CU Scarborough students take to the stage at famous Stephen Joseph Theatre

Acting students rehearsing at CU Scarborough. Photo credit Hannah van Helvoort

Acting students rehearsing at CU Scarborough. Photo credit Hannah van Helvoort


Thursday 09 December 2021

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Talented acting students from CU Scarborough will tread the boards at the town’s famous Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT) next week as part of a special Christmas production.

The show, The Giant Who Had it All (and Then Lost It…), represents a big milestone in the relationship between CU Scarborough and SJT, being the first time students have performed at the venue.

Back in the spring, Diana Logan joined CU Scarborough from SJT as its new course leader for creative industries, heading the teaching team on the BA (Hons) Acting Degree. 

The course is an innovative collaboration between CU Scarborough and the theatre where students work with SJT professionals at points throughout the programme, eventually leading to participation onstage in a professionally directed piece for theatre. 

The company of ten students, who are in their own bubble, are now making the final preparations before they take to the stage on 13th December for the ten-day run. 

A reserve company is also preparing for the SJT OutReach and CU Scarborough production. Diana said:

Our course is very industry focused and our students are treated as a professional company as soon as they start with us. They work closely with their own composer, director and stage manager. 

This is our first production at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and it’s amazing for our students to experience what it is like to perform in a world-famous theatre, learn what is expected of them in a professional environment and help them understand the importance of regional theatre.

Diana Logan, Course Leader for Acting at CU Scarborough

SJT Artistic Director, Paul Robinson, said:

It’s been great collaborating with CUS on the Acting degree over these last three years.  

The students get to experience first-hand what it’s like to work in a first-class professional environment, and we enjoy having them around - it’s good sometimes to see things through fresh eyes! And we’re really looking forward to seeing The Giant Who Had It All (And Then Lost it…) - from what we’ve seen of rehearsals, it promises to be great fun.

Paul Robinson, SJT Artistic Director

The CU Scarborough BA (Hons) Acting Degree also trains students in acting for stage, TV and radio as well as introducing them to various non-traditional techniques such as presenting, corporate role-play, vlogging and acting for gaming.

Visit our course page for more information about the BA (Hons) Acting Degree and how to apply for the September intake.

Any students interested in applying should do so through UCAS.