Young performers head to London 

Posted on: 03/07/2014

Students from years 8, 9 and 10 enjoyed another trip to the London west end this year. This time we had fun exploring the city by tube and by foot. Upon arriving we went straight to Pineapple Studios where we took part in a music and choreography class with cast members of Les Miserables. They followed this with a Q&A session where students asked questions about the life of an actor and the preparation they go through for a performance. Following the workshop we explored Covent Gardens before going on a very informative and humorous backstage tour of the Theatre Royal, the oldest theatre in the world. 

After our evening meal we were then very excited for the highlight of the trip, to see one of the West End's most popular hit shows, War Horse. The production was fantastic and gave the students the opportunity to witness the horrors of the First World War.  Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford War Horse takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France.  Mr Pluckrose, Head of Performing arts who organised the trip, said: "As 2014 is the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, an opportunity for our pupils to watch this could not be more poignant". 

The next day we had an informative tour of the Globe Theatre, where we watched rehearsals taking place for Julius Caesar. Students then enjoyed some free time exploring Piccadilly Circus and Regent Street before catching the train home. 

The entire group enjoyed these two amazing days, which was a wonderful opportunity for our students to take part in and to experience the power of live performance come to life on the stage. 

We asked a couple of students what they thought about the trip. 
'It was interesting to see how theatres' worked. My Favourite part was seeing War Horse because the puppetry was really cleaver.' - Matthew Snow 

'London was really good; I would love to go again. The best bit was the tour because they made it really interesting and fun' -Lucy Morrish 


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