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5th April 2018

It’s been a busy March for the Performing Arts Academy, with students across both A-level Drama and BTEC Performing Arts classes rehearsing and performing to a range of audiences; from young children to industry professionals.

Students perform WANT.

Students perform WANT.

A group of nine Performing Arts Diploma students were tasked with the challenging mission of capturing the imagination of primary school children as part of their Theatre for Children assessment. The group took their adaptation of the children’s story Where the Wild Things Are out to 5 – 7 year olds at four local primary schools. The production was a huge success and was fantastic experience for the students who are in their first year of their Diploma. As well as performing, the talented group also composed music and pulled together an original script, song and dance.

From primary school to the public, a group of seven highly talented St Brendan’s students were selected to perform in the National Theatre Connections Festival, and took on the challenge of a new play by Barney Norris; Want. The play tells the stories of a constellation of young people through a series of charged, longing exchanges. The actors performed in the regional heats at The Egg (Theatre Royal Bath) last month and are waiting to hear if they are one of the ten companies from across the UK who have been selected to perform their play at the National Theatre in London!

The work doesn’t stop there for the Performing Arts Academy, as they head towards their biggest production of the year. This April, students will be bringing the West Side to St Brendan’s! West Side Story will be open to the public on the 19th and 20th April (7:30pm) – you can get your tickets here! 

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