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Acting student to appear in ‘Frantic’ production

Acting student James Pele during a rehearsal of Macbeth earlier this year at Barking & Dagenham College

An acting student from Barking & Dagenham College is one of just 12 to be chosen out of 550 young men to perform in a new production.

Frantic Assembly Company’s Ignition project involved the theatre company travelling to 10 cities across the UK, delivering workshops in boxing gyms, garages, theatres, youth clubs, schools and colleges.

After working with over 550 young men across 6 weeks, they formed a company of 12 who will be travelling down to London next week. They will work with Artistic Director Scott Graham for 5 days to produce an original piece of theatre.

James Pele, 18 from Canning Town is in his second year of a Diploma in Acting at the College, whose famous alumni includes Idris Elba.

Tania Edwards, Curriculum Team Leader of the Performing Arts Department which is based at The Broadway Theatre, Barking, said: “It’s brilliant news! Frantic Assembly is a nationally acclaimed company for their physical theatre work and this is an amazing opportunity.

“The boys will be rehearsing over half term and performing at Stratford Circus on 24th and 25th October and the Imperial War Museum on 26th October.”

Tickets for these performances are now on sale (tickets are free for the abridged version at the Imperial War museum): 

About Barking & Dagenham College:  Barking & Dagenham College offers higher level technical and professional training, from entry to level 7 that prepares people for work or for university. Operating from five specialist sites, with industry-standard facilities and real-work training environments, the College welcomes all age groups. The College has an established Higher Education programme (HNC/D, degree, postgraduate) in addition to a wider range of professional body qualifications.

Barking & Dagenham College is one of the leading providers of intermediate, advanced and higher apprenticeship training in London, training around 1000 apprentices and working with around 300 employer clients each year.  Specialisms include Construction, Project Management, Human Resources Management, Business and Pharmacy.

The College has the Matrix Award for Advice and Guidance, STEM Assured kite mark, Investors in People Gold Status and its HE offer achieved QAA standards in 2015.[6] The College has won a number of prestigious national awards including: Beacon status by the AoC in 2016, Coding College of the Year 2016, as well as the Tes Award for Best Teaching and Learning Initiative in 2018 for its “holistically and usefully” integrated STEM across wider curriculum areas. In April 2018 the College was named as Training Provider of the Year by Creative & Cultural Skills.

Its teaching staff has received a number of nominations and awards: VQ Teacher of the Year 2016, Pearson FE Lecturer of the Year Silver Teaching Award 2016, Regional Santander Employability Champion Winner for London and the South East 2017,[13] two teachers awarded in Maths Teacher of the Year Awards 2017, ENTHUSE award for excellence in STEM teaching 2017, a top 50 shortlist for Global Teacher of the Year 2017 and winner of the Festival of Learning National Tutor Award 2017.

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