Watch Our Fair Access Expo Live Sessions!

The Fair Access Team would like to extend a warm thanks to everyone who virtually attended our recent Fair Access Expo.

It was a bit different this year –  however, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. We’re glad so many of you found it useful. For those who couldn’t make it along on the day, our microsite contains a recording of the live sessions ready to watch back. 

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Have you ever wanted to know more about Fair Access at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, including information on the Transitions and WACI Programmes? Are looking for advice in studying or working in the performing arts?

Why not head over to our microsite now to watch back our live sessions:

  • Meet The Teams, Transitions and WACI
  • Industry Interview, with Laura Waddell and Graeme Smilie
  • Student Life, a showcase and Q&A (Content Warning! Swearing)

You can also: 

  • watch pre-recorded videos from students and professionals 
  • hear from the Assistant Principal and Fair Access Manager at RCS
  • watch our Fair Access Virtual Band perform
  • find links to information on UCAS and UCAS Conservatoires, 
  • links to funding information from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
  • direct links to our programme websites

Again, thanks to everyone from all the team!

Visit the Fair Access Expo microsite here:

🌐 rcs.ac.uk/fair-access-expo

Bookings Now Open: Fair Access Expo Online

WHEN: Sun 25 October 11am – 3:30pm

WHERE: Online via Zoom (Participants will be sent information via email)

We know how daunting it can be pursuing a career in the creative industries, especially when no one you know has done it before. The Fair Access Expo offers an opportunity for you and your family or carers to receive support and advice about the educational and professional journey you are about to embark on.

  •   Meet the WACI and Transitions teams 
  •   Hear from those in the Creative Industries
  •   Hear from our current students
  •   Get involved in our interactive workshop

If you are a Transitions students or WACI pupil, you with your family, friends or carers are warmly invited to our Fair Access Expo. All members of your household are encouraged to join in!

This is event is free to attend but booking is essential.

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Booking Now Closed

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Booking Deadline: Fri 23 October

If you have any question please feel free to contact us by emailing: WACI@rcs.ac.uk

Fair Access Expo Online: Actor Helen Mackay

Welcome to the fifth in our series of Fair Access Expo Online videoes, where we asked the professionals who were due to take part in our Fair Access Expo panel if they could tell us a little bit more about their careers, all from the comfort of their own homes. Each week they will talk about:

  • their journey into the creative industries
  • what their day-to-day life is like
  • their advice to anyone hoping to follow in their footsteps

Introducing Helen Mackay, Actor

Helen studied at the RCS from 2006-2009 on the BA Acting Course. Since graduating Helen has appeared in numerous theatre productions all over Scotland.

Recent theatre credits include “Miss Julie” at Perth Theatre, “The Belle’s Stratagem” at the Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and “Jury Play” at the Gridiron / Traverse Theatre.

Helens TV appearances include Rab C Nesbitt and DCI Banks and she has just finished recording “Weir of Hermiston” for BBC Radio Scotland. 

Be sure to check back next few weeks for the final instalment of our Fair Access Expo online series.

Contact Us

During this time we are still working away in the background here to give help and assistance so please don’t hesitate to contact us on:

📧 WACI@rcs.ac.uk

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Fair Access Expo Online: Musical Theatre Performer Stephen Arden

Welcome to the fourth in our series of Fair Access Expo Online videoes, where we asked the professionals who were due to take part in our Fair Access Expo panel if they could tell us a little bit more about their careers, all from the comfort of their own homes. Each week they will talk about:

  • their journey into the creative industries
  • what their day-to-day life is like
  • their advice to anyone hoping to follow in their footsteps

Introducing Stephen Arden, Musical Theatre Performer

Stephen trained in Musical Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Prior to this he studied at New College Lanarkshire and the University of Hull.

His performance credits include:

  • Sir Robin – Spamalot (UK & International Tour)
  • Nicky/Trekkie Monster – Avenue Q (UK Tour – The Olivier Awards and West End Live)
  • Ensemble – Still Game Live 2 & 3 The Final Farewell
  • WJ Clinton – Clinton the Musical (Edinburgh Festival & Kings Head, London)
  • Anthony – Sweeney Todd (DUCTAC, Dubai)
  • Melchior Gabor – Spring Awakening
  • Prince Findlay – Sleeping Beauty (The Brunton)
  • Zombie Musical (BAFTA New Talent Award)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bard in The Botanics) Musicals Wanted (European Tour)
  • Elegies for Angels Punks & Raging Queens (The Tron)
  • Charlie Brown in Snoopy!!!

He is also a regular performer for The Byre Theatres annual Pantomine.

Stephen can be seen in BBC Short Stuff films Flowers and Splitting the Bill. He has transitioned into Shakespeare performing in Hamlet and As You Like It for Bard in the Botanics.

In addition to performing Stephen has worked as an Associate Director, Resident Director and Choreographer. Stephen co-designed the pilot year of Musical Theatre for The Junior Conservatoire at RCS and specialises in creating original pieces of drama and tutoring young performers.

Be sure to check back as over the next few weeks where we’ll have something for everyone! Next week we’ll have actor Helen Mackay.

