Published on 11/09/23
Helene Barrell, Head of Drama, tells us about the Year 10 IGCSE Drama trip to London.
Our Year 10 Drama students had a fantastic day in London.In the morning we had a very informative tour of The National Theatre on the Southbank, gaining insight into the history of the building, learning about its very different performance spaces and seeing first hand the various workshops and behind-the-scenes areas where props and sets are made. We saw the stage crew preparing the Olivier stage for a tech rehearsal of a new play about Gareth Southgate called ‘Dear England’ and some of us caught a glimpse of actors Joseph Fiennes (who will play Gareth Southgate) and Andrew Scott (who was just in the neighbourhood).
After lunch we watched an incredibly colourful and energetic matinee performance of the musical ‘Guys and Dolls’ at The Bridge Theatre. We had standing tickets for this immersive production directed by Nicholas Hytner: this meant that we were all right in the middle of the action, which our students absolutely loved. Some of them even took part in a dance-off at the end of the show. Afterwards we spotted one of the stars and he very kindly posed with our students for a photo (he is the one with the moustache!).
All in all it was an extremely enjoyable day which we hope will enrich and inspire our drama students’ own performance work.