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A-Level Drama students in the limelight

Students on stageBeaconsfield High School's A-Level Drama students performed in public for the first time last week at an open mic theatre night in London, experiencing the practicalities, thrills and nerves of a professional situation for the first time.

Five students took part in the Theatre in the Pound event at the Cockpit Theatre in Lisson Grove, performing a piece they created about a character who has trouble sleeping.

This is the first of several public performances for the A-Level group, says Julian Smith, Head of Creative Faculty: "We wanted to get the students out of the comfort zone of the drama studio and into the wider world. They have responded very well and are beginning to get a real sense of the challenges of a professional context and the need for real team work."

Aside from performing in front of an audience who provided feedback - professional theatre practitioners among them - the students also experienced the realities that face actors. "We got an insight into how small-scale touring theatre companies might work, having to load up the van, manage a tight get-in and adapt to a different stage setting," said student Gabi Besant.   

Later this year the students will take part in a workshop organised by international theatre group Punchdrunk.

Students in dressing room