Theatre Visits

Theatre visits enrich pupils understanding and knowledge of Drama and the skills required to make performances memorable and magical for an audience. The Drama department are, therefore, constantly on the look out for interesting, educational and enjoyable plays to take pupils to see. Over the last few years, we have been to see ‘Blood Brothers’ in Nottingham, ‘The Woman in Black’ at The Regent Theatre, ‘Teechers’ in Buxton and most recently, ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’ in Bolton.

London Theatre Visit

For the past two years, the Drama department has organised a visit to London where pupils participate in a range of Drama related educational activities as well as have the opportunity to see a professional west end show. Below you will find the itineraries and some of the photographs for the 2011 visit to see ‘Wicked’ and the 2012 visit to see ‘Blood Brothers’.

‘Blood Brothers’

Wednesday 11th April 2012

  • 9.00am: Pupils meet outside the school gates and travel on the coach to the hotel. There will be a planned stop at the motorway services for lunch. Pupils will need to bring money or a packed lunch with them.
  • 2pm: Pupils arrive at the hotel (Ibis) and check in. Pupils have time to change into smart casual clothes for the visit to the theatre.
  • 3pm: Pupils depart hotel for London sight-seeing.
  • 5.15pm: Meal at Adam’s Rib.
  • 7.45pm: Pupils watch the performance of ‘Blood Brothers’ at the Phoenix Theatre.
  • 10.30pm: (Approximately) Depart theatre. Pupils will be transported back to the hotel.
  • 11.00pm: (Approximately) Pupils will be in their own rooms.

Thursday 12th April 2012

  • 8.00am: (Approximately) Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9.00am: Check out and depart hotel.
  • 10.15am: Backstage tour of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
  • 1pm: West End Workshop here pupils have the opportunity to meet one of the actors from ‘Blood Brothers’ as well as participate in a Drama workshop run by a professional west end actor.
  • 2.30pm: Lunch and time to shop/soak up the atmosphere in Covent Garden.
  • 4.30pm: Depart London and travel back to school.
  • 8.30pm: (Approximately) Arrive at school.

Pupils’ Comments:

  • ‘It was an amazing opportunity and extremely educational’
  • ‘I felt like I was treated as an adult’
  • ‘I enjoyed watching ‘Blood Brothers’ and being able to ask questions’
  • ‘It will be something I’ll never forget’

‘Wicked’

Tuesday 19th April 2011

  • 9.30am: Pupils meet outside the school gates and travel on the coach to the hotel. There will be a planned stop at the motorway services for lunch. Pupils will need to bring money or a packed lunch with them.
  • 2pm: Pupils arrive at the hotel and check in. Pupils have time to change into smart casual clothes for the visit to the theatre.
  • 3pm: Pupils depart hotel for London sight-seeing.
  • 5.15pm: Meal at the Hard Rock Cafe.
  • 7.30pm: Pupils watch the performance of ‘Wicked’ at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
  • 10.30pm: (Approximately) Depart theatre. Pupils will be transported back to the hotel.
  • 11pm: (Approximately) Pupils will be in their own rooms.

Wednesday 20th April 2011

  • 8.00am: (Approximately) Breakfast at the hotel.
  • 9.00am: Check out and depart hotel.
  • 10.30am: Backstage tour of the Queen’s Theatre where ‘Les Miserables’ is performed and opportunity to try on some of the costumes used in the show.
  • 11.30am: Packed Lunch.
  • 1pm: West End Workshop here pupils have the opportunity to meet a professional actress who used to play one of the lead roles in ‘Wicked’ and take part in a west end workshop run by a professional actor.
  • 2.40pm: Depart London and travel back to school.
  • 6.30pm: (Approximately) Arrive at school.