September 13, 2023

Two Plays in One Day trip to London

The Drama Department took students on a trip to London to watch, not one but, two plays in one day. Students were treated to The God of Carnage at Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre, followed by Guys and Dolls at the Bridge Theatre.

The first play was the Olivier and Tony award winning play; The God of Carnage, which has been described as a ‘darkly funny roller-coaster’ exploring the extremes of human behaviour. According to Sophie (Year 10) “The God of Carnage was very clever, thought-provoking show. The rotating stage made you see the story unfold from all different angles and there were lots of little details. It was a one act show and there were no scene changes which was new to me, but it flowed and worked nicely plus the acting was incredible.”

The evening performance of the acclaimed musical Guys and Dolls was an excellent contrast. The experience was an immersive show where the audience stood throughout the performance as the action takes place around them. Lucy (Resident Drama Graduate) explained “There were ushers who were dressed as policemen, and they were moving the audience around to the right places because the stage kept moving up and down; our students hadn’t really experienced that before and I think they found it really cool.”

Peter Scoggins, Head of Drama, was equally impressed, remarking “Just incredible. The level of performance and design was amazing. “

Abbey (Year 10) concluded “I think I greatly benefitted from the drama trip because I experienced 2 very different types of theatre that I had never really experienced before, so now I have a much broader range of theatre styles that I can use in my own devising and performing”.

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