Successful performer and play writer, returns to Southport College

PERFORMING ARTS students at Southport College welcomed back past student Elaine Fellows, successful writer and performer of the one woman play ‘Decibels’ which is currently screening in North London.

Elaine completed an Advanced Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts at Southport College in 2012 and went on to study BA Hons Acting at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She returned to the College to talk to students about her experiences in the industry and at Drama School.

Elaine said of her visit, ‘Coming back to Southport College was so much fun! I was actually pretty nervous at first to get back in the theatre and talk to everyone but as soon as I met the students that totally vanished. It was lovely to know that it doesn’t matter how long you’ve been away for, you’re always welcomed back with open arms.’

Whilst studying at the Guildhall School of Drama and Music, Elaine discovered a love for writing as well as acting.

‘I wrote a short solo show whilst at Drama School which I was invited to perform at an English theatre in The Netherlands. Performing my own work in another country was an extraordinary experience.’

‘My one woman show, Decibels, is a developed version of the piece I wrote back at Drama School and follows the journey of a young woman called Steph. She’s awkward and a bit clumsy and just trying to find her way through being a grown up. She explores various points of her life that have meant something to her, some funny and some not, and she tries to learn from them.’

Elaine has performed at a number of venues across London, including Camden Fringe and the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, and was recently booked to perform at the One2Arts Festival in Hackney.

‘The plan is to develop the one woman show into a sitcom and to write more plays and screen plays. I am also going to try my hand at stand-up comedy, wish me luck!!’

During the visit, Elaine watched dress rehearsals of student’s recent projects and offered invaluable feedback.

Current student Samantha Porter said ‘It was a great experience to speak with Elaine and to hear what she said about the industry.’

To find out more about Performing Arts at Southport College and to apply for the course for September 2017, visit www.southport.ac.uk

 


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