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Mayoral opening of performing arts hub in Bushey

Last Modified April 15, 2024

The Mayor of Hertsmere was on hand this Monday (15 April) to help with the curtain-raising of the MPAA performing arts academy centre as it took up a new tenancy at the council-owned Bushey Country Club site. 

The industry-led academy offers a BA (Hons) Musical Theatre Performance Degree validated by The University of West London with outstanding longer-term employment results.  The Mayor, Cllr Chris Myers, saw for himself some of the training the academy offers and had an opportunity to speak to several of the students about their career aspirations. 

MPAA has agreed the tenancy with us, enabling optimum use of the site whilst the longer term future of the asset continues to be developed and an exciting use of the accommodation as a hub to further boost the borough’s commitment to the performing arts. 

Mayor Cllr Myers commented: “In my tenure as Mayor, I've had the privilege of witnessing extraordinary performances by the exceptionally talented students of MPAA. Meeting with Ben Darmanin, the CEO and administrators of this esteemed academy has been enlightening, learning about their comprehensive courses and unwavering support for their exceptional students. The palpable passion for the creative arts emanating from both staff and students alike has been truly inspiring. Fostering the arts in Hertsmere aligns perfectly with our vision, and I am thrilled to have such an outstanding drama school within our borough.”

Cllr Jeremy Newmark, Hertsmere Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Asset Management, added: “Whilst we continue to work on a range of options for the long-term future of Bushey Country Club, it’s fantastic that we have reached this agreement with MPAA.  It’s a win-win scenario providing MPAA with super premises to support their courses and contribute to our borough-wide creative arts strategy; whilst also generating the best possible value from this public asset.”

Ben Darmanin, CEO of MPAA, who led the welcome party during the Mayor’s visit, said: “We are glad to show our commitment to the borough by entering into this partnership, which will ensure the legacy and longevity of MPAA as well as offer an enhanced student and staff experience.

“We are grateful for the generous support of the Mayor and Hertsmere Borough Council. This agreement will ensure our continued presence in the borough as the only provider of a musical theatre degree.

“The new site will give our students more space to grow and excel, and the opportunity to further engage with the local community as we continue to provide outstanding education.”

Posted on Monday 15th April 2024

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