Student Profile – Rosie

Rosie RPA Drama Team 2016-17


Hi, I’m Rosie! I’m from Chard in Somerset. I’ve enjoyed performing for a few years and after studying at university I felt God was leading me to pursue the performing arts further. I’m interested in using drama to spread the gospel and how it inspires, especially young people. Riverside Performing Arts is the perfect place to do this!
Since performing story theatre in our first term, I have a new confidence about creating characters and performance. It’s been incredible to see the young people’s reactions in schools when we perform for them, and I am so thankful for this opportunity to glorify God through the performing arts.
The third and final term may be finishing but I know that God still has so much in store for us!

Rosie is performing in the drama team’s final showcase “Seasons” at Riverside House at 7.30pm on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June.
Click here to book online.

If you are interested to know more about the Riverside Performing Arts “Learning through Serving” drama and discipleship gap year programme, please click here or contact us for more information.
Places are still available for the 2017-18 programme.

SEASONS: RPA 2016-17 Showcase

Seasons RPA showcase

Seasons production 23rd & 24 June 2017

To everything there is a season – and no season lasts forever.
Riverside Performing Arts presents a showcase of original, thought-provoking plays and monologues exploring the theme of seasons of life.
7.30 – 9pm on Friday 23rd June & Saturday 24th June 2017 at Riverside House, 21 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8AR
Refreshments included.
Tickets £7. Concessions £6. Click here to book online.

Watch the trailer here!

Seasons is the final production of the 2017-18 RPA drama team which includes Bethany Christian, Rosie Colthorpe, Lydia Davis, Henry Hodson, Kellyn Morrissey and Emily White. They have completed their Riverside Performing Arts “Learning through Serving” nine month training programme in drama and discipleship based in Birmingham UK. If you are interested to know more about the gap year programme, please click here.

Student Profile – Henry Hodson

Henry Hodson RPA drama team

Henry Hodson

Hi, my name’s Henry. I’m from Bromsgrove in Worcestershire and I’m completing my time as a student at RPA.

Before I started this course, I really didn’t know what to expect. I remember my first day, where we met our tutors and got to know the rest of the team, and to be honest, I was a bit nervous and wasn’t sure if this was the right course for me. I have always been a very timid kid who didn’t say much, and didn’t do well when speaking in front of people.
Nine months later, my confidence has grown, my faith in God has definitely matured, and I have made friendships which will last a lifetime.
I would say my highlights have been when we’re on tour, where we really see God at work in the schools and hearing incredible stories of how we have impacted kids’ lives.
RPA is an amazing year if you want to use your gifts in the arts for God and to grow into the person he wants you to be.

Henry will be performing in ‘Seasons’ RPA’s showcase performance on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June 2017. Click here for more details.

Riverside Performing Arts drama and discipleship course is a nine month gap year programme which gives 18-30 year olds the opportunity to grow in performance talents, leadership skills and Christian faith.

RPA is recruiting for the 2017-18 drama team. Click here for details.


React Summer Intensive 2017 is ON!

React Summer Intensive 2017 is here!

From 9.30am- 3.30pm Monday 31st July to Friday 4th August 2017, it’s gonna be 5 days packed with performing arts including acting, dance, drama, song writing, film making, physical theatre and so much more. It ends with a fantastic performance to family and friends on the Friday afternoon.

All the performers and facilitators are ready to pass on their skills to you. They’re fun checked and DBS checked!
This is not another boring summer holiday at home. This is the REACT SUMMER INTENSIVE.

Suitable for children aged 7 – 12 years. 
Early bird booking up to 5th June £68
After 6th June £75

For more information and to book, click here!

React 2017 RPA

React 2017

Student Profile – Kellyn Morrissey

Kellyn Morrissey RPA 2016-17 gap year trainee

Kellyn Morrissey

Hi my name is Kellyn. I am 18 years old and from Colorado Springs USA. My journey to RPA has been an adventure! I met so many people who have quickly become some of my best friends.
In our primary school show ‘The Great Fairy Tale Mix Up’ I played Bonnie the Bear. It was some of the most fun I’ve had performing. Returning from Colorado after Christmas, I’ve been homesick for a hug from my parents but I’m an ocean and 7 hours away, yet God has taught me much in my struggles. This term, we created a play called ‘Frame of Mind’ looking at issues around mental health. I’m so excited to take this into secondary schools. I certain that we’ll make a huge difference. Overall, I am having the time of my life and am so thankful for all these experiences!

