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Travelling theatre

Travelling theatre

Posted: 5th March 2018

Burnt Mill Academy is taking part in a free pilot event which could see visiting performances hosted at the school.

The school has been working with A New Direction, which works to ensure all children and young people can develop their creativity and play an active part in the culture and heritage of their community.

GCSE drama students in Year 9, 10 and 11 and those studying the Trinity Arts Award watched So Many Reasons, a play by writer and performer Rachel Ofori.

Drama teacher Benjamin Eva said: “We have been piloting the programme by A New Direction, who like to enrich students’ experiences of the arts and make it accessible for all. They are bringing new writers and different styles of theatre to the forefront of performance.

“This was a pilot event to potentially turn our school into a travelling theatre venue to enrich students’ theatre experiences, to expose them to professionals in the business and enrich their inclusion in theatre and the arts.”

So Many Reasons is about a second-generation Ghanaian woman being raised in Britain under the rule of her strict Ghanaian parents. The one-woman show looks to connect different cultures and experiences for today’s communities.

Students took part in a Q&A session where they asked about the play, how to improve their own performances and to gain valuable skills for their future.

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