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7 December 2016

Cardiff and Vale College Performing Arts students meet Billy Elliot star Dan Reilly

Performing Arts students at Cardiff and Vale College welcomed actor and musician Dan Reilly to host a workshop at the College’s City Centre Campus based around Billy Elliot the Musical.

Dan has starred as Billy Elliot and in Hair in the West End as well as more recently in ITV’s Victoria.

The workshop Dan Devised was divided into three sections: acting, singing and dancing. The Level 3 Performing Arts students followed Dan’s rehearsal plan for Billy Elliot, performing scenes from the musical.

He also asked the students to perform a musical number to perform to warm up, then they progressed through to an acting workshop where Dan helped them with their northern accents like the characters in the musical had.

Student Anya Trudgian said: “I think the workshop has been really good because we mainly do acting on the course and this has rekindled my feelings towards musical theatre.”

Dan said of the event: “It’s so much fun – when the kids are so engaged it is absolutely brilliant.”