Our higher education drama students took over a Georgian Chapel or their final major performance project, ‘The Overcoat’.  The elegant and dilapidated chapel was an ideal location for this eccentric and surreal production of Gogol’s classic 19th century story, which was adapted by the students under the direction of Tilly Edwards.  The plot revolves around an actual overcoat that comes to represent both status and security for the central character, Akakli. Gogols knew about poverty and he understood how drams, even very small ones like owning a new overcoat, can be a life support.  ‘The Overcoat’ speaks of the impersonality and casual cruelty of office life; about vanity and self-delusion, but with compassion and humour. 

“The quality of this production befits a degree level production both in terms of production quality and also in terms of performance” reflected Karla Ptáček, Head of Performing Arts at Lewisham Southwark College. “The HNC/HND students have applied their learning this year in voice production, physical theatre, and alternative acting styles to produce a high quality and thought provoking piece of theatre.  The audience clearly loved it and one of our H.E partners, University of East London, has invited all performers to audition for their ‘top up’ degree in April. This is a testament to our experienced tutors and innovative approach to teaching and learning”

“I’d like to thank everyone who helped put this together and made it possible including Ben Jacobs, a final-year student studying lighting at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, working with us on placement from Central.”

Our HND students will now move on to BA acting degrees or second/third-year 'top up degrees', following completion of their course.

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In a report, an external examiner has said of our level 4 & 5 drama provision:  ‘The HNC/HND programme at Lewisham Southwark College develops skills that are broad, highly creative, contemporary and beyond the normal fare of HND unit delivery.’

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It’s great to see learners work together in the local community, so we’re thrilled to hear that some of our current and ex-students are participating in an exciting music concert.

The blues gig, which will be held at Off The Cuff in London, will welcome Michelle John to the stage (former business student and now vocalist for Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, Gregory Porter, Sir Elton John, Annie Lennox, George Michael and the London Community Gospel Choir).

Attendees will also see special guests Jodie Mattan (former BTEC and FDA music student) and Frankie Van Beeny (current student, backed by a band of current students) perform.

If you’re into music, what are you waiting for? We’d love to see you there!

Full details

  • Venue: ‘Off The Cuff’, 301 Railton Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 0JN (tel 07853 476235,
  • Date: Sunday 03 April 2016  
  • Time: Doors open at 5pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Extra information: Gig preceded by a screening of ‘Blues Before Sunrise’ (new Blues documentary)



Our floristry department is a hive of activity at the moment, with practical external activities enabling students to go out and participate in a whole host of real-life tasks. 

We’re gearing up to help with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2016, for instance; between 21 May and 22 May, learners will help with the Royal Arch at the Bullring Entrance to the Chelsea showground. This is being created to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Another event is a wedding fair at the Devonport House Hotel Greenwich on 09 April. We’ll be providing wedding table designs for the fair, and we’ll have a stand to promote commercial wedding work to potential brides for orders. We’re also planning on having one of our Level 3 students present to speak to the brides at the hotel.

We’ll get involved with the 220 Triathlon awards event at Stratford Town Hall on 09 April, too: providing two large displays for the main entrance, and flowers for their grand staircase, bar design. Students will work on-site at the event, with a tight deadline to complete in time for the evenings award ceremony.

“All of these events demonstrate our commitment to working on exciting tasks and activities outside of the classroom,” said Louise Roffey, Floristry Lecturer at Lewisham Southwark College.

“I’m seeing so many of our students thrive – truly going from strength to strength – through these kinds of opportunities, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the future.”

Our floristry department were also recently employed to complete all floral arrangements for the Radio Times Cover Awards at Claridges Hotel.

Why not browse the College’s floristry programmes?


As part of last week’s National Apprenticeship Week, we ran an initiative called ‘hire an apprentice’. 

This saw some of our painting students go to Meridian Adventure Play Centre in Greenwich, using their skills to give the space a refresh.

Tessa Martin, Centre Manager, at Meridian Adventure Play Centre, emailed after the project to tell us: “Just had to let you know how pleased all the children and staff are with the paint job. The apprentices, along with Sam Glen, Painting & Decorating Lecturer, all worked really well as a team. They were punctual, polite and they all appeared happy to be here”

“The actual work they carried out is second to none. They were only supposed to paint half of our hut but, as they all worked so quickly the whole entire hut is now painted, walls, door frames and skirting boards. So once again a big thanks to you [Andy Stephens, Work Based Learning Manager at Lewisham Southwark College], Sam and all of the apprentices”

“In fact the whole process from your health and safety inspection to the advice in colour choice was made an enjoyable experience. Our adventure playground has totally been reformed and therefore more inviting for the children.”

Work Based Learning Manager at Lewisham Southwark College, Andy Stephens, reflected: “I’m thrilled that this community project not only enabled our apprentices to gain a valuable and applied experience in the industry, but that it also benefited the Centre so much. The students worked very hard and their effort has clearly paid off.”

Find out about our apprenticeships here.



George Wilkins, lecturer on the Foundation Degree in Music, was asked by top London advertising agency ‘Imagination’ to direct a choir of Ford employees to perform “Time is on my side” at the Geneva International Motor Show’s press conference.

To do this, George first created a demo of the choir in his studio in England – with Lewisham Southwark College alumni, David Landers (who studied a Level 3 BTEC Popular Music course) and Jodie Mattan (former Foundation Degree and BTEC student) as two of the four session singers.

George explains: “Demo recordings and instruction videos of the song were sent to hundreds of Ford employees, who then submitted an audition video of them singing the song. All singers on the demos were former Lewisham students!

“Once the choir members were selected, we trained them over Skype. The entire choir only met and rehearsed the day before the show at a hotel in Geneva. David, Jodie and two other professional facilitators ran the rehearsals. One of these was Oxford music graduate Georgina Steel; the other was Eric Clapton’s backing singer, Michelle John, who studied Business and Finance at Lewisham College in the early 90s before building a career as a top international singer. She is currently also working with Joss Stone and Gregory Porter.

“All five of my team joined the choir to sing at the press conference. This performance was widely regarded as the highlight of press day at the Geneva Motor Show. Ford are renowned for doing something spectacular and, to date, this is their most ambitious and successful project. Motoring journalists usually respond to a press conference with a small amount of polite applause. In contrast we were cheered and received a standing ovation.

A link to the show can be seen here:

George says: “I’m glad I entrusted this job to two very talented and committed former Lewisham College students. I’m proud to say they both performed brilliantly in the choir and made full contributions to the rehearsal process. We are now planning to start a company to offer our diverse musical services to other large companies. We have already had interest from other car companies. Watch this space....!”

Why not explore the College’s music programmes?

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