Students perform to full houses at Georgian Theatre Royal

Drama and performing arts students from Richmond School and Sixth Form College have performed to full houses at the Georgian Theatre Royal.

The three performances, which were entirely the students’ own work, were examination pieces for their A-level drama and theatre studies and Ctec performing arts.

The first two segments were from Year 13 performing arts students Poppy Mortimer and Zara Brown who staged a short performance of their choice which was cast and directed by themselves.

The students were given total creative freedom for their interpretations, and they each produced an impressive piece of work. Both students were responsible for all the technical elements of their production including lighting, sound, set and costume.

Poppy chose to stage a comedy titled A Not So Dark and Stormy Night’ by EJ McFall.

Zara chose to stage a comedy titled ‘All’s Not Well That Ends Well’ by Juliet Devon.

The third and final segment of the evening was the Year 12 examination work for their devised component.

They presented a physical piece titled ‘Untitled’ which was devised from the play ‘Attempts on Her Life’ by Martin Crimp.

Drama teacher Stephen Birdsall said: “The standard of work presented during the evening was exceptionally high.

“I am super proud of the independence, determination and creativity shown by both Year 12 and 13 students along with the younger cast used by Zara in her piece.

“A huge well done to the Year 12s who not only had their formal examination themselves, but also performed in ‘A Not So Dark and Stormy Night’ for Poppy’s directorial assessment.

“As always, our students are excellent, professional ambassadors for Richmond School & Sixth Form College and thoroughly enjoy working in a professional setting at the Georgian Theatre Royal.”