Y10 discover London’s arts & theatre scene

Last month nine students in Year 10 set off on a three-day trip to London to learn about the contemporary London theatre and drama scene. They are students of Ms Plummer’s Drama class, which started as a new GCSE subject this academic year in the BSB.

The aim of the trip was to enhance and develop understanding and appreciation of Drama, performance art, production and direction by watching performances, attending workshops and participating in backstage tours.

To this end, the students, accompanied by Ms Plummer and Mr Cook (English teacher), spent some of their time in London visiting many of its world-renowned cultural sights, such as the English National Opera, the ‘Tate Modern’ art gallery, the British Museum and The Globe, where they enjoyed a backstage tour of the theatre. They also participated in an acting workshop with an actress who previously performed on stage at The Globe and enjoyed an authentic performance of ‘The Changeling’ by candlelight.

The students enjoyed sightseeing in Covent Garden and the South Bank, strolling around the ever vibrant Russell Square and Oxford Street, and taking in the exhibits at the British Museum.

At the Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End they could also attend the captivating Royal Shakespeare Company performance of “Matilda The Musical”, the multi-award winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s celebrated children’s novel.

According to Ms Plummer: “The trip was precisely tailored to fit the curriculum. The students have recently completed work on ‘Macbeth’ and therefore really benefited from an opportunity to visit Shakespeare’s Globe and understand the context of the original performances. They also had a great time!”

The GCSE Drama group is currently collaborating with other School Societies at the BSB for their upcoming performance of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.