Students’ week on the West End

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Students at a South Normanton school took part in a professional theatre project as part of their work experience.

Year nine and ten students at Frederick Gent School travelled to London, where they saw live theatre productions of Wicked and The Woman in Black.

At the Drury Lane Theatre, students then participated in a range of workshops and backstage tours.

With the company manager and professional actors, they also took part in additional workshops on the stage production of The Woman in Black.

Following this, students completed a dance workshop led by Cassy Brookes, who is an ex-cast member of Wicked, at the famous Pineapple Dance Studios.

During the session, students learned one of the ensemble dance pieces from the musical.

After a sightseeing tour of London, the students then returned home, where they took part in all-day rehearsals and technical workshops at Derby Theatre.

The students explored all aspects of backstage production and had the opportunity to perform on stage with the full range of technical support, sound and lights.

They were given an extract from Macbeth to bring to life using professionalstage costumes.

Rounding off the week, the students created an original piece of drama based around the Hillsborough disaster of 1989.

The performance allowed them to showcase all of the things they had absorbed during the week and they performed the work to an audience of year seven pupils.

Frederick Gent student Luci Wells said: “The week was intensive and action packed. Watching the shows was truly thrilling and many of my friends described them as ‘unforgettable’. The whole week was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”