The Drama Department offered its first residential trip for many years to London from Tuesday 17th – Thursday 19th April 2018, for Theatre Studies pupils in the fourth year, fifth year and Upper Sixth Form, as well as couple of other pupils with a passion for theatre.
The trip began with an exciting and exuberant 'The Lion King' Musical Theatre Workshop at Pineapple Dance Studios. The pupils were led by professional performers from the show and were shown the choreography for some of the musical songs, before performing as an entire group.
That evening, the pupils saw what they had learnt in the workshop first hand in an evening performance of 'The Lion King' at the Lyceum Theatre, where they were impressed by the puppetry and costume design in this much-loved West End show.
On the second day, the pupils attended an Acting Masterclass Workshop at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where they were led by a professional actress and challenged to explore scripted extracts using different acting techniques and through engaging exercises.
That afternoon the pupils then had the fantastic opportunity to see 'Matilda the Musical' at The Cambridge Theatre, which was highly entertaining with its catchy songs, imaginative set and comical performances.
On the final day, pupils had the chance to explore Shakespeare's Globe, with a guided tour and then a wonder around the exhibition. Pupils visited the theatre itself and learnt about it's history before seeing costumes from previous productions and sword fighting in the exhibition.
The trip then culminated with a terrifying visit to The Fortune Theatre, to see the tense and dramatic stage adaptation of 'The Woman in Black', where pupils experienced a spine-chilling theatrical performance.