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Students from school got a taste of the West End when they visited London to help them gain a better insight into the performing arts industry.

Twenty-three students visited the capital for a three-day trip where they watched live theatre performances and took part in workshops with industry professionals.

During the trip, the pupils who were from Year 9 to Year 13, had a tour of The Globe Theatre where they participated in a workshop to explore Shakespearean language.

They also watched the Lion King and took part in a workshop after the show run by professional actor Debbie Korley who has had parts in a number of TV shows and stage productions including ‘Doctors’ and ‘King Lear’ at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. The workshop focused on creating character, particularly focusing on character intentions.

Pupils also had a question and answer session with a member of the ensemble from Lion King, Yolanda Burke, where they were able to gain knowledge of how to get into the industry, including the audition process.

Miss Procter acting assistant curriculum leader of performing arts organised the trip, she said: “The trip was organised after some successful workshops and theatre visits.

“We wanted to continue to develop pupils’ knowledge of the performing arts industry by visiting The Globe, watching live theatre and in particular taking part in workshops with professionals from the industry.

“We also took the pupils on a boat ride up the Thames and visited the London Dungeons. It was a really worthwhile experience, students gained valuable skills and insight into the industry.”

Year 13 student Darcy Kellar said: “It was really good and educational, there was so much to do and see, we had experiences I wouldn’t have normally have been able to have. The opportunity to have a question and answer session with a cast member from The Lion King has really inspired me to follow my dreams of being a performer.”



AgMag Summer 2015