Today (Wednesday 27 March) marks World Theatre Day, initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) to celebrate the value and the importance of the art form of theatre.

Each year an outstanding figure in, or related to, theatre, shares their reflections on the industry in what is known as the International Message. This message is translated into more than 50 languages and read for tens of thousands of spectators before performances in theatres throughout the world.

This year the message has been written by the renowned Norwegian writer Jon Fosse. You can read the message on the World Theatre Day website.

We have a thriving set of courses related to the theatre here at North Kent College, run from our highly acclaimed Miskin Theatre, situated at our Dartford and Tonbridge campuses.

Student working on technical aspects of theatre production

The Miskin Theatre has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted now for over two decades and features purpose-built facilities including three large dance studios, a musical theatre space and a theatre for our renowned shows.

Our Dance and Musical Theatre qualifications provide outstanding training across all areas of the industry, with students mentored and coached by professionals who work in the industry. Our excellent industry links mean many of our students walk straight into the industry upon leaving the College.

If you are more interested in set construction or design, stage effects, or lighting, sound and costume then we have a number of Technical Theatre courses to train you in your chosen specialism.

You will gain first hand experience in a number of areas and benefit from our first-class facilities.

To find out more visit the Dance and Musical Theatre page or the Technical Theatre page of the North Kent College website.

To find out more about World Theatre Day, visit the World Theatre Day website.