How we work with students at the University of Gloucestershire

We’ve partnered with the University of Gloucestershire since 2017 to offer all sorts of opportunities to its students: from help with their own careers and artistic practice to providing them with some fantastic nights out all over the city.

The Strike A Light logo.

Scroll down for a few quick examples:

The University also support us with our work – for example, by letting us use their facilities as rehearsal space for visiting professional artists. We offer these via an open call-out, which means that both local and national touring professionals get to use Gloucester as their base for developing their work – and University of Gloucestershire students can get the chance to shadow these performers as they’re devising shows.

We work with students across different disciplines and courses:

  • music
  • computer science
  • drama
  • performing arts
  • dance
  • events management
  • even the trampolining group!

Amazing events and experiences (for cheap!) – like Binaural Dinner Date

We put on incredible events and experiences in unexpected places all across Gloucester all year round. Students can get discounted tickets to any of these events (typically for £7 instead of £12) and we hope they’ll be unique moments in their life that they never forget. Not bad for under a tenner!

For example, in 2019, we had a group of students come on a Binaural Dinner Date – a participative show, where they were paired up with someone they may never have met before to go on a staged ‘date’. They had to follow secret instructions delivered over headphones at their tables, as they found themselves caught up in deepening conversations and storylines unfolding over the course of an hour…

Training and workshop sessions to build your performance skills – like our Youth Dance Company

We run weekly classes in drama, dance and vocal, in partnership with GL4 and Bristol Old Vic, and we also deliver workshops and projects linked to shows in the Strike A Light programme.

Our Youth Dance Company (for 15-23 year olds) currently takes place on the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls campus and gives students fantastic opportunities:

  • to perform in new dance pieces
  • to see new dance shows, with free tickets to events and performances
  • to work with visiting professionals and touring companies

Support for up-and-coming artists – like our Hawkwood residencies

We love to support local artists to develop their work and hone their craft. That support can take the form of anything from a one-off advice session to producing national tours. We also offer residencies, rehearsal space, commissions and other types of support.

For example, one of our Associate Artists is Gloucester theatre-maker Vinnie Heaven, who we’ve worked with since they were first starting out:

‘I was a rough around the edges maker with a hundred ideas and the energy to match. Fast forward a few shows later and I’m at Hawkwood, on a residency, having sat down a few weeks before with EJ and Sarah and been asked “Have you got a show in you? What do you need from us?”.

The biggest thing to admit here is that I had to let them help me, I had to admit I had no contacts for directors, designers, producers, organisations to put on my funding app, theatres to ask for in kind support, none of it…’

Vinnie Heaven

Check out Vinnie’s story in their own words:

A person in a red sweater looks to the right of the frame. They hold a red curtain in their hands.

Career support – like our Young Producers and Promoters workshops

We’ve got a whole heap of opportunities for artists, performers, young people and others looking to develop their work in the arts.

For instance, in 2019, we ran a series of workshops for aspiring producers and promoters. The course ran weekly across 12 weeks and culminated in them producing their own event as part of Gloucester Rooftop Festival. We had the most wonderful time getting to know them and it was so lovely to see them all come together as a brilliantly supportive team. They have all already gone on to do some amazing things and we can’t wait to see more from them!

And there’s tons more – paid training opportunities, volunteering, work placements or event management experience, the chance to try out your own creative work-in-progress in front of a real audience, you name it…

We even do the odd bit of visiting lecturing, so there’s a chance you might see us cropping up on your courses!

If you’re a student and want to chat to us about working in the arts, cultural events, things to do in Gloucester or anything else really, just drop us a line any time – or you’re welcome to stop by our office on Commercial Road for a cuppa.

And if you’re not yet a student but you’re thinking about where to go to uni, obviously you need to get over to ASAP. Contrary to what Google might tell you, Gloucester is where it’s at.

Hope to see you soon! 🤞🙌