Performing Arts, Production Arts, Drama and Theatre Studies At Lewes 6th Form College

Lewes 6th Form College has a long established and unique reputation for the Performing Arts. It was one of the first Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) in the Performing Arts and Entertainment Industries in the UK. This status recognised our commitment to innovative and excellent teaching and learning.

Our purpose-built Performing Arts Centre is a busy and exciting environment, where you are able to explore the challenges that will face you in the 21st century, and to acquire and improve the learning and skills that you will need to succeed.

Our staff have a wide range of vocational experience and academic knowledge, as well as an infectious enthusiasm and passion for their subject. In our vibrant and creative department we constantly seek not only to maintain, but to develop, and improve ideas and standards.

This is reflected in the continuing excellent achievements of our students, which are amongst the best in the country, and their high rates of progression into Drama Schools, Higher Education and the Performance Industry.




Wednesday 23rd October

Careers-DayThe Performing Arts Department host their 9th annual event, at which a range of progression opportunities are available to explore by college-wide Performing Arts, Production Arts, Theatre Studies and Musical Theatre students.

This year features a range of workshops, talks, discussions and stalls. Guests include Mountview Academy, New York Film Academy, Central School of Speech and Drama, Rose Bruford, London Studios, Chichester University, Northbrook College, as well as other partners.

Previous years have been a great success, with our students progressing not only to those guesting at our careers day, but using the experience to move on to a range of other colleges and employment opportunities.

A great example of this is Jonathan Raggett, currently appearing in the BBC series “Wolfblood”, who has a prior commitment on Careers Day but is returning to us the week before to talk to our current second years about his experience working in television and film.

Second years are also having the opportunity to work on their audition preparation with Megan Leigh Mason, another alumni, and graduate of Rose Bruford, now enjoying a successful career.

For further information about Careers Day contact


Wednesday 13th November

Theatre Royal Brighton

Creative-ChoicesIn partnership with the Theatre Royal, the Performing Arts Department are holding another Creative Choices event in Brighton.

Exploring the skills, ideas and career opportunities available offstage this event continues to be a great success as we invite local partner schools to bring along students interested in a career in technical theatre.

Our Production Arts Btec course is a great first stepping stone for them on that journey and this exciting event at the Theatre Royal gives them not only an idea and taste of what they can do, but also gives them the opportunity to share that experience alongside our technical students and staff.

With our students progressing onto RADA, Guildhall and Mountview, amongst others, there can be no better place in this area to begin your offstage career.

For further information about this event contact

FINAL-POSTER-MACBETH-13Sussex Downs College & Lewes Youth Theatre Present:

“Full of blood, fire and treachery”

On Thursday 28th and Friday 29th of November, the vast echoing tunnels of Newhaven Fort will be filled with blood, murder, fire and love. Performing Arts and Production Arts Students from Sussex Downs College and Lewes Youth Theatre (LYT) will recreate special school performances of the bloody turmoil of ‘Macbeth’. The night will also include daunting Shakespearean monologues around the fort.

This year LYT have teamed up with the new drumming group “Stix” enhancing the haunting atmosphere and creating an experience way beyond your nightmares.

Come and watch Performing and Production Arts students from SDC working at their best… not to be missed.

Come prepared for all types of weather…

DATE : Thursday 28th November 2013
TIME : 7.00pm (6.30pm for Mince Pies & Mulled Wine)
DATE : Friday 29th November 2013
TIME : 7.00pm (6.30pm for Mince Pies & Mulled Wine)
COST : £5.00 (Adult)
£3.50 (Child / Concession)

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Battle of Lewes 750

Prepare_For_Battle_April_2014Sussex Downs Lewes College Production Art students have secured a £40k grant, from the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots, to organise a weekend to commemorate and bring to life the Battle of Lewes 750, happening 16, 17 & 18 May 2014.

They are calling all students and staff to GET INVOLVED, whether this is attending the weekend event, participating in the event, or maybe even helping to build the camp!

The three-day festival ‘Prepare for Battle’ will take place on the Railway Land, only a stone’s throw away from our Lewes Campus.

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2nd, 3rd & 5th December

Studio Theatre, Performing Arts Centre, Lewes

7pm all performances

FragmentsOur Performing Arts Diploma students present a selection of Theatre styles. Incorporating Naturalism, Political and Absurdist theatre, the first year students on our Double A level course showcase the range of styles and genres they have been studying during their first term. It is their opportunity to present their work and to demonstrate their ideas and development, and if you are interested in studying with us the chance for you to experience the work we do.

For further information about Fragments contact


10th, 12th & 13th December

All Saints Centre, Lewes

7.30pm all performances

PantoThe festive period sees the return of our ever popular pantomimes. Touring to primary schools in the Lewes and surrounding areas, and then pitching up at the All Saints Centre for a run of evenings, this year promises to be as fun and enjoyable as any previous.

On Tuesday 10th we present Snow White, followed by Alice in Pantoland on Thursday 12th, and finishing on Friday 13th with our version of The Little Mermaid!

All shows of course have the essential ingredients of panto including, of course, fun for all the family.

Ticket prices are £5/£4 concessions

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