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Students enjoy exploratory workshop with wigs and cardboard boxes!

Published:09 April 2014
Students enjoy exploratory workshop with wigs and cardboard boxes!
Prior to rehearsals for Lost Boy Racer, the production being created as part of the Tour de France celebrations, UCO’s Performance students enjoyed a creative workshop with Julie Bokowiec, the writer and producer.
As this was the first time that Julie has worked with the students, she asked them to bring in some cardboard boxes and objects to play with as part of an exploratory process to help everyone lose their inhibitions.
Using their bodies and voices, the students used the objects as inspiration for acting out creative stories. At the start of the workshop, when the students were asked to play characters, they wore the boxes on their head to hide their real persona. Later, once barriers were broken down, the students progressed to wearing colourful wigs, when acting out different characters.  They really enjoyed finding different ways of physically responding to the boxes and other objects and are looking forward to working with Julie at rehearsals for the production.
The students on the Foundation Degree in Performance at University Campus Oldham (UCO) are keen to learn from professional actors as they develop this new theatre piece. Lost Boy Racer will be created with professional actors in residency at UCO with Julie Bokowiec, who said ‘We are thrilled to be able to develop our work in Oldham and to bring a new piece of theatre to audiences in Greater Manchester.  Above all we are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity for students to observe and be a part of our creative process.  Key to developing new talent is giving students the chance to rub shoulders with professional actors, gain insights into the workings of the theatre industry and first-hand experience of professional practice.”
UCO’s two year course offers a creative and practical route into a variety of career options. Teaching primarily takes place in its purpose built studio theatre and rehearsal studios. Practical work is supported and enhanced through research and analysis of contemporary theatre practices and cultural industries, and the viewing and analysis of live performance.
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