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22nd November 2021

On Thursday 11 November, audience members arrived at St Brendan’s Sixth Form College for the first public performance in the Theatre since lockdown began in March 2020.

For the evening, St Brendan’s Acting and Dance students took to the stage to present a performance of Oh What A Lovely War! originally written by Theatre Workshop and edited by Joan Littlewood.

The performance was organised to fall on Remembrance Day and, whilst tickets were free, donations on the night raised funds to support the Royal British Legion, a charity providing financial, social and emotional support to members and veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependents.

The show is a theatrical chronicle of the First World War, told through the songs and documents of the period. St Brendan’s Performing Arts Academy brought their own twist to the play, which focused on a group of stagehands as they piece together the events that led to the outbreak of war.  

The performance expertly and powerfully explored the causes and impact that the First World War had on both individuals and entire nations. It featured scenes, songs and movement pieces performed by the Level 3 BTEC Acting students, as well as a striking piece devised by A-Level Dance students.

The first public performance back in the Theatre at St Brendan’s was a resounding success, and the Performing Arts Academy looks forward to presenting their musical Sister Act this festive season, 8th- 10th December.

Tickets are £8 (£5 Concessions) and are available to purchase now! Book yours here.