Monday, February 26, 2024

Donkeyskin set to be covered in glory

THE PERFORMANCE of DONKEYSKIN will take place at The Gateway Academy on Friday 5 July at 7.30pm in the Ellis Theatre. Academy students will be performing alongside professional French dance company, ECO; this follows on from ten weeks of dance sessions with THEATRE IS…. and the Royal Opera House as well as an intensive week with the French dancers. The young people will be performing extracts from the original ballet and creating their own response to the fairy tale, DONKEYSKIN.

The joint partnership between Gateway Learning Community (GLC) and THEATRE IS… is for the ‘ACT programme’, a French-English partnership involving many of Thurrock’s artistic companies, as well as French partners.

Richard Foster, Head of the Arts Faculty at The Gateway Academy, said “It is wonderful for our students to have such a fantastic opportunity – they have really enjoyed their time with THEATRE IS… and are greatly looking forward to being involved with ECO and Southend YMCA in July.”

The GLC and THEATRE IS… have been developing their relationship together for several years and this formal partnership is an extension of this. The project, funded by Interreg, is also matched by funding from Arts Council England.

As well as having the amazing experience of working with English and French professionals the students will also be working together with young people from the Southend YMCA and will have the chance to rehearse at the Royal Opera House’s Covent Garden studios. They will also be working towards their Bronze Arts Award.

Stuart Mullins, CEO of THEATRE IS…, said “This opportunity has come about because of a strong relationship between the Gateway Learning Community and THEATRE IS… We have been able to take advantage of European money which is available and match it against Arts Council England funding. This is the result of us working together for several years now and the benefits to the young people are enormous in this unique opportunity.”

Tickets are available now from the Thameside Theatre for £3/£2 concession, call 0845 300 5264 or visit


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