Look out for Kellyn in the RPA drama team’s final showcase production ‘Seasons’ on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June 2017. Click here for more details.

Riverside Performing Arts drama and discipleship course is a nine month gap year programme which gives 18-30 year olds the opportunity to grow in performance talents, leadership skills and Christian faith. RPA is recruiting for the 2017-18 drama team. Click here for details.

Find out about ‘Frame of Mind’

RPA Frame of Mind production

Frame of Mind on tour

‘Frame of Mind’ is a fast-paced, emotive and thought-provoking show utilising humour, personal stories and statistics to enable the audience to gain a deeper understanding of mental health. The actors displayed complicated aspects of mental health using entertaining drama, such as in the neurons sketch, where a doctor describes the causes and science behind mental health illnesses, while the actors enact the complex biology of neurons whizzing around the brain or being blocked in the mind.

During its successful tour around Birmingham secondary schools, ‘Frame of Mind’ made students laugh and subtlety informed them about the impacts of mental health. One student said “I thought it was really funny but it taught me a lot too”.

In the workshops after the show, many students were challenged by the themes that they were discussing such as identity, living with mental illnesses, supporting others with mental illness, the impact of social media and recovery.

‘Frame of Mind’ is a must see show for teenagers, young people and adults that challenges and equips us to understand better the complexities of what goes on in our minds.

by Charlotte Dipper

‘Frame of Mind’ is performing at mac Birmingham on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March. Tickets available online here.

‘Frame of Mind’ forms part of the drama and discipleship training programme for Riverside Performing  gap year programme. This is a 9 month course training in drama and performance techniques and Christian discipleship for 18-30 year olds. We are now recruiting for 2017-18. Please find out more by clicking here.

Creative stories make an impact!

RPA Frame of Mind

Frame of Mind

Jesus was one of the most effective story tellers the world has seen, connecting with people using images they understood in creative and illustrative ways.

At Riverside Performing Arts our desire is to model this ability to tell stories to challenge, provoke thought and positively change all those we are connecting with. From this we have the privilege of hearing many real life stories of ways our work has impacted and we wanted to share some with you.

Over the last 2 months we’ve heard these responses:
“My son is unable to attend mainstream education due to a number of difficulties he faces. I find it hard to see him unable to engage in so many of the experiences he is given. However, when he saw your performance he not only sat and danced throughout the whole show but has also continued telling me how special he knows he is since seeing it. I cannot thank you enough.” Parent

“Thank you for your lovely performance, it was fantastic acting. I like the part where you sing about Jesus and God” Year 2 Pupil

“Since I started RPA, my faith in God has grown tremendously. I have learnt more about who he is and who I am in him. RPA has changed and moulded me, and I have come out bolder, stronger, and more confident than ever.” 2016-17 RPA Student

“There is a big difference in all the work RPA do to other Theatre Companies we’ve worked with. The genuine value and love they bring into our school leaves a notable impact. Following their last assembly a pupil stood up and prayed spontaneously to thank God for what they had shared in our school.” Head Teacher

This year is looking to be one of our busiest ever, full of some incredible opportunities and partnerships which you can read about inside. Thank you so much for all you continue to do in partnering with us on this journey and helping to create even more life changing stories.

Sarah Auger

Come and see us perform our latest production Frame of Mind at the mac Birmingham on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March 2017. If you’d like to know more about our theatre company, contact us.
If you’d like to know more about Riverside Performing Arts 2017-18 gap year training programme, please click here for more information.

Do you love to organise? We’d love to talk to you!

Riverside Performing Arts (RPA) Co-ordinator –

22.5 hours per week

RPA Co-ordinator advert

Keep calm & carry on

Can you prioritise the urgency of multiple requests and then take charge to meet those deadlines?

 Do you gain satisfaction from getting many things done in a day?

 Do you enjoy bringing things to life in the way you describe them to others?

 Do you like to develop others and see them released in their potential?

 Are you supportive and enthusiastic, generous with praise and on the lookout for the positive in a situation?

 RPA is a Christian theatre company & training school, with around 6-8 students per year based in Riverside Church, Birmingham. The students are trained in the performing arts and Christian discipleship and work as a team in many primary and secondary schools in Birmingham and beyond. The theatre company works extensively in Birmingham schools and festivals throughout the UK as well as partnering with the Midlands Art Centre. There are also some evening and weekend performances.

