On Wednesday 11th January 33 Year 10 & 11 Drama students visited the Queens Theatre in London to experience Les Miserables- the tale of political and social upheaval during 19th century France, where students followed two characters through an epic and life-defining adventure as one tracks another for two decades of his life whilst a new revolution peers over the horizon.
The students were very impressed with the production, and the day after were able to take part in a 60-minute practical workshop at Pineapple Studios with a West End professional based on the ‘At the end of the day’ scene from the show. Here, students were challenged to inject energy into their work and consider matching their body language to their tone of voice.
Following this, students were given the opportunity to explore Covent Garden Piazza before taking their seats for the much anticipated performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue.
Adapted by Simon Stephens from the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon and directed by Marianne Elliott, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won seven Olivier Awards in 2013, including Best Play. Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone, an Asperger’s syndrome sufferer, is determined to solve a grisly murder. Struggling with the limitations of his condition, Christopher goes in search of the pieces to this puzzle but instead starts to uncover important clues about his own life. Graham Butler as Christopher brings the boy’s inner turmoil and painful honesty uncompromisingly to life. The stage is transformed into a giant mathematical grid by Bunny Christie’s brilliant set design and projections are used to transport the audience to different locations and to give us a glimpse into Christopher’s anguished mind.
A tired but satisfied group set off back to school that evening through the snow fall in London.