Yorkshire Times
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12:52 PM 22nd April 2013

Performing Arts School Finds New Home In Sheffield City Centre

Ruth Carney
Ruth Carney
South Yorkshire's première Performing Arts School Carney Academy today announces its move to the centre of Sheffield. The school will leave the Lantern Theatre in Nether Edge and take up permanent residency on Surrey Street, right in the heart of Sheffield's cultural quarter. The school also announces its Our House Summer School, which will see West End creatives visit Sheffield to explore Tim Firth's smash hit musical. In addition to the Summer School West End actress Samantha Robinson will be bringing some of Shakespeare's most exciting characters to life in the two week course Malice and Intrigue.

The school's new home, which it will fully occupy in July of this year, will allow it's pupils to have a fully flexible drama studio, with two other rehearsal spaces for singing, dance and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations to take place in. This move to the city centre will give better accessibility to students from the whole of Sheffield. In 2014 Carney Academy intends to start full time, accredited training course for professional actors - the first ever in Sheffield.

Ruth Carney-Nash Director and Founder of Carney Academy said; "These are exciting times for us, the Lantern Theatre has been a wonderful home for us since 2010 but this opportunity allows us to expand our offer to students. The possibility of what we can do in this space, both theatrically and also with the whole experience for our students will make such a huge difference. Carney Academy is all about learning new skills and how transformative that can be, we are absolutely thrilled to now be in the centre of town."

Our House Summer School will run from Monday 12 August to Friday 16 August and will be the opportunity for the young people of Yorkshire to learn new skills from top industry professionals. Over the course of a week students aged between 8 to 18 will discover the world of Joe Casey as he struggles on the path of life between good and bad. Exploring the hit songs by Madness such as Our House, It Must Be Love and My Girl, this heartfelt show is for all ages and touches on many themes for those interested acting, singing and dancing. The week will culminate in a performance on Friday 16 August at the new Carney Academy Sheffield home.

Tim Firth writer of Our House said; "No-one ever knows a building as well as the architect and Ruth Carney-Nash was part of the original construction team for Our House. And 'our house' it truly was, a genuine joint endeavour of which everyone involved remains hugely proud. I know that with Ruth in control the project is not only in safe hands but poised for a vibrant and exciting rebuild."

West End Choreographer Richard Roe will be choreographer on Our House he was most recently Associate Choreographer on The Wizard of Oz (Palladium and Toronto). Previous to this Richard was in Sweet Charity (Royal Haymarket Theatre & Menier Chocolate Factory) and he was the Dance Captain for the hit Lord of The Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Musical Director Andrew Griffiths will be Musical Director. He has been Assistant Musical Director on UK Tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita (Bill Kenwright Ltd), Disney's Beauty and the Beast and South Pacific (UK Productions). He has also played keyboards for the European Tour of Evita and the 2011 tour of Scrooge starring Tommy Steele. West End and Broadway Director Ruth Carney-Nash will be directing. Ruth was Associate Director to Matthew Warchus on the international production of Ghost the Musical. Her previous work with Warchus was Associate Director on the UK tour of Our House The Musical and The Lord of The Rings, Theatre Royal Drury Lane London. Prior to Ghost Ruth was Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres, where she directed Sisters, Confessions of A City and Suitcase City.

Actress and Artistic Associate of Carney Academy Samantha Robinson will be exploring Shakespeare in Malice and Intrigue. This two-week workshop running from 12 - 23 August will culminate in two performances at the academy. Malice and Intrigue will allow participating actors to be given the opportunity to play some of the Bard's most challenging and thrilling roles. Using the clues Shakespeare has littered in his text, students will learn how to approach the verse, unlock the emotion and deliver some of the most exciting theatrical characters ever written. Samantha uses a demystifying and fun approach to access what many see as some of the most difficult of Shakespeares texts to understand. Her extensive career includes Shakespeare's The Tempest where she played opposite the late Pete Postslethwaite. No stranger to Sheffield as she was last seen in the recent critically claimed productions of Order and Can't Stand Up For Falling Down at the Lantern Theatre.

Samantha Robinson said; "Once you know the rules, get inside the stories, Shakespeare really is the easiest and most exciting thing to play over and over and again."

It is not necessary for participants to have a performance background to take part. Places for the Summer School are on a first come first serve basis to book a place please contact 07956870516