Highfields students were lucky enough to experience an inspiring and engaging trip to London at the start of the Easter holidays. We went for a 3 day residential trip, focusing on the performing arts. Year 10-13 students took part in many fun drama, dance, music and theatre related activities. All of the students were invited on the trip as a reward for the hard work they put into last year’s Musical or their attitude to learning in GCSE and Alevel performing arts subjects. Whilst away, students took part in a ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’ workshop led by a West End professional who was performing in the very same musical. This allowed students to explore their characterisation, acting and movement skills.
The students watched ’Six’ Friday Evening, a performance about the 6 wives of Henry VIII at the Arts Theatre, an off-west end stage, after a brilliant 2 course meal at Hard Rock Cafe. Students described this show as ‘flawless’ and ‘sensational’! Their jaws were nearly at the floor for the whole 2 and a half hours! Daisy said: ‘It was so clever. It’s one of my new favourites!’.
Students were also lucky enough to see a matinee performance of ’The Woman in Black'. The Backstage Tour of The National Theatre was another highlight of the trip where they explored behind the stage of the theatre seeing the making of Props, Set and Costume. Students explored all areas of the working theatre and found the artists studio, the joinery and carpentry area as well as the 3 full working theatres. Students also had a walk through London, passing Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament. They enjoyed quality time on Oxford Street and in Covent Garden, too. We all also enjoyed ‘Thriller Live!' on Saturday night; a fun concert musical for all to sing and dance to!
Miss Bonsall who led the trip, said: “The students were superbly behaved and very enthusiastic for the whole trip! They enjoyed a sleepover with their friends at the Royal National Hotel (Russell Square) and an all-you-can-eat hot breakfast, too! They were a delight to take away and I was very proud of their theatre etiquette whilst watching the shows, as well as their dedicated hard work in the workshop – The videos are available to watch @HighfieldsDrama Twitter page. I get a buzz eveytime they demonstrate their true love for performing. They really are a pleasure!”