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14/06/2019

Criminal Behaviour

On Monday 8th April, the Theatre and Performance department, based at the Queen’s Specialist Building, created a crime scene re-enactment for students on the Crime and Criminal Justice Programme.

Final year Theatre and Performance students played bystanders, perpetrators and victims in a sequence they devised which featured an attempted violent assault. Crime and Criminal Justice students then acted as police, detectives, and scenes of crime officers to bring the ‘perpetrator’ to justice.

Theatre students had to employ their improvisation skills as they provided witness statements and were interviewed under caution.

Wendy Bateman, Lecturer in Crime & Criminal Justice, said that it has been a great experience for her students, and they felt it was ‘an excellent way to demonstrate their skills’ in practice.

For learners on the Theatre programme, it provided an opportunity to gain valuable placement hours and develop their skills in corporate performance, a growing area of employment for actors.

The event was facilitated by Creative Talent Bolton (CTB), an in-house agency that provides students with work experience which replicates industry practice.

Co-founder of CTB and Programme Leader of Theatre and Performance, Dr Nicola Shaw, said: ‘We began this agency as a collaboration between the Media and Performing Arts courses as a way of professionalising the recruitment of student actors.

'It’s great to see collaborative projects now reaching beyond this, working with departments such as Law and, last year, Nursing, to facilitate the development of professional skills across the university’.

Nicola Shaw

Programme Leader for Theatre and Performance

Theatre and Performance

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