BETT 2012

Teaching Drama visited BETT yesterday. We saw a lot of interesting technology that had fantastic interactive elements, such as a floor projector which moved when you interacted with it.

Big companies such as Lego were there to demonstrate how their products can be incorporated into teaching and learning. We discovered that Channel 4 make teaching resources (unfortunately not for drama though!) and found the Google stall with a live tree on display and colourful fruity drinks on sample.

Michael Gove opened the event yesterday by announcing a shake-up of ICT. He described ICT in it’s current form as a ‘mess’ and promised that September would bring some big changes to the subject and to the way it is taught.

BETT continues today and tomorrow; if you’re interested in seeing the latest technology in education take the trip down to London Olympia.

There is a limited tube service to Kensington Olympia so BETT are providing a shuttle bus service from Earls Court.

For more information visit:
www.bettshow.com

Finsbury Park Theatre against the clock for funding

Park Theatre have been given the opportunity to have one floor of its new complex  in Finsbury transformed into a studio for community and educational work. However, they have been given just three months to raise the £400,000 needed for the development.

If the money is raised in time, the new floor will house Islington Community Theatre (ICT) who have recently been ousted from their Holloway base. ICT provide free acting lessons to disadvantaged young people. If the funding does not materialise, their future will hang in the balance.

The £2 million Park Theatre is due to open in Autumn 2012. It will contain two theatres with a seating capacity of 200 and 90 respectively. Currently Park Theatre have raised £75,000 through donations – if the target is left unreached, the floor will be converted into private flats.

Artistic director of the ICT, Ned Glasier said: ‘It would be incredibly sad to lose it to a flat. We already get amazing support from places like the Pleasance Theatre, but being based at the Park would help us connect our young people to a working theatre on a day-to-day basis and give them new opportunities particularly in technical theatre.’

To find out more information or to donate visit http://parktheatre.co.uk/