Yeovil College is delighted to formally announce their partnership with Somerset’s professional Theatre company, Wassail. The partnership will enable every current and future student to become part of Wassail’s professional company, whilst continuing with their full-time studies at Yeovil College. Students will benefit from real, live and exclusive work experience opportunities within the theatrical and dance industry.

This partnership arrangement is unique to Yeovil College and further reinforces their commitment to deliver a curriculum that provides the young people of South Somerset with a solid future career, as well as a renewed commitment to safeguarding the arts within Somerset and Dorset.  

The partnership brings unparalleled experiences to students, including creating opportunities for many live performances, supporting Wassail’s professional shows and experienced performers and getting involved with the arts across the whole of Somerset. Students will learn and understand what it is like to be an active member of a professional company and will gain an understanding of what it takes to be the absolute best within their chosen industry. Importantly, the partnership will provide students with a unique opportunity to learn their trade and to become the best they can be, and to then implement their skills and knowledge into a real-world environment, reinforcing their learning and cementing their education.  

In addition, Wassail will introduce and lead a range of specialist industry experts to Yeovil College, including Pirates of the Carabina and Lissy Jane Vocal Tuition, providing students with the opportunity to learn from some of the most successful people within this sector.  

Performing to a live and/or digital audience will become second nature and students will become extremely comfortable and confident with stage performance, under the expert guidance of Wassail. They will continue to undertake professional trips and visits, as well as performing termly showcases and the annual musical at Yeovil College.  

Andy Homes, Curriculum Area Manager for Performing Arts, said: “We recognise the importance of the Arts in Somerset and are determined to raise aspiration and talent within this area. To be successful, a specialist approach is required, and we have lined up leading local professionals to deliver each aspect of our tailored qualification. We are therefore delighted to welcome Wassail as our strategic Performing Arts partners, bringing with it the opportunities for our young people to grow and cultivate extremely positive and successful careers within theatre, dance, performance and singing industry. This is a truly exciting time for Yeovil College, providing an opportunity like no other for the future performers of Somerset and beyond.”  

Nick White, Artistic Director, Wassail, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Yeovil College, and I’d like to thank Matt Hann and Andrew Holmes for helping us to develop this progressive, new-look performing arts course.  The health and well-being of the communities around us can only be improved through accessible, hyper-local cultural provision.  Live performance, in all its forms, will play an ever-integral role in that.  The strength of this partnership is a statement of intent to invest in the future of the performing arts industry and the promise of a happy, healthy society.”    

Wassail Theatre Company is Somerset’s theatre company and values the unique diversity of communities that make Somerset the place it is. Wassail’s mission is to use theatre as a catalyst for creating healthy, culturally connected communities, determined to achieve their mission by creating brilliant projects, removing as many barriers to access as possible.   

Wassail’s regular venues include community settings across Somerset, such as pubs, village halls, homes, shops, cafes, bus shelters, butcher shops, schools and libraries, as well as outdoor spaces   

Yeovil College is now accepting applications for its Level 3 Performing Arts qualification, starting in September 2021. For more information or to apply visit www.yeovil.ac.uk 


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