Ded­i­ca­tion to art reaps re­wards

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Level 3 stu­dent Maia Ce­bula Macken­zie, from Bucks Col­lege group’s Amer­sham cam­pus, won the UAL Award­ing Body Per­form­ing and Pro­duc­tion Arts Ori­gins Cre­ative Arts Fes­ti­val Award.

UAL Award­ing Body hosted its first Ori­gins Cre­ative Arts Fes­ti­val on Au­gust 3-5 at Barge­house, Oxo Tower Wharf, where it show­cased a se­lec­tion of the finest cre­ative work pro­duced by stu­dents com­plet­ing fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tions at UAL ap­proved in­sti­tu­tions across the UK.

Irene Ram­b­ota, course leader for Level 3 Act­ing at the Amer­sham Cam­pus said: “I am thrilled that Maia won the Per­form­ing and Pro­duc­tions Arts Ori­gins Cre­ative Arts Fes­ti­val Award. I nom­i­nated her be­cause she demon­strated ex­tra­or­di­nary com­mit­ment to the Level 3 Act­ing course, es­pe­cially dur­ing the fi­nal shows, and com­pleted her first year with a fan­tas­tic Distinc­tion.

“Maia was orig­i­nally cast as Cor­nelia in Some­thing Un­spo­ken, part of our out­door dou­ble bill of Ten­nessee Wil­liams’ Gar­den Dis­trict, the other play be­ing Sud­denly Last Sum­mer. Due to un­fore­seen cir­cum­stanc- es, the role of Cather­ine in Sud­denly Last Sum­mer had to be re­cast and, with­out hes­i­ta­tion, Maia agreed to take on the role.

“This meant Maia had to em­brace two ex­tremely de­mand­ing and con­trast­ing roles in a very short pe­riod of time.

“Her per­for­mance as Cather­ine was beau­ti­fully raw, mov­ing and in­cred­i­bly pow­er­ful, lead­ing to a stand­ing ova­tion af­ter the sec­ond per­for­mance. Equally, her per­for­mance as Cor­nelia was un­wa­ver­ing in its honesty, full of de­tail and sub­tly nu­anced.

“She was able to com­mit to both char­ac­ters with­out mud­dling any bound­aries of per­son­al­ity - an ex­tra­or­di­nary feat con­sid­er­ing the in­tense emo­tional jour­neys they had to go on. Both plays cover deep themes, strong and at times un­set­tling - dif­fi­cult for a young ac­tor to tackle. An ex­tremely hard-work­ing and tal­ented stu­dent, Maia has ev­ery rea­son to be in­cred­i­bly proud of what she was able to achieve.”

More cause for cel­e­bra­tion on the Level 3 Act­ing Course comes from the sec­ond year co­hort, 70% of whom grad­u­ated with a fan­tas­tic triple distinc­tion (DDD) or higher.

Three stu­dents, El­liot Allder, Laike Dea­con and Lau­rence Kirk, achieved the high­est grade of D*D*D*.

“I am so proud of each and ev­ery one of the Level 3 Act­ing stu­dents, who throw them­selves into their work with such ded­i­ca­tion and pas­sion. It’s a joy and priv­i­lege to be part of their jour­ney,” said Irene.

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