On Friday 9th March a group of 40, predominantly Drama students, travelled down to the capital city. After a short train journey, we arrived at our very central hotel, right near Euston Station. We were able to spend an hour unpacking and freshening up before we braved the underground and headed for a deliciously fresh pizza dinner. After we all refuelled we headed to The Prince of Wales Theatre to see the first of our critically acclaimed performances, The Book of Mormon. All students enjoyed this satirical comedy and gestic acting but back at the hotel we took the opportunity to discuss the hugely important messages that the play explored. After a restful night’s sleep we woke early for breakfast and headed to our West End Workshop and this is where we got the opportunity to work with two West End actors who also choreograph and direct stage combat in and around The West End.
We worked on a section of script from the play we had seen the night before and played around with how different characters exuded energy on stage. The last 20 minutes of our 90-minute workshop was spent in a question and answer session with a performer from the previous night’s show. It was here that we were able to find out exactly what it requires to become an actor; what higher and further educational paths different West End practitioners take and what the process of creating such an incredible show was: a truly inspirational experience. After our workshop we had the opportunity to explore Covent Garden and grab a bite to eat as well as a few souvenirs. The Harold Pinter Theatre was our next stop and we witnessed a thought provoking and challenging performance of The Birthday Party with superb performances from many household names such as Zoe Wanamaker and Toby Jones, to name but a few. Once again, the Drama departments annual London Trip was a huge success!
Emily T – 6th Form Drama Ambassador