Dedication to art reaps rewards
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.