Upton writer to open academy

New Performing Arts building at Pontefract New College''Pictured from left to right: Phil Stokes, Head of Performing Arts; Megan Wroe, Dance student; Pauline Hagen, Principal and Alan Foster, Drama student.
New Performing Arts building at Pontefract New College''Pictured from left to right: Phil Stokes, Head of Performing Arts; Megan Wroe, Dance student; Pauline Hagen, Principal and Alan Foster, Drama student.

UPTON playwright John Godber will officially open a new performance academy at Pontefract NEW College.

Performing arts students from across the Express area are set to gain from vastly improved facilities at the Park Lane performance academy, which will be open in September.

It will include theatre, dance and drama studios, music mixing and recording suites as well as multi-use classrooms with state of the art computer facilities.

The academy will be opened officially by Mr Godber, whose work include Teechers and Bouncers, in October, in a ceremony which will be attended by sponsors, university partners and supporters.

The grand opening will feature NEW College students who will perform their own interpretation of Edward Scissorhands and English students will unveil their own public artwork, The Sonnet in the Stone.

College principal, Pauline Hagen, said: “We are proud and delighted to be able to offer our current and potential students the outstanding facilities they deserve. This is just the start of an exciting campus modernisation.”

The opening of the performance academy marks the first phase of a campus building programme which will see some of the college’s older buildings replaced.