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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

Raising aspirations - releasing potential

Showcase of talent opens £2million performance venue

Blackfen School's new £2million performance space officially opened this week with a stunning showcase packed full of talent by students of both the school and Liz Burville Performing Arts Centre.

The new £2million space is the culmination of four years of planning and 12 months of construction. It is a multi-use facility with the most up to date sound and lighting equipment and retractable seating.

The Space’ was opened by two students, Holly Hazleton and Taylor Notcutt. The Mayor of Bexley and other local VIPs were in attendance to watch the array of talent which included a breath taking circus-themed dance, an excerpt from Berkoff's stage adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis by Year 12 drama students, voice, instrument and drama solos, dance routines and show songs.

Katy Ferrell, Year 11 student who studies dance said: "It's amazing to have a professional space that allows us to push creativity to the full and gives us opportunities to perform in front of large audiences.

Liz Burville, founder of the Bexley based Liz Burville Performing Arts Centre was guest speaker at the opening. She said: "I am very passionate that young people should be able to access involvement in performance arts and am thrilled that this new facility can help to promote and nurture the great talent we have seen on show here tonight."

The vision of creating the new space was to create a multi-functional space which can be used for a variety of activities, sporting, dance, drama, music, public speaking, conferences and other events for the school and the wider community. Key to its creation was the voice of the students in stating; “We want to be able to sit down on a chair (rather than the floor) in assembly.”

Head Teacher Matthew Brown said; "Performance and public speaking builds the confidence and self- esteem of young people and that is why we believe that this project truly reflects our Blackfen School motto – “raising aspirations – releasing potential."