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The Gap Theatre community connection

Committed to ongoing relationships with Theatre Arts students, The Gap Theatre allowed the set for Alleluia Pork Chops to be designed and constructed by second-year Technical Theatre students at the Barbados Community College (BCC) Theatre Arts Department.

Led by Technical Design tutor Matthew Squires, the students participated in every step of the process, from concept development and production meetings to budgeting, construction and installation.

The collaboration gave students a hands-on opportunity to work directly with some of Barbados’s most accomplished theatre artists and we look forward to more partnerships like this in the future.

Acting coordinator of the BCC’s Theatre Arts Programme Michelle Cox said the experience fell in line with what she wanted students to be exposed to.

“I’m committed to ensuring that our students are industry-ready upon graduation. I therefore believe that it is important for our courses to reflect the professional standards that are expected in the theatre discipline, and one such way of meeting this objective is to expose the students to these standards through activities such as internships and work placements. For this reason, the opportunity to collaborate with The Gap Theatre was a welcomed one,” she said at a recent presentation at the Fine Arts Department.

“Through this experience, our technical students have gained a greater appreciation of what is required in the professional environment – deadlines, initial sketches, negotiation, working with the artistic director and her team. The experience has been invaluable and I’m certain that each student has benefited from involvement in this collaboration. We hope that this will be the beginning of a long-standing relationship with The Gap Theatre.”

The Gap Theatre’s production of Alleluia Pork Chops continues this weekend and will run until Saturday, November 28. (PR)

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