We asked Pete McAuley from the SPB Ensemble to tell us a little about the BTEC Variety Performance which is being performed at this year’s Theatre Fest West festival.
The SPB Ensemble is a group of first and second year performing and production arts students. The course is run in partnership by Wiltshire College and Salisbury Playhouse. As part of Theatre Fest West the second year students have created a number of short pieces of work ranging from physical theatre and devising to four original scripts based on poems
Courtney Brownless, one of the students, said “My favourite is the disconnected piece, because we based it on the style of Frantic Assembly and that is a company I wanted to explore. Because it is an improvisation-based piece we don’t really have a script but we have basic lines which are said that move the performance on”.
Josh Pratchett, one of the Production Arts students, said “It’s great working alongside a professional Salisbury Playhouse technician. We get to learn so much and to practically have a go at things. I like seeing things in a plan and then watching the plan come to life. It was nice to transform a basic and generic space into a versatile performance studio with lights and sound”.
The BTEC Variety Performance takes place on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 March at 6pm. Tickets are FREE and can be booked via the Ticket Office or on the Salisbury Playhouse website.