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Key Stage 4 Theatre Trip

11th Feb 2016

On the 11 February 2016, students from our Tipton and West Bromwich campuses visited the Birmingham Reparatory Theatre to watch a live performance of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. The novella was studied as part of our English Literature course last year and in a bid to raise learners’ aspirations, engage further with the text and boost social and moral awareness, we arranged a special theatre visit.

What made this different to your regular theatre performances, was the fact that our students had the opportunity to chat to both the director and the cast beforehand and also enjoy a backstage tour where they were given a glimpse into the world of make-up, sound, set and costume design.

With a turnout from at least five other schools, our students took centre stage in directing the murder of Curley’s wife scene. The cast took directions from our students regarding speech, tone and action on a bespoke set, to get the story across to its extremely critical audience.

Our students also had the opportunity to interview Lennie (played by Kristian Phillips) and George (played by William Rodell). The cast members were put under the spotlight with several tough questions from our group, including how they resolved the issue of casting Candy’s dog. Then it was the turn of Terry King, the fight director, to show his audience just how much time and effort it takes to perfect and master the movements in a fight scene, before it is eventually brought to the stage.

Students finally settled in to watch an eagerly awaited matinee performance and along with staff were thoroughly gripped by the experience and look forward to another exciting day out to the theatre.