Rainbow Room Studio Official Opening
19th November 2018
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On 16th November we welcomed back Rona Morison, a former pupil of the class of 2008, whose professional credits since leaving the Guildhall School of Music and Drama include ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ at the Donmar Warehouse, ‘The Crucible’ at the Bristol Old Vic, The BBC series ‘Decline and Fall’ and ‘Solo’, the latest film in the Star Wars collection. She has been nominated for the London Evening Standard ‘Best Emerging Talent’ Theatre Award and we could think of no one better to ‘unveil the plaque’ and formally open our new performance space.
Following a generous donation from the Stewart family, we have been able to renovate an old classroom and create an exciting performance space, equipped with a state of the art lighting desk and rig. The young people at St Columba’s School have already begun to benefit from their time in the space. In the safety of a drama studio insecurities are banished, confidence is developed; pupils learn teamwork, empathy, compassion; they learn how to articulate thoughts and feelings and become experts at communication.
Rona spoke about the value of drama in schools and the ability performance has to develop self-esteem, articulacy, literacy and teamwork; skills that transform lives.
Julie McCardie, a current parent and professional actress, who has delivered the Drama Club for over a year, now passes the mantel on to Fiona Mackinnon, a formal pupil herself and now St Columba’s Senior School Theatre Practitioner.