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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