Express FM Celebrates Volunteer Presenters

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Logo - SmallExpress FM, Portsmouth’s very own local radio station, has once more held their annual awards event to celebrate the work of their invaluable volunteers. The Lord Mayor, Cllr Frank Jonas, was there to make the presentations.

"95 per cent of our programmes are presented by volunteers" say Station Director Cheryl Buggy, "So without them we would not exist! This our way of saying thank you, and recognising outstanding contributions."

The Volunteer of the Year went to not one, but two people this year. One to the Breakfast Show presenter Mason Jordon, who manages to juggle a full time job with getting up really early every morning. The other award went to 19 year old, former Highbury student Josh Beaven. "It was a very nice surprise to be honoured for something I really love doing. Express is a great place to learn how to be a professional presenter, I would recommend it to anybody who wants to get a foot in the door of the media!"

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Another presenter recognised for his endeavours was Dan Windle who picked up the Best Ambassador award. Dan is a familiar voice on Express, presenting the Football Hour shows and providing the commentary for all the Pompey matches. "Dan goes above and beyond the shows and commentary contributions" says Technical Manager Ellie West Thomas. "He promotes the station wherever he goes, and is a constant advocate and champion. Sadly for us he is leaving for pastures new having been offered a job with TalkSPORT 2 and we will miss him."

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Best Specialist Show went to Gloria Miller, herself a great singer. She hosts Glo's Music for the Soul, and came to Express having never presented on radio before. "It's a real honour. I enjoy sharing the music I am passionate about so to win an award is the cherry on the cake." said Gloria.

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The Awards celebration, held at the Eldon Building of the University, soon to be the new home of Express, culminated in a special presentation of certificates for volunteers who had been with the station for the full ten years of its existence. A fitting end to a great evening.

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Visit to find out more about the range of great shows that are on offer every day of the week, and also how you can get involved and join the Express volunteer team.


Auditions announced for International Co-Production of Romeo and Juliet

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RJThis summer, the Kings Theatre Portsmouth and Teatro Nuovo-Verona, Teatro Stabile Veneto are once again collaborating to bring to its original setting, the most famous romantic tragedy ever written, Romeo and Juliet.

In 2015, thousands of visitors from all over the world came to Verona and saw, for the first time, an abridged interactive production (in English and Italian) of Romeo and Juliet. The production was enthusiastically received by the Italian press, industry professional and audiences. The audiences delighting in participating in some scenes and being guided around some of the city’s most beautiful historical locations including Juliet’s courtyard, the Cortile Ex Tribunale, the Cortile Mercato Vecchio and Teatro Nuovo.

The Kings Theatre Portsmouth are holding auditions on Sunday 29 May 2016 to find professional actors from the UK to perform in this international project.

The actors must be over 18 and have a playing range of late teens to early twenties. The actors will take on the lead roles of Romeo and Juliet. (Further details below).

This site-specific promenade production debuted in 2015 and was performed in English by three young actors (Jon Tozzi, Kat Ronson and Joe Parker) fresh from drama school. As a measure of the success of the three young actors cast in 2015, Paolo Valerio, the Artistic Director of Teatro Nuovo-Verona has extended the English language performances from three weeks within the three month run, to two of the three month run in 2016.

David Cooper, Chief Executive of the Kings Theatre Portsmouth will be overseeing the auditions on 29 May. He said “We were so lucky to have found Jon, Kat and Joe last year. Their performances were entertaining, enchanting and heart-breaking at all the right points. I am very much looking forward to the auditions on 29 May and starting the process to find the young actors who will take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity to appear in Romeo and Juliet in Verona.”

This outdoor production will be directed by Paolo Valerio, Teatro Nuovo-Verona’s artistic director and staged in Verona’s unique setting of Juliet’s Courtyard. Following its run in Verona, the production will be brought to the UK with the first performance in Portsmouth.

For further information about this international project


Juliet (Female)

  • Neutral accent
  • Playing age 16 - 25
  • A lovely looking, innocent girl with superb acting skills

Height: Any
Appearance: Any

Romeo (Male)

  • Neutral accent
  • Playing Age 16 - 25
  • A good-looking energetic male who has the power to command the stage.

