Recently a group of our Year 10 GCSE drama and LAMDA students perform at The Drum Theatre, Plymouth as part of the National Theatre’s Connections Festival 2015. The Pupils have been rehearsing since November on ‘Hood’ a play written especially for the festival by Katherine Chandler. The plot revolves around a family of children whose life has been changed as a result of the mother leaving and the father not being able to cope. The eldest daughter, Hood, takes on the role of matriarch and attempts to keep the family together.
The play is filled with humour, pathos and puppetry with a father made up of redundant parts of a stereo, thank you Mrs Lory for access the upcycle room!
Our cast of 21 pupils, were joined by ex-pupil Owen Yelland now studying lighting at Truro College, worked tirelessly making the play evocative, atmospheric and engaging. A director from the National Theatre, Edward Stambollouian acknowledged their efforts on a visit to FRA, “A cast with real energy who bring a sense of joy to the piece,” he commented after the show. The Theatre Royal education department also remarked on the groups “professional approach” to their day performing in the theatre and Mr Perry described them as, “A real credit to the academy.”
Next year is the 21st anniversary of the Connections Project and we are very excited about taking part in this fantastic opportunity again with a new play.
Congratulations to all who took part!