Our students in ParisA group of Theatre and Performance students from University Centre St Helens recently took a trip to the capital of the craft itself — Paris.

During the visit, students visited a number of artistically significant sights and venues that still exist from the early 20th century. Staying in Montmartre, the artistic centre of the city where many of the artists lived, gave students a real feel for the city.

The group, who are studying a foundation degree in Theatre and Performance also visited the Eiffel Tower, Disneyland, the underground catacombs, a night-time walk along The Seine and many other significant points of interest around the city.

The highlight of the trip came when students spent an evening at Le Paradis Latin cabaret, watching a spectacular costume and dance show.

Ian Greenall, Programme Leader for the foundation degree in Theatre and Performance at University Centre St Helens, who accompanied the students on the trip said: “The trip to Paris was a fantastic opportunity for students to gain a real insight into what was the artistic and cultural capital of Europe throughout much of 20th century. Staying in the centre of Montmartre helped give students a real feel for actually living in Paris, rather than just visiting tourist spots.”

The trip was funded through University Centre St Helens Student Enhancement Gift. The non-repayable gift allows new, first-year, full-time undergraduates joining University Centre St Helens the opportunity to use the money towards equipment, extra qualifications or trips and visits.

Students described the trip as "amazing" and "the best experience of my life".

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