Performance and Technical Theatre
Explore your theatrical flair in our inspirational performance and technical theatre facilities.
Newcastle College's performance and technical theatre facilities provide you with everything you need to become a top actor, dancer, performer or stage and production manager.
Our Performance Academy, a specialist facility for music and performing arts, is where you will develop essential skills needed for working in the entertainment industry. Hosting regular shows and concerts, this venue combines stunning architecture, exciting courses and creative-minded students looking to pursue careers in the performance industry.
Newcastle College's Performance Academy is home to:
The Peter Sarah Theatre, our 200 seat performance venue with fly tower
The Venue, our music performance facility
a studio theatre
nine dancing and acting studios with sprung floors, barres and mirrors.
Where will I be studying?
You will be studying in the Performance Academy at our Rye Hill Campus, one of the best facilities for the performing arts in the North East. Housed within the building is a 200 seat theatre, 10 recording studios, dance studios, performance venues and a tv and editing suite. Our Performance Academy hosts regular gigs and shows and our acting and musical theatre students put on regular productions. Up and coming college bands also showcase at the Venue.
Rye Hill Campus is set in the heart of Newcastle and offers an unrivalled student experience. It is just a short walk from Newcastle’s main train station, allowing you to benefit from the city’s thriving student scene. Newcastle has something for everyone, whether you’re looking for some late night shopping, a thriving restaurant scene or award-winning culture.
Is the campus safe?
Newcastle College has a range of security measures in place to ensure that all students and staff remain safe while on campus.
We employ a team of security operatives providing 24-hour cover, 365 days a year. Optimum staffing levels are in place to ensure proactive foot patrols are conducted around the college estate, both internally and externally. All of our security staff can be identified by their hi-visibility clothing which is identified with SECURITY on the back which serves to distinguish them from other day-to-day contractors and suppliers who may also may be wearing hi-visibility clothing.
These security provisions run across all Newcastle College and NCG campuses.
CCTV is extensively situated around the college, both externally and internally in some buildings for the purpose of crime prevention and public safety with a dedicated CCTV control room that is staffed continually. The CCTV control room has a dedicated emergency line number in addition to two other phone lines.
In addition to general college staff challenging people without a valid college ID, security staff do this as part of their specific duties and conduct ad-hoc ID checks at the point of entry to buildings. We also have close liaison with our local neighbourhood police officers.
What facilities can I use outside of my studies?
We aim to provide our students with an excellent learning experience which gives you the practical skills to be able to make a difference within industry.
Whilst studying at the Performance Academy, you’ll embrace your independence, make lifelong friends and access our award-winning facilities and activities.
At Newcastle College we aim to give you as many opportunities as possible to have fun alongside your studies and we’ve got one of the best campus social scenes around.
When you are not studying, rehearsing or performing, there are plenty of activities happening around the Campus. The Students’ Union also runs a full social programme throughout the year including trips, events and volunteering, as well as the opportunity to start and become members of clubs and societies.
There are a number of multi-faith rooms located across the College, in recognition of the cultural and spiritual needs of the College’s diverse community. Regardless of which religion a student belongs to, how often they practice their faith and the frequency in which they do so, Newcastle College offers a quiet space for contemplation, reflection and prayer where all religious denominations are welcome.
Do you have study areas for students?
You will have access to many learning spaces where our teams are on hand to help you with independent study, research and academic skills such as referencing.
The Performance Academy boasts a fantastic social and study space in the main lobby. It is here where you can catch up with students from different disciplines to discuss the latest goings-on, or use one of the available PCs to complete some work or do some research.
Newcastle College has one of the largest further education college libraries in the north of England and here you can access over 40,000 books and hundreds of journals, magazines, DVDs, e-books and e-journal resources.