Drama Visits

Drama and theatre production has a surprising power to challenge people’s perceptions. This is why we encourage our students to take advantage of the many opportunities available throughout the year. Visits to the theatre happen bi-annually where possible and are open to most students (depending upon content). Many theatre visits are to the West End in London, where we have access to a variety of performances from the traditional to the more abstract. We have in the past been able to take advantage of workshops with cast members, which many students thoroughly enjoyed. Due to our central location, we also are able to take advantage of the various events and opportunities in other cities. Below are some of the visits we have been on recently. GCSE students are encouraged to take advantage of any theatre opportunities both locally and nationally in order to help deepen their knowledge of the theatre.

May 1 2014 – Matilda – London

Students from across the year groups were able to take this opportunity to see the hit musical Matilda in London’s West End. With a cast featuring mainly young performers, it brought huge smiles to all the faces in the audience, the big kids as well as the little ones. This musical was high energy and featured many different technical options, allowing us to watch in horror as the evil Miss Trunchbull spun a child by her ears before flinging her off into the audience! Year seven students thoroughly enjoyed their time and experience, whilst the older students were busy thinking about ideas they could incorporate into their own work.

November 14 2013 – Warhorse – London

November brought the chance to see this amazing show, which incorporates life size puppets in its imaginative yet heart tugging story of horses in the first world war. Students from across the year groups were able to take advantage of this visit and 54 of us were given front row seats to see this performance. We arrived in London to take advantage of the good weather for an outdoor lunch in front of the street performers in Covent Garden. Having enjoyed this free time, students walked the short distance to the theatre for what was to be a jaw dropping performance.

June 19 2013 – The Lion King – London

In June 2013, the Music and Drama staff took 50 key stage 3 and 4 students to London to take part in a dance workshop with cast members from the show, prior to lunch and premium seats at the hit West End production of Disney’s Lion King. The day was spent in and around Covent Garden, with lunch and the African Rhythms workshop included within the price of the trip. Students were able to visit Pineapple studios and even had their own free time before heading to the theatre where they were able to spot the cast members they had been working with earlier in the day.

June 5 2013 – Dirty Dancing – Manchester

This theatre trip was just a short two hour coach ride to the city of Manchester. It was available for all students who were involved in the school production and was taken up by 50 of our cast and crew as well as a few parents who couldn’t resist this production. We used funding from the school show to help keep costs low and were amazed to watch every well loved moment from the hit film, live on stage.

April 25 2013 – Sleep Tight – Lincoln Drill Hall

This was a performance by a local theatre group, which took place at Lincoln Drill Hall. Having arrived at the venue to find it cordoned off with police tape, the atmosphere was already set for a surprising turn of events. This trip was available to any student and was completely free!

November 8 2012 – Steven Berkoff – Shakespeare’s villains – LPAC Lincoln

In November, the GCSE students went to watch an exploration of Shakespeare’s villains at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. It was an amazing performance by this renowned actor, which not only provided an amazing learning opportunity in terms of Drama practitioners, but also helped students to have an understanding of some of the key villains in Shakespeare’s plays. All this for an amazing price of just £5!

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