Acclaimed actor Steven Berkoff opens newly refurbished £1 million performing arts facilities at Weston College

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By YouPR | Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 11:29

ACCLAIMED actor, playwright and director, Steven Berkoff, opened Weston College's £1 million refurbished Wessex Academy of Performing Arts and cut the ribbon to a theatre named after him.

Berkoff, who's appeared in Clockwork Orange, Bond film Octopussy, Rambo, Beverly Hills Cop, The Tourist with – Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp – and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, gave master classes in Shakespeare and mime to students.

Higher Education Curriculum Coordinator for Performing Arts, Ged Stephenson, said: "Steven cut the ribbon to the new theatre studio and then got down to work.

"The first half of the day he approached Shakespeare, looking at Othello, Hamlet, Merchant of Venice and Midsummer's Night's Dream. The second half was exciting, physical mime.

"Then six of our students put on a performance for him and Steven said he'd like to come back again next year. It was an amazing day."

Steven Berkoff, 75, said: "The students demonstrated inimitable talent. They've been terrific and I was very warmed by such a joyful welcome."

Second year performing arts student Kirsty Egginton, 24, of Taunton, said: "Watching Steven was hypnotic. I feel so privileged to have worked with him."

Weston College's new facilities for performing arts students at Foundation Degree level now include six theatre studios, music studios and quiet rooms.

More than 80 per cent of Foundation Degree students go on to top up their Degrees to full BA Honours level.

Twenty per cent of Weston College students achieved a First Class Honours Degree in 2012 – well above the national average of 14 per cent.

 For more information on courses at Weston College telephone 01934 411 411 or go to www.weston.ac.uk

      

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