Students from our Theatre and Performance Foundation Degree at University Centre St Helens were treated to a monologue writing workshop with Keith Saha, Co –Artistic Director at 20 Stories High.
20 Stories High, a Liverpool-based theatre company create performances for, and with, young people. Now in their 10th year, they work with emerging & world-class artists to tell their stories through creative, dynamic and challenging performances, attracting new, young audiences to theatre.
The visit to the University Centre St Helens coincided with the company’s performance of Headz at St Helens Central Library.
In the workshop, Keith introduced students to monologue writing techniques, which will be a large feature of the students’ own performance ‘Echoes Through The Years’ at Central Library on 14th December. The performance will be a creative response to photos in the George Street Photography collection, 3000 images of mid-20th century life in and around St Helens.
Ian Greenall, Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Theatre and Performance at University Centre St Helens said: “I was on a Performing Arts course with Keith at St Helens College, back in 1990, and I was aware of his professional work with 20 Stories High. When I saw the company were coming to St Helens to perform at Central Library, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to invite him to University Centre St Helens to work with the students.”
“Monologues are an important part of drama, theatre and performance. Keith’s workshop gave students a real insight into the different writing techniques for them and prepare them for their own performance later on in the year.”
As part of the visit, Keith was treated to a tour of the facilities to see how St Helens College and University Centre St Helens has developed over the years. The workshop took place in the historic Beechams Building. Students then attended the performance at the Central library that evening.
The Theatre and Performance Foundation Degree at University Centre St Helens is a largely practical course that has been designed to provide students with the skills, practical experience and knowledge with which to seek a range of possible employment opportunities within the theatre and performance industry.