As well as encouraging our pupils in the performing arts, we have always been keen to support artistic initiatives in the South East. The College is continuing its sponsorship of The Charleston Festival and Chichester Festival Theatre in 2017, which underpins our commitment to encouraging creativity as well as opening up unique opportunities for our pupils to engage in these events.
The highly regarded Charleston Festival is an annual ten day event which brings together leading figures in literature, art, history, politics, science, theatre, dance and design. This year Lancing College will be sole sponsors of the Charleston Festival dinner. With former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and internationally renowned violinist Min Kym as guest speakers, it promises a night of fascinating talks and elegant music.
In the spirit of academic excellence and the love of art, we are also supporting the Charleston Festival debate, Originality in Literature is Overrated. With UCL Professor of English, leading critic and popular columnist, John Mullan, facing up against Granta-recognised novelist and Professor of Creative Writing, Maggie Gee, the debate looks to provoke a thrilling expedition into the complexities of artistic originality. As in previous years, our relationship with the Charleston Festival provides a wonderful opportunity for pupils to be guests at this event and participate in this wonderful celebration of the arts.
In addition, Lancing College has retained its long standing relationship and support of Chichester Festival Theatre. The 2017 Festival marks the beginning of a new era at the Theatre under the leadership of Artistic Director Daniel Evans and Executive Director Rachel Tackley, who have put together a variety of work created by some of the UK’s most talented young designers and creative artists. Productions have attracted newcomers to Chichester, such as Marcia Gay Harden, Sharon D Clarke, Omid Djalili and Edna O'Brien, as well as returners – among them Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Wilson, Jonathan Kent and Richard Eyre. Our participation brings opportunities for pupils to take advantage of Chichester productions and gain insights into the world of theatre.
Lancing is also keen to encourage the arts in the younger generation and will sponsor Theatre Royal Brighton’s ‘Young Writers’ initiative. The scheme allows budding young writers to work alongside accomplished playwrights, gaining invaluable experience of real theatre and finding their own voices. As part of the workshop the young writers have the privilege of seeing their ideas come to life in a performance by professional actors. ‘Young Writers’ is something we have been supporting for a few years now and many of our students have been lucky enough to complete the workshop successfully.