A-Level Drama students in the limelight
Beaconsfield High School's A-Level Drama students performed in public for the first time last week at an open mic theatre night in London, experiencing the practicalities, thrills and nerves of a professional situation for the first time.
Five students took part in the Theatre in the Pound event at the Cockpit Theatre in Lisson Grove, performing a piece they created about a character who has trouble sleeping.
This is the first of several public performances for the A-Level group, says Julian Smith, Head of Creative Faculty: "We wanted to get the students out of the comfort zone of the drama studio and into the wider world. They have responded very well and are beginning to get a real sense of the challenges of a professional context and the need for real team work."
Aside from performing in front of an audience who provided feedback - professional theatre practitioners among them - the students also experienced the realities that face actors. "We got an insight into how small-scale touring theatre companies might work, having to load up the van, manage a tight get-in and adapt to a different stage setting," said student Gabi Besant.
Later this year the students will take part in a workshop organised by international theatre group Punchdrunk.