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RFD students to perform at the National Theatre


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Three Gloucestershire College students have been selected to perform at this summer’s National Theatre Connections Festival, and will tread the boards of the prestigious Dorfman Theatre at London’s famous South Bank venue. 

Sixth Form student Jake Gwilliam, Catering student Erin Tanswell and Performing Arts student Liam Jones, who study at the Royal Forest of Dean Campus, form part of the seven-strong Found in the Forest Youth Theatre group, which made the final 10 out of hundreds across the country.

Flying the flag for rural arts groups in the Forest of Dean in particular, the Found in the Forest Youth Theatre group, which has rarely performed outside of Cinderford and Coleford, will present an original play entitled Hood by Katherine Chandler at the festival on Friday 3 July.

The group is subsidised by Arts in Rural Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire College, and also rehearses every Tuesday at the College’s Five Acres campus.

Head of Communications, Michelle Cant, said: “We’re delighted to hear that the Found in the Forest Theatre group has been selected to perform in such a prestigious venue in London. Three current Gloucestershire College students, Jake, Erin and Liam form part of the talented group who have already performed this piece at the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff - we cannot wait to see their next performance! Congratulations to everybody involved.”

Ed O’Driscoll, Executive Director of Arts in Rural Gloucestershire added: “We’re all completely over the moon for them. This could be life changing; an experience they will all remember the rest of their lives.

“What’s really great is that they truly deserve to be there. They are an exceptionally talented group of young actors who could all have exciting professional careers in theatre should they so wish. I can’t wait to be there waving the flag for the Forest and cheering them on!”

For more information about Gloucestershire College’s Performing Arts courses visit or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.

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