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Mountview Academy

ON THE EDGE of Peckham Square, behind the Stirling Prize-winning library, lies the impressive new exterior of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Its two interlocking brick buildings reflect the heritage of the site, which was once a canalside warehouse. Located over three floors, with a golden brown Corten steel wrap around its theatre, the building is an asset to the local landscape. However, Mountview offers much more to Peckham than a drama school with an impressive physical structure. “Mountview is a community asset,” explains its joint CEO and executive director, Sarah Preece. “In January [2019], we will be launching our Community Academy, which will open up the building to local people. They will have daily access to our world-class facilities. “Historically, drama schools tend to have their back to their communities,” she adds. “They are good at providing trained performers, but that usually happens in isolation. Our ethos is not just to provide superb vocational training, but to embed arts education and engagement within our community. We want to provide opportunities to young people who otherwise would not believe there would be an opening for them in this world. “We are subsidising all our pathways and offering four bursaries each year to local students. We have just awarded three to Southwark residents, one of whom is a Theatre Peckham student joining our foundation course.” Mountview is in the process of creating apprenticeships for set construction, wardrobe, front of house and theatre. On a more regular basis, the Community Academy is offering free and discounted classes to children, young people and adults. In addition, free tickets will be available for local people for the academy’s many performances throughout the year. Preece says: “We’re also bringing economic benefits to local businesses through the creation of jobs. In fact,

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THIS PAGE: Mountview runs dance classes ( far left); Sarah Preece (above left); the building’s interior (left) and exterior (below left).

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Southwark magazine #20  

Over 20 issues, Southwark magazine has covered the transformation of the London borough, showcasing the influential buildings, strong commun...

Southwark magazine #20  

Over 20 issues, Southwark magazine has covered the transformation of the London borough, showcasing the influential buildings, strong commun...