October 3, 2021

A Taste of the Arts at Reading Biscuit Factory

Lower Sixth thespians, Sam and Tilly, were delighted to experience the local arts on offer at Reading Biscuit Factory on Tuesday 21st September. As part of the new community hub’s ‘Write the Earth’ workshop in collaboration with Baker Street Productions, students connected with local creatives over the topic of climate activism.

Sharing their ecological work with the group, Tilly and Sam read an extract from the radio play Delete All? A series of talks and performances from various writers and actors, later made way for a lively discussion on the relevance of expressing awareness for the environment through a creative medium to educate and invoke change in others.

Jack Robinson, Drama Teacher, commented “It was an enjoyable and fruitful evening for myself and the students. They were able to connect with a promising company and expand their community beyond the Park, as well as experience an invocative theme and performance styles they may wish to explore in their own work.”

Baker Street Productions, prides itself on helping emerging artists and developing talent: “Our ethos is all about positivity, support and looking to the future. For instance, we structure our projects to include peer-supported writers’ group’s, because we want to create a community and provide a place to hone your skills and learn from others.”

Not only was the evening a stimulating experience with regard to studying drama, it was a hopeful reminder of the impact that words can have on improving the relationship between humans and their environment.

On Friday 1st October, a tour of the venue with General Manager, Matthew Lacey, before a viewing of No Time to Die, whetted the appetites of our first ever BTEC Level 3 Digital Media cohort. The outing provided the opportunity to explore all things British cinema, camera shots and music for film.

Director of Co-Curricular and Outreach, Natasha Coccia, remarked “The Biscuit Factory is a hugely valuable resource for our students, not only will it build cultural capital due to the exciting programming on offer, it should be a place they gravitate towards to extend and enrich their studies.”

She continued, “Leighton Park is committed to supporting the Arts and after a sustained period of closure for so many arts venues across the country, we will be supporting the development of arts provision in Reading by taking our students to venues now they have reopened or opened for the first time!”

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