theatre BTEC student George Morley (16) said: “Hugh showed us how to succeed in our future auditions.

“He told us more about where we can study at different drama schools and about the drama school in Scotland where he’s based and it was really interesting.

“My dream job would be performing on a stage or teaching drama appeals to me too.”

Curriculum manager for performing arts, Kerry Pilcher, said: “It was a great opportunity for students to meet Hugh. His wealth of experience in the industry and advice about succeeding in the art provided our students with plenty to think about as they study at the college.

“We seek to actively engage with national drama schools to widen our students’ knowledge of performing arts education and the industry as a whole.

“Several of our learners have shown an interest in pursuing their studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.”