Contact Us

During this time we are still working away in the background here to give help and assistance so please don’t hesitate to contact us on:

📧 WACI@rcs.ac.uk

Follow Us

You can also follow us and like our pages on social media

 

Fair Access Expo Online: Double Bass Emma Smith

Welcome to the third in our series of Fair Access Expo Online videoes, where we asked the professionals who were due to take part in our Fair Access Expo panel if they could tell us a little bit more about their careers, all from the comfort of their own homes. Each week they will talk about:

  • their journey into the creative industries
  • what their day-to-day life is like
  • their advice to anyone hoping to follow in their footsteps

Introducing Emma Smith, Double Bass Player 

Emma Smith studied double bass at the Royal College of Music where she was trained in classical double bass technique and repertoire. Building on the language of classical music, and exploring the story-telling aspect of folk music from different parts of the world, Emma has forged a career as a versatile composer, improviser and collaborator. 

An advocate for gender balance in the arts, and with support from Serious/Cryptic, she produces the multi-genre series Bitches Brew, which showcases the best of female instrumental improvising talent and celebrates the increasingly diverse listening habits of people around the world.

Emma is a Lead Trainer for Musicians Without Borders, working with musicians in conflict and post-conflict zones around the world to use music as a tool to rebuild communities and create social change. As an OCM BOOM 2019 Artist she explored the effect of trauma on our sense of time and space, culminating in multimedia solo performance, The Relentless Approach of Better Times, which combined film, electronics, loops and live double bass.

We hope you have enjoyed this insight into a working professionals life and tips that you can use in your creative journey.

Be sure to check back as over the next few weeks where we’ll have something for everyone! Next week we’ll have Stephen Arden, Musical Theatre Performer.

Contact Us

During this time we are still working away in the background here to give help and assistance so please don’t hesitate to contact us on:

📧 WACI@rcs.ac.uk

Follow Us

You can also follow us and like our pages on social media

 

Fair Access Expo Online: Set and Costume Designer Becky Minto

In late March 2020 we were excited to be bringing you the Fair Access Expo. An event where students, friends, family and carers were invited to come into the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to learn more about the creative industries and courses. Unfortunately due to COVID 19 we had to postpone this event but we still wanted to give you the opportunity to hear from the some of the exciting speakers we had lined up for the event.

We asked the professionals and students who were due to take part in our panel discussion if they could tell us a little bit more about their careers, all from the comfort of their own homes. They talk about:

  • their journey into the creative industries
  • what their day-to-day life is like
  • their advice to anyone hoping to follow in their footsteps

Introducing Becky Minto, Set and Costume Designer

In the first in a series of videos from the professional panel, we have Becky Minto. Becky is a Set and Costume Designer who trained in Theatre Design at The Welsh College of Music and Drama. She teaches part-time on the Performance Costume Degree/MFA course at Edinburgh College of Art. 

Becky has designed over 100 productions for companies including National Theatre Scotland, The Royal lyceum, Grid Iron, Visible Fictions, Vanishing Point, Scottish Dance Theatre, Lung Ha, All Or Nothing, Perth Rep, 7:84, The Byre, The Citizen’s Theatre, Upswing Aerial Theatre Company, Fire Exit, Walk The Plank, Mark Murphy, RCS, Dundee Rep and Pitlochry Festival Theatre. She was also the Associate Designer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games; Land of Giants Belfast/London 2012 Festival and This Side The Other Side, Turku’s Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony in 2011.

She was awarded the Silver medal for Space Design for the National Theatre Scotland’s production of The 306:Dawn at the World Stage Design exhibition in Taipei 2017. Out Of This World for VTOL co-designed with Mark Murphy for was selected for Staging Places UK Design exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial 2019 and is currently at The V&A, London until March 2020. Ignition NTS and Iron-Oxide’s White Gold were selected for Make Believe/ UK Design for Performance exhibition Prague Quadrennial and The V&A, London 2015. She has exhibited for the Society of British Theatre Designers in 2011 and 2007.

Recent projects include: Hope and Joy (Pearlfisher/Stellar Quines); How Not To Drown (Thickskin); The Ugly One (Tron Theatre); Only In Whispers (Perth Museum and Art Gallery); Little Top (Ellie Dubois/Starcatchers); Catch Me (Upswing); Ulster American, How To Disappear (Traverse Theatre); Flightpath (Extant/Yellow Earth); Shift (NTS);

Future work in 2020 includes co-designing Underwood Lane with John Byrne (Tron Theatre).

We hope you enjoyed this insight into a working professionals life and tips that you can use in your creative journey.

Be sure to check back as over the next few weeks where we’ll have something for everyone! Next week we’ll have Tim Courtney, Director for Film and Television. 

Contact Us

During this time we are still working away in the background here to give help and assistance so please don’t hesitate to contact us on:

📧 WACI@rcs.ac.uk

Follow Us

You can also follow us and like our pages on social media

 

Fair Access Expo 2020

*UPDATE Due to campus closures due to COVID-19, bookings are temporarily closed and this event will be rescheduled to later in the year. We apologies for any inconvenience*

We are excited to announce that bookings for our Fair Access Expo are now open!

If you are a current Transitions student or a pupil from a WACI school, you with your family, friends or carers are warmly invited to our Fair Access Expo. 

When: Sun 29 March, 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Fair Access Expo is a chance for pupils to come along to: 

Brothers, sisters and friends alongside any other family members or carers are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. This is event is free to attend but booking is essential. 

Fair Access Expo is a joint event hosted by WACI and Transitions