Drama students perform at Royal & Derngate Theatre Northampton
On Thursday 4th April, 33 Drama students from Years 12 and 10 went to the Royal and Derngate Theatre in Northampton, to perform as part of the National Connections Festival. The project is run by the National Theatre, who commission ten new plays each year for young people to perform, bringing together some of the UK’s most exciting playwrights with theatre groups and schools. This year our play was ‘The Sad Club’ written by Luke Barnes. The play explores anxiety and different issues, which can stop people enjoying life, but uses upbeat songs and interesting characters to show the audience that these things can be overcome, and give a positive spin on the difficult plot.
The students had a fantastic day in Northampton. It began with a technical rehearsal, and then the performance of our piece in the Royal Theatre. Our students then had the opportunity to watch four other groups perform their plays, and meet the other young people who were involved in the festival. We then had a workshop with a theatre professional. This was a brilliant opportunity for our students, who had already performed the play twice at Vandyke, to work in a professional theatre with professional theatre makers. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and took so much away from it.