BRINGING OUTSIDERS IN

The ARDENT8 is a new ensemble of 8 young actors who have been invited to attend five acting workshops led by industry professionals. This will culminate in a two day workshop in which a brand new play will be written that will have been sourced out of the group, which will then be performed in a London venue.

The idea is that this group of ex-students will have the opportunity to further their skills in a professional scenario and get the opportunity to perform and possibly invite industry people to see their work.

Andrew Muir talks about the thinking behind ARDENT8:

"As part-time writer in residence on the Foundation Degree course in Contemporary Theatre at the Bournemouth and Poole College for the last seven years it occurred to me that so many talented young students were finding it incredibly difficult to make the leap from the South Coast to London, regardless of their potential. Lack of funding as well as basic opportunities that are far more accessible to those graduating from a performing arts school based in London, led me to start thinking about practical ways in which I could help. We wanted to create a development programme that supported a bridge from region to the city to give these ex students a further opportunity to be exposed to industry professionals in a workshop environment and ultimately a showcase of that talent in a London venue. Our inaugural ensemble will be ex-students from the Bournemouth and Poole College, but eventually Ardent would like to cast the net further and select students from all over the UK."

Photography by Rupert Barrington