Pendleton Performing Arts Students team up with critically acclaimed company ‘Thick Skin’

10th March 2021

Performing Arts students at Pendleton Sixth Form College have teamed up with Manchester-based, nationally recognised and acclaimed company: ThickSkin to develop a brand new show.

The students at Pendleton Sixth Form College will become associate members of ThickSkin and work closely with their artistic team to co-create and explore the making of a piece of drama which reflects everyone’s voice, styles and strengths. Co-creation is an important part of the Stage Direction’s programme ensuring that professionals and young people can feel like experts when being creative and share skills with everyone involved. ThickSkin will guide the group through the building blocks of what a brand new piece of theatre might look like using their exceptional physical, movement based style coupled with ideas and input from the students themselves.

ThickSkin are well-known for creating bold & ambitious theatre; reaching and inspiring young, new and representative audiences through their distinctive physicality and cinematic style. They centralise nurturing talent across all areas of theatre-making, providing a springboard for perfomers. ThickSkin have recently impressed audiences and critics with their virtual reality production which is still digitally touring the UK in association with theatres up and down the country. ThickSkin are quickly solidifying themselves as leaders within the theatre industry in creating work for digital platforms whilst keeping their stagecraft and artistic excellence at the centre of what they do.

Lucy Huntbach, Head of Performing and Production Arts at Pendleton Sixth Form College was involved in the selection of the company alongside 3 students who interviewed the company after their initial application. Lucy said: “The Pendleton Sixth Form College Performing Arts department is excited to see this collaboration between ThickSkin and a company of students from our first and second year Performing Arts courses.”

“This initiative has come at a time when the performing arts students are eager to get back into studios and on stages to develop their performance technique and we are looking forward to seeing the work generated by this project. It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to work alongside industry professionals in developing a show.”

Lucy Huntbach, Head of Performing and Production Arts at Pendleton Sixth Form College

If you are interested in studying Performing Arts at Pendleton Sixth Form College, apply now or contact our admissions team on 0161 631 5050.