Griff Rhys Jones opens new performing arts space

Published: 7 November 2011 at 14:21

‘Now let’s get dancing’ is the message to Anglia Ruskin’s students

TV presenter and comedian Griff Rhys Jones officially opened Anglia Ruskin University’s new drama and performing arts space on Saturday [5 November].

The facility, which is part of the new £35 million redevelopment at the heart of the Cambridge campus, provides much-needed rehearsal and performance space for students at Anglia Ruskin.

Griff, who received an honorary Doctor of Letters award in 2004, said:

“As an honorary fellow of Anglia Ruskin University I am delighted to be able to return to Cambridge to open the new drama and performing arts space.

“In fact as, someone who has frequented a few draughty rehearsal halls in my time it’s wonderful that the students have something that’s purpose built for their needs. This is the bright future and hugely welcome.

“In these difficult economic times it is a great achievement to have managed to get this space funded, supported and built and I am full of congratulations for everyone involved. Now let’s get dancing, acting and performing.”

Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus now boasts the Mumford Theatre, which is a professional-standard performing space, a recital hall equipped for small-scale concerts, and now this new drama and performing arts space.

Sandra Hollis, Anglia Ruskin’s Pro Vice Chancellor, said:

“Everyone in the Music and Performing Arts department is very excited by this new facility and we are delighted to welcome Griff back to Cambridge for its official opening.

“The wider development also brings new lecture theatres, classrooms, student works spaces, social spaces and, of course, the Lord Ashcroft International Business School, making Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus a truly 21st-century place to study.”