Height: Any
Appearance: Any


An abridged site-specific interactive production (in English and Italian) of Romeo and Juliet to be performed in Verona.

Period of Engagement

Rehearsals in Verona: There will some rehearsal days in Italy alongside Italian actors (TBC but likely to be end of June/beginning of July)
Performances: July –August, six days a week (dates TBC)


This is a paid role and all accommodation and flights will be covered
Your employment will be with the Teatro Nuovo-Verona, Teatro Stabile Veneto.

Please send your photo and resume CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday 23 May.
Auditions: Sunday 29 May 2016
Location: Portsmouth/Southsea
Full details about the audiitons will be confirmed by email to those who are shortlisted.

By attending the auditions you give permission for your audition to be filmed and photographed for publicity purposes.


Unloc Offers Summer Camp For Young Leaders

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Unloc love enabling young people to thrive and providing them with opportunities that can not only help to promote themselves but also allow them to build character, independence and develop their skills set.

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This summer they are teaming up with Pompey in the Community and NCS (National Citizens Service) to provide a unique opportunity for young people who have shown leadership potential to develop their skills even further and then showcase them in a social action project.

The programme takes place over the course of 4 weeks and gives students a chance to try new things, team build, identify new skills and meet new friends. Below is how the events unfold across the course of 4 weeks.

What does Unloc’s NCS Leadership Camp look like at a glance?

Week 1 – Adventure: Students attend a specialist activity center for a week of activities such as; kayaking, canoeing, raft building, archery, climbing, zip wire and abseiling and over team building exercises.

Week 2 – Trying Something New: This week is aimed at allowing young people to gain valuable life skills, increase their independence and boost their employability skills.

Week 3 & 4 – Make your mark: This will be when the students are able to ‘give back’ to their community using the skills they have developed in the previous weeks. As a team they will research, plan, fundraise and carry out their social action project right here in Portsmouth.

This is a unique and great opportunity for young people in year 11 and AS year of college. If you’re a student, you can find out more and book a place at

Alternatively, if you have any questions regarding this programme, feel free to email Rachel, the program coordinator. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


UTC Portsmouth gets planning go ahead

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Portsmouth's new employer-led University Technical College (UTC) got the green light today from the city’s planning committee which granted approval for the £10m new school building.

The committee approved the application subject to planning conditions.

Led by University of Portsmouth, the Royal Navy, Salterns Academy Trust and Portsmouth City Council, UTC Portsmouth will be built in the grounds of Trafalgar School in Hilsea and will open in September 2017.

UTC Portsmouth will start taking applications for admission from across the Solent region in September 2016 for year 10 and year 12 students. It will specialise in electrical and mechanical engineering and advanced manufacturing.

University of Portsmouth Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) Professor Paul Hayes said: "Obtaining planning approval today is an important step on our journey toward opening UTC Portsmouth. The school will help meet the education and training needs of the next generation of engineers from across the south coast. Working with local employers, the school will focus on students learning through projects that are directly relevant to the needs of industry."

UTC Portsmouth will offer an engineering curriculum alongside the core GCSE subjects in years 10 and 11 and a range of options including Level 3 engineering diplomas and A Levels in years 12 and 13.

Captain Andrew Cree, Royal Navy, project champion for UTC Portsmouth, said: "We’re delighted that the planning application has been approved and would like to thank the committee for their support for this important development. We anticipate that construction will begin in early summer to enable the building to be complete, equipped and ready to welcome our first students in September 2017."

David Williams, Chief Executive of Portsmouth City Council, said: "Working with industry partners is key to UTC Portsmouth's success. We’re pleased that they share our exciting vision of a new model of education which will enhance the learning offer in the city and support the wider regeneration and economic prosperity of the area.”

Admissions for Year 10 and Year 12 students open in September 2016 visit the website for more information and to register your interest.

UTC Portsmouth will be co-located on the current Trafalgar School site in Hilsea. There are currently 39 UTCs across the country and by 2016, more than 55 will be in operation. They teach technical and scientific subjects in a new way and aim to educate the inventors, engineers, scientists and technicians of tomorrow.

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