Strode News

11/06/12 - Strode College Festival of the Arts
Strode News

Strode College's Festival of the Arts, which runs from Tuesday 19 June to Friday 22 June, will celebrate the achievements and hard work of its creative and performing arts students before they move on to university and employment. Arts, design, film, music, dance and drama events will be presented during the week at the college and at Strode Theatre. 

Productions at Strode Theatre will raise funds for college educational activities with contributions made to the Strode Theatre Support Fund.


Decasia: The State of Decay - film with live music soundtrack

Tuesday 19 June, 7.30pm at Strode Theatre. Tickets: £6, full concession £5, Strode students £4.

New York-based filmmaker Bill Morrison spent two years scouring film archives to create 'Decasia', a haunting, 70 minute tapestry of decaying, nitrate-based footage. The hypnotic images will be accompanied by a live soundtrack composed and performed by Strode's music technology students using a combination of software, hardware, instruments and improvisation to create a compelling audio-visual experience.


End of Year Arts, Design and Media Show

Tuesday 19 June-Friday 22 June, 9.15am-4.30pm, at Strode College and Strode Theatre. Also open 6-8pm on Wednesday 20 June, during the College's Information Evening for Higher Education and Apprenticeships. Free entry.

Strode creative arts and media students are known for producing some excellent and innovative work. The show will feature work from 150 students completing arts courses this summer including sculpture, textiles, photography, painting and drawing, graphics, film and video. This is a great opportunity to take a look at some young and exciting creative talent and to see the diversity and quality of work achieved at Strode.   

Maps showing where the works are displayed around college will be available from reception.


The House of Bernard Alba and Bed - Drama

Thursday 21 June, Strode Theatre 7:30pm. Tickets: £6, full concession £5, Strode students £4. Tickets include 50p contribution to Strode Theatre Support Fund.

Strode College's second year Performing Arts students present a double bill of two contrasting plays. First up is 'The House of Bernard Alba' by Federico Garcia Lorca, with an all-female cast, live music and choreography. Set in the Spanish Civil War, Bernard Alba rules over her four daughters with an iron grip, but will they conform to their traditional Catholic upbringing?

The second show is 'Bed' by Jim Cartwright, performed by a group of eight male students.  A group of old people talk about their past and present, conjuring up a surreal world with moments of humour, tenderness and tragedy. 

This production is dedicated to the memory of Katy Kouzmitchenko who was studying Performing Arts at Strode College when she died in May 2012.


Dance Showcase

Friday 22 June, 7.30pm Strode Theatre. Tickets: £6, full concession £5, students £4. Tickets include 50p contribution to Strode Theatre Support Fund.

Strode College dance students will be showcasing some of their best performance work at Strode Theatre, including contemporary dance, street dance, musical theatre and tap. The show will also launch Strode College's new dance company 'Gravit8 Dance' who will premiere their first work 'Escape Artist'. The show promises to be full of energy and entertainment.

To book tickets for all performances at Strode Theatre call 01458 442846 or book online at