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A backstage tour of the National Theatre

Published on 18/09/19

The annual sixth form theatre trip to London is always a hotly anticipated and exciting trip.

Sixth form drama students arrived at the National Theatre, including a visit to the Olivia and Littleton theatre, before going back stage to their carpentry, props and scene painting workshops. Students were able to handle past props and see Joey’s mother (one of the puppet horses not used in War Horse).

The group then travelled to the Trafalgar Studios to watch a very moving and poignant play called The Fisherman transferred from the Fringe. This intimate venue cleverly took us to the heart of Nigeria and was written by Chigozie Obioma. This novel was a finalist for the Booker prize and was sensitively adapted for stage by Gbolaham Obisesan.

Finally we made our way to the Phoenix Theatre for the highly acclaimed musical Come From Away. This fabulous story about the small island of Nova Scotia, Canada who were invaded by thousands of ‘plane people’  diverted there due to 9/11. This joyful, generous, hilarious and heart-warming tale touched all of us, with many students saying they 'wanted to come back again and again.’

A wonderful, worthwhile day and the sun stayed out all day for us too.