Students put on spook-tacular show at Halloween pier event

Students put on spook-tacular show at Halloween pier event

South Essex College performing arts and dance students put on a fang-tastic display entertaining crowds at this year’s Southend Pier Ghost Train event held by Southend Council.

The Level 3 students used original storytelling, physical theatre, mime, and dance to engage and entertain visitors to the event which began on-board the pier trains.

Performing arts students shared spooky tales with visitors as the trains made their way to the far end of the pier. On arrival a number of Halloween themed routines were performed by dance students.

Performing arts students then showcased their talents with short plays which they devised themselves designed to educate the younger members of the audience about staying safe.

Tutor Alex Sciusco said the plays and dance routines were visually stunning.

He added: “This project is a live brief and gives our students the opportunity to work as a professional company to produce and perform to a live audience. The students only had four weeks to complete the material for the event and every year the quality of the work is exceptional. All students were professional and performed with flair and energy.”

The College has been involved with the event, which takes place over three Saturdays, for the past six years. The final Ghost Train event takes place on Saturday 3 November from 6.30-8.30pm.

You can find a selection of photos from the event on our Facebook page here

To find out more about Performing Arts and Dance courses at the College, visit or attend the next open event at Southend Campus on Thursday 15 November, 5-8pm.