Vested Interest named as resident theatre company

Local theatre company Vested Interest have secured a residency working alongside Performing Arts students at Shrewsbury College of Art and Technology. From September 2013 the company will work with students to develop original performance from personal experience.

Co-founder of the company Vicki Duckett says the aim of setting up this partnership is to encourage young performers to explore their devising potential. “Vested Interest write, develop and perform original material. We are excited about allowing students to observe how we do this as well as giving them the opportunity to create new pieces of script and performance.”

The College will play host to the company for a year. Verity Brown who writes and performs for Vested Interest cannot wait to begin. “The Performing Arts facilities at Shrewsbury College are brilliant. We will have access to a studio space and rehearsal rooms, not to mention immersing ourselves in a highly creative environment.”

As a Technical Theatre Tutor at the college Gina Evans recognises the benefits of this partnership. “As a department we are always looking for ways to strengthen our students understanding of Performing Arts. A theatre residency is a perfect way to do this. It will give them an insight into how Vested Interest develop ideas as well as performing alongside their company of actors.”

Vested Interest was set up at the end of last summer and since then has performed an original production of ‘The Perfect Season’ to packed out audiences at The Hive in Shrewsbury.  Their one act ‘Temple Beat’ won numerous awards at the Wellington Theatre Festival in April this year and went on to represent Shropshire at the quarter finals of the All England Theatre Festival in Burton-On-Trent.

For more information on the residency, please email

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