East is East is curtain raiser

18th October 2021

Students from year 10 and the sixth form ended Term 1 with the drama department’s first theatre visit in almost two years.
GCSE and A’Level pupils went to the National Theatre in London to see the 25th Anniversary production of Birmingham Rep’s smash hit ‘East is East’.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic performances were cancelled in 2020 as theatres across the country closed. With the lessening of restrictions in the summer the opportunity to attend live performances returned and demand for tickets was extremely high.
Our students were exemplary throughout the visit which included an impromptu tour of London and a chance to see some of our capitals highlights such as Tower Bridge, the Parliament building and the London Eye. For some of them this was their first visit to London.
Mr Smith said "It was so nice to finally be able to take the students back to the theatre. Theatre trips are often a highlight of the course for our students and we're so pleased to be able to return and support an industry that has really suffered through the pandemic. It's always a pleasure to share these moments with our students and to hear them laughing and enjoying themselves during their visit."
The performance itself proved popular with students who enjoyed the plays comic moments and were able to see some excellent character work and performances from the cast. It has provided a valuable learning experience for students who will now use the performance as a reference point in their live theatre evaluations.
Mr Smith added "I'd also like to thank Mrs Douglas and Mr Gibbons for joining us and helping to make the visit a a resounding success."
The drama department are now preparing a second trip to a different play for year 11 pupils. This will hopefully take place in the Spring.

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