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Aspiring actors in Shiregreen receive industry-expert advice

16 September 2014

Shiregreen stars came together over the summer to gain hands-on tips in a bid to chase their performing arts dreams.

Young students from SHOUT, programme funded by Shiregreen Community Homes – part of Sanctuary Housing, received behind the scenes expertise throughout a Hairspray-themed summer school workshop.

The intensive course gave the potential rising stars the chance to learn the ins and outs of performing and essential skills in acting, singing and dancing.

Practical mentoring was carried out by Carney Academy’s director Ruth Carney-Nash and West End choreographer Richard Roe – 30 years of combined experience in the performing arts field.

Three performances to friends and families marked the end of the course and gave the aspiring actors the opportunity to put their new acting skills to the test in front of a live audience.

What the students thought?

Resident Dean Sibenda, 13, said: “I was so happy to attend the summer school as I really wanted to be a ‘triple threat’ – good at dancing, singing and acting. I am very motivated to keep going with my performing arts dream and attending the summer school has given me a great grounding for this.”

Fifteen-year-old, Emma Ward, continued: “When I found out the Carney Academy’s summer school was based around the film Hairspray, I knew I had to attend – it’s one of my favourites!

“The course was hard work but I enjoyed every minute of it and to have it end in a performance that my mum and dad could watch was all very exciting."


Carney Academy’s outreach programme, SHOUT, is a valuable and unique talent development opportunity for young Shiregreen residents. The 12-month programme encourages people from all backgrounds to learn theatre and acting television skills, as well as building confidence, social and speaking skills and working as a team - all made possible thanks to £11,000 funding from Sanctuary.

Carney Academy’s, Ruth Carney-Nash, added: “The summer school was a great success which is a great credit to the attending students. We were all overwhelmed by the talent and they showed how professional they could be in the performing arts environment.”


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