Key Responsibilities:

 Student Admissions – dealing with telephone, email & postal enquiries, representing RPA as first point of contact, setting up interviews & updating database.

Theatre Company– plan weekly call sheets, book projects & venues, liaise with schools & organisations.

Publicity – organising publicity with target organisations, event & publication deadlines. Organising publicity production and prospectus development.

 Administration & Co-ordination – Office organisation, maintaining computerised calendar, checking website up to date & raising invoices.  Ideally, some transportation of the team to schools and mission tours by minibus. Full driving licence.

 Project Work – Where appropriate lead and plan practical project/ performance work

Closing date for Applications: 27th March 2017

For Further details and application form contact:  

Sarah Auger 

T:  0121 442 2586


Student Profile – Beth

Beth Christian RPA 2016-17

Beth Christian

Hi my name is Beth and I am 19 years old and I’m originally from Essex. I’m really enjoying my time here at RPA and I’m so pleased God has brought me here to be part of the team. I’ve enjoyed the different aspects of the course from the in depth training, to the core skills sessions, discipleship course and performances. I’ve learned many life skills and found RPA and Riverside Church to be a very welcoming and supportive environment. I can’t wait for our next tour and all that God will do through it!

Come and see us perform our latest production Frame of Mind at the mac Birmingham on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March 2017. If you’d like to know more about Riverside Performing Arts gap year programme, please click here for more information.

Considering a gap year experience?

Drama team performing story theatre show

RPA drama team performing primary school theatre show

Are you considering taking a gap year?
Are you looking to give some time to God, learn something new, develop a skill and have fun too?
Do you fancy adding some sizzle to your CV with performance or team building skills?
Do you want to learn more about your Christian faith?

As a creative person, you may be wanting to broaden your drama experience by learning a new style of theatre practise, write your own original drama piece, tour across the country or perform in venues ranging from schools to professional theatres. On the Riverside Performing Arts “Learning through serving” gap year experience you can do all that!

We asked some of our students and interns what they are valuing about their gap year experience with Riverside Performing Arts. So, grab a coffee and mull over their comments about the merits of a gap year experience:

“There are some people that might see taking a gap year as being lazy or not getting on with life, but I can honestly say that I would not be the person I am today if I had gone straight to University. Through my gap year I have learned to thrive in a completely new environment while developing in my skills and knowledge. It also gave me time to explore future possibilities as I learned about who I was and what I was really passionate about.”

“For me taking time out to do a gap year built me up in my faith, my character, and clarified my dreams for the future. I learnt more about who I am and who God has made me to be than in any other year in my life and now I cannot imagine having gone without it.”

“The arts industry is pretty competitive, and you want to put yourself in the best position possible to stand out from the crowd. Having a gap year where you have the opportunity to gain experience, develop your skills, and, most importantly, to practically apply what you are learning in a real industry environment will set you apart from those just leaving school or college and put you ahead of the game.”

“A gap year is a great way to learn more about the world before the pressure of university or work. It helps to broaden your horizons, enables you to try new things, and understand more about yourself and other people. My gap year was an incredible experience which prepared me for ‘adulthood’ in a fun environment with fab people – without a doubt my best year so far!”

“I would recommend doing a gap year because you are able to test your strengths as a performer but also question where you are with your relationship with God. You will advance in knowing God’s work for you and also how to work as a team. You’ll perform on a regular basis, touring around places. I valued that I was able to work well in a team and grew in confidence, being able to express my ideas and thoughts.”

“The opportunity to learn, grow, and be challenged within a Christian community was invaluable to me. My faith has come on a long way since I started the course, and through RPA’s involvement in my life, various opportunities have since opened for me to serve and lead. I’m very grateful for RPA and how it’s made such a positive impact on my life.”

Do you want to know more? Click here for more information about Riverside Performing Arts gap year programme. Find out more from this year’s trainees Emily and Lydia. Or contact us with a question. We’d be pleased to hear from you!

The Riverside Performing Arts gap year programme offers training to 18 – 30 year olds in drama, movement, dance, singing, devising and performing in community venues, professional theatres, youth groups, children’s groups and churches along with Christian discipleship.
here more information about the course or how to apply for the 2017-18 course.


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