Midlands Academy of Musical Theatre (MAMT), which opens its doors to the first intake of students this September, has announced that it will be based at the iconic Blue Orange Theatre. Situated in the heart of the historical Jewellery Quarter, to the north of Birmingham City Centre, the professional theatre opened in 2011 and offers a great location for students and staff.
James Williams, the founder and Principal of the new school, announced the news today, saying “The Blue Orange Theatre is well known across the city for producing high quality professional work in an incredibly flexible space. I’m delighted that our students will now get to reap the benefits of being trained within this wonderful building”.
As well as the 110 seat theatre venue, The Blue Orange Theatre offers a number of rehearsal spaces, dressing rooms, a purpose built dance studio and a fully licensed café bar for audiences. Williams said that he has gained strong support for the move from his team of West End mentors. “Our faculty all appreciate that being based in a venue which produces great work, tours nationally and has a strong love for new writing is a brilliant partner at the start of our exciting journey,” he explained.
MAMT guest tutor, Dayle Hodge – who is currently starring as Frankie Valli in the West End production of Jersey Boys – echoed his support, adding “It’s great that the students will instantly get used to working in a theatre environment. It’s so important that they know how a theatre works and can understand every aspect of the industry, behind the scenes as well as on the stage”.
Mark Webster, who founded The Blue Orange Theatre five years ago, summarised the venue’s ethos and history, saying “We are committed to working with local professional actors, directors and theatre practitioners. In our first year we produced 5 shows and hosted 9 from visiting companies. We continue to produce up to 10 established plays every year and a number of new writing pieces.”
MAMT prides itself on industry-based training and offers students weekly 121 singing lessons, West End faculty and individual mentors, termly productions and a diploma in performing musical theatre, awarded by Trinity College London.
Williams said “A few places are still available to train with us from September this year so ambitious performers can apply online for our final audition days at www.mamt.org.uk”